FAQs - Environmental Safety

A. No. Extensive long-term field studies confirm—and governments and regulatory authorities, worldwide, agree—that normal uses of paraquat in accordance with the clear label instructions do not cause an unacceptable environmental impact. These studies have shown that:

  • Paraquat is inactive in soil
  • Paraquat cannot travel through soil
  • Paraquat does not contaminate ground water
  • Paraquat is not hazardous to fish in normal use
  • Paraquat poses no risk to domestic or farm animals
  • Paraquat poses no significant hazard to wildlife

For more information on the safety of paraquat to the environment click here.

A. No, paraquat is not PIC listed.

PIC (Prior Informed Consent) is a provision of the Rotterdam Convention. It relates to certain pesticides and industrial chemicals which have been banned or severely restricted in at least 2 countries to protect human health or the environment and to pesticide formulations which were proposed by a country with an economy in development or transition for PIC listing due to severe effects observed after exposure under conditions of use. The PIC process provides countries with information on the chemicals in the form of Decision Guidance Documents (DGDs) which are, however, often limited to the content submitted by the notifying countries. Countries, via their Designated National Authorities, are required to make a decision on the further import of those chemicals and pesticide formulations whereby the DGDs can assist the countries in informed decision making.

For more information or to view the current PIC-listed chemicals, visit the PIC website.