EPA OKs low-odor, low-VOC insecticide

02/20/2012 11:37:00 AM
By Vicky Boyd, Editor

Vulcan insecticideThe Environmental Protection Agency has registered Vulcan insecticide from MANA Crop Protection of Raleigh, N.C., for use on several crops, including pome fruits, tree nuts, grapes, citrus and vegetables.

The product contains the active ingredient chlorpyrifos but in a low-odor formulation, says Dave Feist, MANA innovations project manager in Fort Collins, Colo.

The formulation also meets California's requirements for reduced volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, but still has the quick insect knock-down of an emulsifiable concentrate, or EC, he says.

Vulcan contains a proprietary formulation that is "kind of oil based but not an EC—it's kind of in between," Feist says. "It gives you all of the pluses and attributes of a water-based but with the control of an EC-based product."

While many ECs carry a signal word of "danger" on their label, Vulcan has the signal word "warning," he says.

What this means is less personal protective equipment, or PPE, for required by workers.

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