By WES SANDER

Capital Press

SACRAMENTO -- California's Department of Pesticide Regulation has proposed registering the fumigant methyl iodide.

The chemical is being considered by state officials to replace methyl bromide, which has been phased out under international agreement to reduce ozone-depleting substances.

DPR director May-Ann Warmerdam said Friday that California's proposed rules for using methyl iodide commercially include buffer zones that are stronger than those imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

U.S. EPA registered the pesticide in 2007. Most states do not conduct their own registration processes, instead hinging their own restrictions on federal rules.

DPR will take public comment on the proposed registration through June 14.

On the Web: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/

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