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S-metolachlor (Dual Magnum)
NYS DEC Letter - Specific Exemption Request for Use on Red Beets 2/04

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials

Bureau of Pesticides Management, 9th Floor
625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7254
Phone: (518) 402-8788     FAX: (518) 402-9024
Website: www.dec.state.ny.us

February 25, 2004

Mr. Dan Rosenblatt
Team Leader
USEPA/Office of Pesticide Programs
Emergency Response Team (7505C)
Document Processing Desk
Crystal Mall 2--2nd Floor 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Arlington, Virginia 22202

Dear Mr. Rosenblatt:

Re: Specific Exemption Request for Use of s-metolachlor (Dual Magnum, EPA Reg. No. 100-816) for Preemergence Control of Broadleaf Weeds in Red Beets in 2004

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department), as the State lead agency for pesticide matters, submitted a request on December 5, 2003, for an emergency exemption for the use of s-metolachlor (Dual Magnum, EPA Reg. No. 100-816) for preemergent control of broadleaf weeds in Red Beets.

    Reasons for the request included the anticipated loss of inventory of the pesticide, Ro-Neet, due to its sale to Tri-Ag, the increasingly bleak outlook for the registration of desmedipham (Betanex) on Red Beets, and as a tool for integrated pest management. Since the time of the initial submission, Tri-Ag has received registration of their Ro-Neet application in New York State, and has assured growers that full supplies of Ro-Neet will be available for the coming season. It is also quite likely that the emergency exemption request for the use of desmedipham (Betanex) will be approved for another year. While the Department is still interested in the use of s-metolachlor for IPM, it alone is not a reason to seek emergency use of this product.

    Therefore, this Department is requesting a withdrawal of our Emergency Exemption request for the use of s-metolachlor on Red Beets for the 2004 season. If, for some reason, the exemption request for Betanex is not approved for 2004, we will resubmit this request.

    If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact Robin Hackett, of our Pesticide Product Registration Section, at (518) 402-8768.

Sincerely,

Maureen P. Serafini
Director
Bureau of Pesticides Management

cc: A. Enache, USEPA Region II
W. Smith, Cornell University, PSUR
R. Zimmerman\R. Mungari, New York State Dept. of Ag. & Mkts.