Vicky BoydArysta LifeScience conducted several field trials with Midas and chloropicrin in Florida strawberries.After pulling the fumigant methyl iodide off the market in March, the product's registrant—Arysta LifeScience—has requested that the Environmental Protection Agency cancel its federal registration, according to a news release.
At the time that Arysta made the decision to halt sales, a spokesperson said it was due to economics, and it would enable the company to focus its resources elsewhere.
Cary, N.C.-based Arysta marketed the soil fumigant as Midas, a blend of methyl iodide and chloropicrin.
The EPA granted a one-year conditional registration in 2007 and subsuquently issued a full registration.
Although most states followed suit and registered the product without much public criticism, California was different.
California already requires additional testing by registrants to register a product.
In the case of methyl iodide, it also had an independent panel conduct additional reviews.
Despite thousands of comments requesting the state not register the product, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation approved its use in December 2010.
The timing also marked one of the last decisions made by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration before he left office.
At about the same time that Arysta announced it was pulling the product off the market this year, it also made a formal request to CDPR that the state registration be canceled.