No. 2, February 17, 2011
1. Note from Bayer about Temik availability
Message to Field Regarding Manufacturing Startup Delay
On February 10, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in West Virginia, granted a two-week temporary restraining order affecting the startup of the methyl isocyanate unit of Bayer CropScience at the Institute Industrial Park. Methyl isocyanate (MIC) is a key intermediate ingredient used in the production of Temik® brand aldicarb insecticide/nematicide. The unit was within days of beginning production, after being completely reconfigured to enhance operational safety at the site.
Bayer CropScience is disappointed in the court’s decision, which the company feels is not warranted and which will interrupt startup of the unit until a February 25 evidentiary hearing. The lawsuit was brought about by 16 local West Virginia residents, including representatives of the organization, People Concerned About MIC.
The court’s decision will result in a delay of Temik availability to our farmers, who depend on this product to produce crops important to American agriculture.
Bayer CropScience remains committed to the safe production of all of our products and will do all that is possible to bring Temik to the market in order to meet the needs of our customers. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.
VP, Commercial Operations
Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2011-002)