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GREENSBORO, NC -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Syngenta Crop Protection USA have agreed on a four-year phase out of diazinon, an insecticide used to control insects and grubs.
The announcement comes six months after the voluntary cancellation of another insecticide, Dursban, by the EPA and Dow AgroSciences. Both insecticides were under review as a result of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 which toughened pesticide laws.
While the loss of Dursban had greater impact on the Green Industry, many lawn care operators like Jack Robertson of Jack Robertson Lawn Care, Springfield, IL, believe the loss of diazinon will have less of an effect. …