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Imprelis Herbicide Stop Sale Order and Composting Restriction
EPA Issues Stop Sale Order to DuPont on Sale and Distribution of Imprelis Herbicide
EPA Issues Stop Sale Order to DuPont on Sale and Distribution of Imprelis Herbicide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order to E.I. DuPont de Nemours (DuPont) directing the company to immediately halt the sale, use or distribution of Imprelis, an herbicide marketed to control weeds that has been reported to be harming a large number of trees, including Norway spruce and white pine. The order, issued under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), requires DuPont to stop the sale and distribution of Imprelis in the U.S. and outlines specific conditions to ensure that the removal of Imprelis from the market meets legal requirements.

This action follows EPA's investigation into why a large number of evergreens and other trees have been harmed following the use of the herbicide. In its evaluation, EPA is investigating whether these incidents are the result of product misuse, inadequate warnings and use directions on the product's label, persistence in soil and plant material, uptake of the product through the root systems and absorbed into the plant tissue, environmental factors, potential runoff issues or other possible causes.

On June 17, 2011, DuPont issued a letter to professional applicators cautioning against the use of Imprelis where Norway spruce or white pine trees are present on, or in close proximity to, the property being treated. On July 27, 2011, DuPont acknowledged to the EPA that there has been damage to trees associated with Imprelis use and the company had developed an internet web page to provide information and updates concerning Imprelis use.

On August 4, 2011, DuPont voluntarily suspended sales of Imprelis and announced that it will soon conduct a product return and refund program. On August 4th, Dupont sent a letter to its "turf management product distributors" and then posted the letter on its website on Friday Aug. 5th, which announced a voluntary suspension of sale and product recall of Imprelis. You can view the letter here:

Information about EPA's investigation into Imprelis and damage to trees:

Imprellis and Compost

ODA and Oregon DEQ also want to remind those who have used Imprellis that grass clippings from treated areas must not be sent to compost. Please take time to remind any other persons who may be generating clippings from treated areas of the following statement on the Imprelis label (EPA Reg No: 352-793):

"Do not use grass clippings from treated areas for mulch or compost, or allow for collection to composting facilities. Grass clippings must either be left on the treated area, or, if allowed by local yard waste regulations, disposed of in the trash. Applicators must give verbal or written notice to property owner/property manager/residents to not use grass clippings from treated turf for mulch or compost."