WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to cancel certain uses of the propoxur after preliminary human health assessment found risks from certain applications, EPA announced yesterday.
“Today, we are taking strong steps to protect human health—especially the health of children—from this widely used insecticide,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “The agency will continue its work to reduce exposure from pesticides that pose the greatest risk to those who are the most vulnerable.”
From 1995 to 2013, EPA has reduced exposure from carbamates, the class of insecticide that includes propoxur. The use of carbamates has fallen by 70 percent.
EPA and the registrant reached an agreement to voluntarily cancel certain uses of propoxur. At the same time, EPA is proposing to cancel certain other pesticide registrations. Voluntary cancellation is the quickest way to fully address these risks, and best protect public health. EPA is proposing to cancel all indoor aerosol, spray and liquid formulations of propoxur inside hospitals and other commercial or institutional facilities where children may be present and all use in food-handling establishments.
After these cancellations, there would be no remaining food uses, and no tolerances levels for propoxur. In 2007, EPA cancelled the use of propoxur sprays inside homes, day care facilities, and schools, and in 2014, EPA cancelled propoxur pet collars. Today’s action was conducted as part of the agency’s registration review program.
EPA is requesting a 30 day comment period that will begin upon publication in the Federal Register at: www.regulations.gov and searching for EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0296.
EPA is posting a pre-publication copy at: http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/proposed-cancellation-certain-uses-propoxur
PROVO, Utah — The American Business Awards announced Alterra Pest Control as winner of the first place gold award as the “Fastest Growing Service Company of the Year” for 2015.
The American Business Awards honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. More than 3,300 nominations from organizations in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration. Past Stevie Award winners in the past include Apple, Samsung, Ford Motor Company, Procter & Gamble, BASF, among many others.
Alterra was also honored at the recent ceremony last Monday in Chicago with two more silver awards. One of these silver place awards was for the “Company of the Year” in the “Business Services” category. The second went to Alterra’s CEO David Royce for “Executive of the Year” in the “Business Services” category.
“We are excited and humbled to be recognized nationally by such a prestigious organization, alongside an incredible group of business leaders. We are also very grateful for Alterra’s tribe of associates and management team who have passionately helped us build Alterra into what it is today.” – David Royce (CEO)
“Company culture is the backbone of everything we do. It is what helps us achieve what no other company can in the pest control industry. As a result, we have a very bright future ahead of Alterra and it’s a great feeling to have these achievements recognized by such an outstanding institution,” said Alterra President Vess Pearson.