EPA issues final risk mitigation decision for ten rodenticides


Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 4, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final risk mitigation decision for ten rodenticides. 73 Fed. Reg. 31868. The decision is incorporated in a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) and is posted on EPA’s website. EPA’s risk mitigation decision represents EPA’s final decision on the reregistration eligibility of rodenticide products containing brodifacoum, bromodialone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, cholecalciferol, difethialone, diphacinone, warfarin, and zinc phosphide. EPA also notes that its decision constitutes final action in response to the District Court’s remand in West Harlem Envtl. Action v. U.S. EPA, 380 F. Supp. 2d 289 (S.D.N.Y 2004).

To minimize children’s exposure to rodenticide products used in homes, EPA is requiring that al rodenticide products marketed to general and residential consumers be sold only with bait stations. EPA will permit different bait stations, providing a variety of cost and protection options, all of which EPA believes will meet EPA’s stated goal of preventing children’s access to bait. The total amount of bait sold with the bait station cannot exceed one pound. Bait refills may not be sold individually. They must be sold with at least one bait station. The final rule prohibits meal, treated whole-grain, pelleted, and liquid forms of bait.

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