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EU chlorate phase-out to start next year

The European Commission has instructed EU member states to withdraw approvals for the herbicide, chlorate, by May 10th 2009. Member states may allow existing stocks to be sold and used until May 10th 2010. Chlorate was in the third round of the EU review of existing active ingredients and failed to gain re-registration ( Agrow No 551, p 11). The EU assessment of the ai raised several concerns, including unacceptable exposure to operators and insufficient data to assess the leaching of a relevant metabolite to ground water, the Commission notes.

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