From MontereyCountyWeekly.com, “Petition to Suspend and Cancel All Registrations for the Soil Fumigant Iodomethane (Methyl Iodide)” by EarthJustice, 31 Mar 2011.
Petition to Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency.
On behalf of Pesticide Action Network North America, Pesticide Watch, Californians for Pesticide Reform, Farmworkers Association of Florida, Toxic Free North Carolina, OregonToxics Alliance, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Migrant Clinicians Network, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, Farmworker Justice, and the United Farm Workers (collectively, “Petitioners”), we are writing to petition the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to exercise its authority under Section 6 of the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”), 7 U.S.C. § 136d, to suspend and cancel all registrations for the pesticide iodomethane. This petition is filed pursuant the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 551 et seq.
On January 6, 2006, EPA proposed designating iodomethane, or methyl iodide, as a non-food use pesticide when used as a pre-plant soil fumigant in agricultural fields to be planted with tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, certain ornamentals, turf, and replanted trees and vines. On October 5, 2007, EPA approved a time-limited, one-year conditional registration of methyliodide. On September 29, 2008, EPA issued a new registration notice converting the time-limited conditional registration to a time-unlimited conditional registration, leaving as conditions only the requirements that the registrant provide a product training/stewardship program and that it follow the data and label submission requirements of other soil fumigants.