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Imidacloprid - 2ee Recommendation for Merit 2F 3/03

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials
Bureau of Pesticides Management
Pesticide Product Registration Section
625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7257
Phone: 518-402-8768     FAX: 518-402-9024
Website: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/pesticid/pesticid.htm
E-Mail: ppr@gw.dec.state.ny.us

March 28, 2003

CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED


Liane Stocky
Bayer Environmental Science
95 Chestnut Ridge Road
Montvale, NJ 07645

Dear Ms. Stocky:

Re: FIFRA 2(ee) Recommendation for the use of Merit 2F Insecticide (EPA Reg. No. 432-1312) to Add a Pest Not on The Label - Asian Long-horned Beetle

    The Department of Environmental Conservation (The Department) has approved your FIFRA 2(ee) request to add control of the target pest Asian Long-horned Beetle (Anaplophora glabripennis) for the above listed product on trees, using the application technique of soil injection. The registered New York State label for Merit 2F does not include Asian Long-horned Beetle. This FIFRA 2(ee) request was originally approved for Merit 75WP (3125-421) and Merit 75 WSP (3125-439) on November 5, 1999.

    The Asian Long-horned Beetle (a non-native pest) bores into and kills a variety of tree species including species of maple, elm, chestnut, birch, poplar, and willow. Anyone treating trees for control of Asian Long-horned Beetle with Merit 217, under this recommendation, must have the recommendation in their possession at the time of application. Conditions of this FIFRA 2(ee) include; the recommendation is only for use under the direction of the USDA, the application method is soil injection, and no soil injection applications are allowed in Nassau and Suffolk Counties of New York.

    Enclosed is the stamped "accepted" copy of the recommendation as it is to appear in the Cornell Recommends. Also enclosed are stamped "accepted" copies of the revised 2(ee) recommendations for Merit 75WP and Merit 75WSP (revised to include the Nassau & Suffolk Counties exclusion). If you have any questions regarding this letter please contact Robin Hackett, of my staff, at (518) 402-8768.

Sincerely,

Samuel J. Jackling
Chief
Pesticide Product Registration Section

Enclosure
cc: w/enc. - William Smith, Cornell University, PMEP
Robert Mungari, NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets