EPA phases out pesticide AZM
November 16, 2006
• Will still be in use six years from now
• Buffer zones increased
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is calling for the phasing out of the 10 remaining uses of the organophosphate insecticide azinphos-methyl, known as AZM.
It will be years before the last of the AZM is ended, however. According to the EPA’s proposal, use of the pesticide will end as follows:
• Brussels sprouts and nursery stock by September 2007;
• Almonds, pistachios and walnuts by October 2009;
• Apples, blueberries, cherries, parsley and pears by September 2012.
During the phase-out the EPA says it will decrease allowable application rates and increase buffer zones.
All other uses of AZM have been voluntarily cancelled by the registrants. Pesticide manufacturers have also agreed to develop training materials to educate workers regarding how to avoid unnecessary exposure, the EPA says.