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CLA Erroneous Allegations Regarding Herbicide ProcellaCOR

The Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) recently issued erroneous and misleading information regarding the presence of PFAS in ProcellaCOR, the herbicide used to eliminate Eurasian Milfoil. That information was republished by the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Alliance. The CLA alleges that ProcellaCOR contains PFAS and that it will contaminate the water in our lake. The DEC states that there is no PFAS in ProcellaCOR. See the NYS DEC statement below:

“NYS DEC Statement Regarding ProcellaCOR
New York State is a national leader in emerging contaminant response and pesticide regulation, and in particular DEC conducts extensive science-based reviews of aquatic pesticide products prior to approval for use in New York State to ensure these products are fully protective of public health and the environment. The product must first be registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before being submitted to DEC and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) for a stringent review, as mandated by law.

DEC experts’ review of ProcellaCOR’s active ingredient, florpyrauxifen-benzyl, with DOH, and EPA have not identified any concerns regarding the toxicity or persistence of florpyrauxifen-benzyl when used as labeled in the ProcellaCOR EC product. New York State approved its registration in 2019. EPA’s review of current federally registered pesticides found “no pesticide active or inert ingredients with structures similar to prominent PFAS such as PFOS, PFOA, and GenX.”

DEC permitting decisions will continue to be guided by the State’s stringent pesticide regulations and approved registrations.”

The Environmental Protection Agency approved ProcellaCOR EC (ProcellaCOR) in 2017. It selectively targets milfoil and is applied at extremely low dosage rates (5-7 parts per billion). This aquatic herbicide has no drinking water impacts, no contact recreation impacts, and has no impacts upon fish or other aquatic life. The NYS DEC approved this aquatic herbicide in 2019, and it has been applied in 30 lakes in New York State to date and more than 100 throughout the Northeast, all with tremendous success and no negative impacts identified.

The issuance of erroneous and misleading information is unacceptable and only contributes to fearmongering.