Public Comment on California’s Proposed Restriction of SGARs
Public Comment on the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Proposal to Designate Second-Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides as California-Restricted Materials
On July 19, 2013 California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (CA DPR) announced a proposal to restrict use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGAR) to address the statewide problem of wildlife exposure and poisoning from products containing SGARS.
The Public’s Response
This move has prompted a response from industry, government agencies, California residents and advocacy groups, who have sent in letters to the CA DPR commenting on the proposed restriction. Over 23,000 people sent in comments in support of greater restrictions on SGARs. The Safe Rodent Control (SRC) Coalition has collected these letters with the purpose of making this information available to the public through our website and to broaden the discussion on rodenticide use.
Click here to read the letters written by Rickett-Benckiser, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Earthjustice, Californians for Pesticide Reform, the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Audubon California and many others.
What Does this Proposed Restriction Mean?
CA DPR has proposed to minimize accidental exposures of children, pets and wildlife by limiting the sales and use of SGARs. In effect, the proposed restrictions would limit the possession and use of SGARs to only certified pesticide applicators. At the same time this action would expand the definition of private applicator to include livestock producers to mirror the federal definition, opening up the potential for increased agricultural use. Making SGARs unavailable to general consumers may encourage people to use other rodent control strategies, such as integrated pest management and non-chemical measures. However, the effect of these restrictions on wildlife remains uncertain. Use of SGARs under this proposed rule change still leaves wildlife that consume poisoned rodents in a vulnerable position.
SRC welcomes you to read these letters and become informed on the many sides of this debate. Learn how the proposed restriction could impact the public, private and nonprofit sectors in California.