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RE: Pesticide Sales Ban--Dursban (Chlorpyrifos)




On the issue of proper disposal, you may refer people to "Earth's 911" at
1-800-CLEANUP  or www.1800cleanup.org to locate their community specific
information on HHW programs. If any local HHW coordinators would like to
provide more detailed information on their HHW programs for the consumer
through the Earth's 911 system they can do so by e-mailing Anne Reichman at
areichman@cleanup.org. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly D. Moran [mailto:kmoran@tdcenvironmental.com]
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2000 11:09 AM
To: P2 ucsd; p2tech
Subject: Pesticide Sales Ban--Dursban (Chlorpyrifos)


As you may have heard, the U.S. EPA has announced an agreement to end
most uses of the organophosphate pesticide Dursban (Chlorpyrifos, also
sold under many other trade names).  Since this announcement has been
getting a good deal of press, you may be contacted regarding this ban. 
Here is a bit of key information that may be important for those working
in pollution prevention:

Why was it banned?
The pesticide sales and use ban was primarily due to concerns for human
health effects, especially potential effects on children.  The EPA and
many other government officials are also concerned about the
environmental effects of chlorpyrifos, which include effects on
beneficial insects and on water quality.

What should people do with their current supply of dursban products?
If they are a resident, they should take it to a household hazardous

waste facility or event (they can contact their local government for
information).  If they are a business, they should arrange to send it
back to their supplier.  ****It is VERY important that people do not
pour this pesticide down the drain or put it it in the trash.****

What are the alternatives?
Many alternatives exist to control the pests that dursban was used to
control.  Switching to a non-chemical or least toxic chemical control
method is best.  Practical information on such pest control methods
(generally knows as "integrated pest management") is available on many
web sites.  Here are a few especially good, practical sources for homes
and urban businesses:
	www.centralsan.org/education/ipm/hgonlineguide.html
	www.ci.sf.ca.us/ipm/pest.htm
	www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/selectnewpest.home.html
	
Switching to another chemical is not a great idea--most of the
alternatives have not yet been reviewed by EPA for effects on children's
health and on water quality.  Future bans of some of the alternative
chemicals are likely (and will require yet another change on the part of
the consumer).  Switching now to integrated pest management would be P2,
will prevent future problems, and will avoid the likely need in the
future for another switch.

Kelly Moran
TDC Environmental

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RE: Pesticide Sales Ban--Dursban (Chlorpyrifos) 

On the issue of proper disposal, you may refer people = to "Earth's 911" at
1-800-CLEANUP  or = www.1800cleanup.org to locate their community specific
information on = HHW programs. If any local HHW coordinators would like to
provide more = detailed information on their HHW programs for the consumer
through the = Earth's 911 system they can do so by e-mailing Anne Reichman
at = areichman@cleanup.org. 

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kelly D. Moran [mailto:kmoran@tdcenvironment= al.com] 
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2000 11:09 AM 
To: P2 ucsd; p2tech 
Subject: Pesticide Sales Ban--Dursban = (Chlorpyrifos) 

As you may have heard, the U.S. EPA has announced an = agreement to end 
most uses of the organophosphate pesticide Dursban = (Chlorpyrifos, also 
sold under many other trade names).  Since this = announcement has been 
getting a good deal of press, you may be contacted = regarding this ban. 
Here is a bit of key information that may be = important for those working 
in pollution prevention: 

Why was it banned? 
The pesticide sales and use ban was primarily due to = concerns for human 
health effects, especially potential effects on = children.  The EPA and 
many other government officials are also concerned = about the 
environmental effects of chlorpyrifos, which include = effects on 
beneficial insects and on water quality. 

What should people do with their current supply of = dursban products? 
If they are a resident, they should take it to a = household hazardous 
waste facility or event (they can contact their = local government for 
information).  If they are a business, they = should arrange to send it 
back to their supplier.  ****It is VERY = important that people do not 
pour this pesticide down the drain or put it it in = the trash.**** 

What are the alternatives? 
Many alternatives exist to control the pests that = dursban was used to 
control.  Switching to a non-chemical or least = toxic chemical control 
method is best.  Practical information on such = pest control methods 
(generally knows as "integrated pest = management") is available on many 
web sites.  Here are a few especially good, = practical sources for homes 
and urban businesses: 
        www.centralsan.org/education/ipm/hgonlineguide.html 
        www.ci.sf.ca.us/ipm/pest.htm 
        www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/selectnewpest.home.html 
       =20 
Switching to another chemical is not a great = idea--most of the 
alternatives have not yet been reviewed by EPA for = effects on children's 
health and on water quality.  Future bans of = some of the alternative 
chemicals are likely (and will require yet another = change on the part of 
the consumer).  Switching now to integrated = pest management would be P2, 
will prevent future problems, and will avoid the = likely need in the 
future for another switch. 

Kelly Moran 
TDC Environmental 

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