Dow has issued a statement on the recent Associated Press story regarding chlorpyrifos.
The recent Associated Press story regarding government reviews of chlorpyrifos contained a number of misleading and inaccurate statements. Chlorpyrifos is, in fact, one of the most widely used and thoroughly studied pest control products in the world, supported by more than 4,000 studies examining chlorpyrifos in terms of health, safety, and the environment. It is approved not only for use in the U.S., but nearly 100 countries. In its preparation of biological evaluations of chlorpyrifos and the other compounds under the Endangered Species Act, EPA did not apply its own standards of data quality, nor did it follow its own procedures. As a result, Dow and other companies submitted concerns and scientific requests through various proper channels. Dow stands by the safety of chlorpyrifos and believes that comprehensive regulatory review of all available data will continue to support the safety of the registered uses of this product.
Dow is providing links to letters sent on behalf of Dow AgroSciences, Adama, and FMC in full transparency of the companies’ request. We are advocating that EPA return to applying its own standards of data quality and following its own procedures. Dow will continue to actively participate in policymaking and political processes in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws.