The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unconditionally approved the antifungal agent fenpyrazamine under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act for use on almonds, head and leaf lettuces, pistachios, ornamentals, and other plants. The agency’s registration decision will also require product labels for the new pesticide active ingredient to include specific precautionary language for terrestrial uses, ground and surface water advisories, and spray drift management provisions.

In addition, EPA has issued tolerance levels (or maximum residue limits) for fenpyrazamine on crops. 78 Fed. Reg. 14,461 (3/6/13). Effective March 6, 2013, the tolerance levels for fenpyrazamine are as follows: (i) 0.02 parts per million (ppm) for almonds and pistachios; (ii) 0.7 ppm for ginseng; (iii) 1.5 ppm for almond hulls and lettuce heads; (iv) 2 ppm for leaf lettuce; (v) 3 ppm for low-growing berries and small vine-climbing fruits, with the exception of fuzzy kiwifruit; (vi) 4 ppm for grape juice; and (vi) 5 ppm for bush berries and cane berries. EPA will accept objections to these residue limits and requests for hearings until May 6, 2013.