On March 16, the EPA opened a public comment period relating to the reregistration of DevrinolÆ herbicide by United Phosphorous Inc., (UPI).

Until May 16, growers have the opportunity to provide their comments to the EPA about the important economic and production benefits they receive from Devrinol (napropamide). It is a selective pre-emergence herbicide which controls the majority of broadleaf weeds and annual grasses found in crops such as strawberries, cranberries, tomatoes, peppers and broccoli as well as fruit and nut trees, vines, turf and ornamentals and tobacco.

“Devrinol has been relied upon by growers for more than 20 years and offers economical, safe, effective weed control to help protect valuable crops from yield-robbing weeds,” says Jeff Pritchard, vice president and general manager of UPI, Trenton, N.J. “This public comment period provides opportunity for growers to express their support of and need for this herbicide.”

Public comments are due to the EPA by May 16. They may be submitted electronically, by mail or by hand courier. The preferred method for submitting comments is though the official public docket for this action, docket ID number OPP-2004-0162. EPA's edocket can be accessed at http://docket.epa.gov/edkpub/index.jsp

For full information about the public comment period, instructions for submitting comments and related documents visit http://epa.gov/EPA-PEST/2005/March/Day-16/.

UPI is one of North America's leading suppliers of post-patent crop protection technologies with a strong product portfolio and a business model that is built for where crop protection is going. In addition to Devrinol, the UPI portfolio includes important agronomic tools such as post-patent permethrin, cypermethrin, bifenthrin and acephate products and sugar beet herbicides, as well as proprietary branded products including Surflan, Storm and Ultra Blazer herbicides.

UPI is a subsidiary of United Phosphorus Limited, India, one of the world's 10 largest producers and marketers of crop protection and pest management products, including herbicides, insecticides, grain fumigants, fungicides and rodenticides.