Beginning Dec. 1, the Environmental Protection Agency implemented label changes for soil fumigants that include buffer zones, tarp credits, postings, emergency preparedness programs, applicator training, fumigant management plans and notice of intent to apply.
The new rules apply to the soil fumigants methyl bromide, chloropicrin, metam sodium-metam potassium and dazomet, according to a news release.
In addition, registrants are only allowed to sell and distribute soil fumigants that carry the Phase 2 label measures.
Agricultural chemical dealers who are not registrants can sell and distribute existing stocks of products with the Phase 1 label.
The same applies to growers and applicators—they can use up existing stocks of soil fumigants bearing the Phase 1 label.
For more information about the new soil fumigant requirements, visit the EPA.