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January 20, 2009   Email to Friend 

EPA SEEKS COMMENTS ON ELIMINATION OF 2,4-D HERBICIDE
Jeff Helms
(334) 613-4212
January 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments on a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to revoke all tolerances and cancel all pesticide registrations for the herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D).

2,4-D is a common systemic herbicide used in the control of broadleaf weeds. It is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and the third most commonly used in North America.

"This herbicide is critically important to Alabama farmers and American agriculture in general," said Alabama Farmers Federation Beef, Equine and Hay and Forage Director Perry Mobley. "Livestock and row crop producers alike depend on 2, 4-D -- in and of itself and as a component in many herbicide formulations -- to control broadleaf weeds. If farmers are to continue to feed a hungry and growing world population, we must maintain 2,4-D as a management tool."

The request for comment was published in the Dec. 24 Federal Register, and comments must be received on or before Feb. 23.

Farmers are encouraged to submit comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0877, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: .

Click here to comment at www.regulations.gov.


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