United States                 Prevention, Pesticides           EPA 738-F-05-XX
              Environmental Protection         and Toxic Substances           August 2005
              Agency                      (7508C)
             Maneb  Facts
Pesticide Reregistration

       All pesticides sold or distributed in the United States must be registered by EPA, based on
scientific studies showing that they can be used without posing unreasonable risks to people or the
environment. Because of advances in scientific knowledge, the law requires that pesticides which were
first registered before November 1, 1984, be reregistered to ensure that they meet today's more
stringent standards.

       In evaluating pesticides for reregistration, EPA obtains and reviews a complete set of studies
from pesticide producers, describing the human health and environmental effects of each pesticide. To
implement provisions of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, EPA considers the special
sensitivity of infants and children to pesticides, as well as aggregate exposure of the public to pesticide
residues from all sources, and the cumulative effects of pesticides and other compounds with common
mechanisms of toxicity. The Agency develops any mitigation measures or regulatory controls needed
to effectively reduce each pesticide's risks. EPA then reregisters pesticides that meet the safety
standard of the FQPA and can be used without posing unreasonable risks to human health or the

       When a pesticide is eligible for reregistration, EPA explains the basis for its decision in a
Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) document. This fact sheet summarizes the information in the
RED document for the pesticide maneb, case number 0642.

Regulatory History

       Maneb was first registered in the United States in 1962 for use on food and ornamental
crops to prevent crop damage in the field and to protect harvested crops from deterioration in storage
or transport.  Maneb is a member of the ethylene bisdithiocarbamate (EBDC) group of fungicides,
which includes the related active ingredients mancozeb and metiram.  The EBDCs share the common
degradate ethylenethiourea (ETU). EPA has considered aggregate risk from ETU from all sources as
a part of the RED.

       The EBDCs have been the subject of two Special Reviews.  In 1977, the Agency initiated a
Special Review for products containing EBDCs based on evidence suggesting that the EBDCs and
ETU, a contaminant, metabolite and degradation product of these pesticides, posed potential risks to
human health and the environment. In 1982, the Agency concluded  this Special Review by issuing a
Final Determination (PD 4) which required risk reduction measures to prevent unreasonable adverse
effects pending development and submission of additional data needed for improved risk assessment.

       In 1987, EPA issued a second Notice of Initiation of Special Review of the EBDC pesticides
because of health concerns caused by ETU, including potential carcinogenic, developmental and
thyroid effects. The Special Review's Preliminary Determination (PD 2/3) was published on
December 20, 1989 (54 FR 52158) and the Final Determination (PD 4) on March 2, 1992 (57 FR
7484). The Agency concluded that the dietary risks of EBDCs exceeded the benefits for the following
food/feed uses for which one or more of the EBDC pesticides were registered: apricots, carrots, celery,
collards, mustard greens, nectarines, peaches, rhubarb, spinach, succulent beans, and turnips.
Accordingly, EPA canceled all maneb and other EBDC products registered on the above-listed
food/feed crops.

       The Maneb Registration Standard dated August 22, 1986 required additional product
chemistry data. Addendum No.  1 to the Maneb Registration Standard dated March 31, 1987 included
a review of data not available at the time of the original registration standard and required additional
product chemistry data. A comprehensive Data-Call-in (DCI) was issued April 1, 1987 to all
registrants of maneb addressing product chemistry data requirements. The Product Chemistry Chapter
of the Maneb Registration Standard Update dated May 13, 1988 included a review of data submitted in
response to the April 1987 DCI with regard to adequacy in fulfilling product chemistry requirements.
A Guidance Document for maneb was issued in October 1988.  Product chemistry data submitted in
response to the Guidance Document were reviewed in the Maneb Registration Standard Update dated
August 11, 1992, and additional data were required for the registration of maneb.


       Maneb is used on a wide variety of food/feed crops, including fruit and nut crops, vegetable
       crops, field and forage crops, grapes, field crop seeds, and others; ornamental plants in
       nurseries and greenhouses; and sod farms.  There are no residential uses, and no agricultural
       uses that could result in exposure to maneb in residential settings.

      Approximately 2.5 million pounds of maneb are used annually, mostly on almonds, lettuce,
       peppers, and walnuts.

       Maneb is not a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP)

Health Effects

       Similar to other EBDCs and ETU, the thyroid is the target  organ for maneb.  Thyroid effects
       observed in multiple studies across species include changes in clinical chemistry parameters
       indicative of thyroid toxicity, increased thyroid weight, follicular (thyroid) cell hyperplasia,
       decreased T4 (serum thyroxin), and increased incidence of diffuse follicular epithelial

      Acute, chronic, and cancer dietary (food only) risk from maneb, maneb-derived ETU, and
       ETU from all sources are low and below the Agency's level of concern.

       The drinking water exposure assessment for maneb addresses concentrations of ETU only,
       since maneb is not expected to remain in drinking water long enough to reach a location that
       would supply water for human consumption, whether from surface or groundwater sources.
       Estimated concentrations of ETU, for both surface and ground water sources of drinking
       water, are low and not of concern.

       There are no currently registered residential uses of maneb.  The only potential residential
       exposure to maneb is from residues remaining on transplanted turf from sod farms. The
       reduced application rate and/or extended PHI, combined with the logistics of transplanting turf
       and installation restrictions, effectively reduced the potential contribution from this use pattern
       to a level not of concern to the Agency.

       Acute, short-term, and chronic (non-cancer) aggregate risks are low and not of concern.
       Aggregate cancer risk estimates are within a negligible risk range.

      EPA has risk concerns for some workers who mix, load, and/or apply maneb to agricultural
       sites and workers who enter treated areas.

       Acute and chronic risks exceed the Agency's level of concern for some terrestrial and aquatic
       species. Also, there is potential concern for acute and chronic effects on listed terrestrial and
       aquatic endangered species, should exposure actually occur.

Risk Mitigation

       To address assessed risks of concern, the following mitigation measures will be implemented:

       Maneb-All Formulations
             Sweet Corn - Cancel Use
              Grapes - Cancel Use
             Apples - Cancel Use
              Kadota Figs - Cancel Use
             Seed Treatment to Rice  and Peanuts - Cancel Use
              Oats Seed Treatment - Reduce maximum application rate from 0.003 lib ai/lb seed to
              0.0021 Ib ai/lb seed
              Almonds- Reduce maximum seasonal rate from 25.6 to 19.2 Ibs ai/acre/season and
              retain maximum application rate of 6.4 Ibs ai/acre
              Sod Farm Turf- Reduce maximum application rate from 17.4 Ibs ai/acre to 8.7 Ibs
              ai/acre, limit maximum seasonal rate to 34.8 Ibs ai/acre/season and add a 3 day pre-
              harvest interval.  Handlers mixing/loading of dry flowables and liquids for aerial or
              chemigation application, add a PF5 Respirator.

             Cut Flowers - Limit number of applications per year to 20
              Commercial Potato Seed-Piece Treatment (dust) - require engineering controls (e.g.
              dust collector equipment)

       Maneb- Wettable Powder Formulation Only
              Sod Farm Turf - Cancel Use
             Chemigation/Aerial Applications - Delete Application Method
              For mixing/loading all remaining uses add PF 5 Respirator.

Regulatory Conclusion

       The Agency has determined that maneb containing products are eligible for reregistration
provided that the risk mitigation measures are adopted and labels are amended to reflect these
measures. The following uses of maneb are not eligible for reregistration and are being voluntarily
canceled by registrants and deleted from all maneb labels: sweet corn, grapes, apples, kadota figs, and
seed treatment use for peanuts and rice.

For More Information

       Electronic copies of the Maneb RED and all supporting documents are available in the public
docket OPP-2005-0178 located on-line in the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at

       For more information about EPA's pesticide reregistration program, the Maneb RED, or
reregistration of individual products containing maneb, please contact the Special Review and
Reregistration Division  (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs, US EPA, Washington, DC  20460,
telephone 703-308-8000.

       For information about the health effects of pesticides, or for assistance in recognizing and
managing pesticide poisoning symptoms, please contact the National Pesticide Information Center
(NPIC).  Call toll-free 1-800-858-7378, from 6:30 am to 4:30 am Pacific Time, or 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
Eastern Standard Time, seven days a week.  The NPIC internet address is http://npic.orst.edu.