The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking comments on its proposal to register the new active ingredient ipflufenoquin.
Such a fungicide may be beneficial in the management of several plant diseases, some of which are resistant to other fungicides. The proposed labeling is for powdery mildew and powdery mildew on pome fruit, and brown rot blossom blight, shot hole, anthracnose, scab and Alternaria leaf spot on almonds.
The EPA assessment included a sound scientific evaluation, which was used to conclude that there are no risks of concern to humans. The ecological risk assessment showed that there were no risks of concern to any tested non-target, non-listed organisms (i.e., not an endangered or threatened species), including birds, bees, and terrestrial plants.
EPA is committed to advancing the protection of endangered species, including conducting analyses and implementing mitigations early in the registration process. For ipflufenoquin, EPA evaluated the potential effects on federally endangered or threatened species (“listed species”) and their designated critical habitats.
EPA has determined that iplufenoquin will have no effect on listed species, except for listed terrestrial plants and species that have an obligate (i.e., necessary for survival) relationship with a terrestrial plant species. EPA has not yet made a final effects determination for listed terrestrial plants and listed species that have an obligate relationship and is gathering additional information to make this decision.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will accept public comment on this proposal through docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2020-0225 at www.regulations.gov for 15 days.