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EU seeks Ministers’ views on 1,3-D re-registration

The European Commission has asked EU Ministers to consider its proposal not to re-register the nematicide, 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D). The move comes after EU member states in the regulatory committee failed to reach the majority vote needed to accept or reject the proposal ( Agrow No 596, p 7). Dow AgroSciences and Kanesho Soil Treatment re-applied for EU approval after the EU decided in 2006 not to re-register the active ingredient. The Commission argues that the additional data submitted do not eliminate all the specific concerns that led to the 2006 decision. However, several member states support the ai as an alternative to the ozone-depleting fumigant, methyl bromide. The proposal was forwarded to Ministers at the start of September. They have three months to reach a majority acceptance or rejection, otherwise the Commission will be free to go ahead with its proposed action.

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