EPA Denies Request for Section 18 for Counter 20G on Cotton

Below is a statement made by Stephen Cole (Directer of Clemson Department of Pesticide Regulation) and John Mueller (Clemson Agronomic Team Leader and Plant Pathology Specialist).

16 April, 2015

Earlier this week, the U.S. EPA denied a request made by the Clemson Department of Pesticide Regulation to allow use of Counter 20G on cotton in South Carolina for the 2015 growing season.  This means that South Carolina cotton growers will no longer be allowed to legally use Counter 20G for any reason.  Counter 20G that you already own may not be used on cotton.  If a grower is found to be using Counter 20G in this manner, it will be a violation of state and federal pesticide regulations and they will be subject to fines and/or other enforcement actions.  We regret the EPA’s decision to deny South Carolina’s request, however, at this point the Department of Pesticide Regulation is compelled by law to enforce the federal position with regard to the use of Counter 20G within the state.

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