The National Academy of Sciences is conducting an EPA-sponsored review that could relate to EPA pesticide toxicity assessments. The title of this NAS project is: Unraveling Low Dose Toxicity: Case Studies of Systematic Review of Evidence. It has the following “Project Scope”:
EPA recently published the following notice on the agency’s pesticides website:
“The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will hold its next semiannual meeting on March 8 and 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) in Crystal City, Virginia, at One Potomac Yard, Room S4370/80, and on March 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room S7100. Tentative agenda topics include a discussion on the status of the pesticides in Indian Country report, a presentation on the FIFRA statute, and discussions on the following:
- EPA’s draft Bed Bug Outreach Plan for tribes;
The United States Court of Appeals rejected most of the environmentalist NGOs’ claims in the case Center for Biological Diversity v. EPA. The court provided the following summary of its lengthy decision (footnotes omitted”):
“The panel affirmed in part, and reversed in part, the district court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims arising from their citizen suit alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) when it registered certain pesticide active ingredients and pesticide products without undertaking consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (collectively “the Service”).
EPA has published final rules updating the existing regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides in response to public comments received on the proposal and based on stakeholder review of the existing regulation and its implementation since 1974. These final rules are effective March 6, 2017. Click here for EPA’s Federal Register notice of these final rules, which contains more details and relevant links.
CRE filed comments on EPA’s draft Ecological Risk Assessment for atrazine (“ERA”). CRE’s comments included the following conclusion and recommended EPA actions:
There are no field data–no real-world data–supporting the ERA’s modeled effects. EPA should revise its ERA to be consistent with this fact.
If EPA still believes that some change in the current ecological assessment and regulation of atrazine may be necessary, then EPA should first take the following actions:
1) Validate the ERA models in accordance with the principles discussed above;
2) Develop field data supporting any changes proposed by EPA;
On December 20, 2016, EPA published the following press release:
“EPA is announcing the start of a voluntary pilot program to evaluate the usefulness and acceptability of a mathematical tool that estimates the toxicological classification of a chemical, which is used in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and which is referred to as the GHS Mixtures Equation. This mathematical tool can be used as an alternative to acute animal oral and inhalation toxicity studies for pesticide formulations. EPA is now providing guidance on how pesticide companies can voluntarily submit data for the GHS Mixtures Equation Pilot Program.
On December 14, 2016, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness commented at EPA’s Science Advisory Panel reviewing EPA’s assessment of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. CRE’s comments agree with EPA’s conclusion that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans at doses relevant to human health risk assessment. Any contrary EPA conclusion would violate the Information Quality Act. Click here to read CRE’s oral comments at the SAP meeting.
EPA sent out the following notice:
“The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will meet December 13-16, 2016, to consider and review a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate. This is the meeting that was rescheduled from October 18-21, 2016.
EPA has published meeting materials in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0385 at www.regulations.gov, including a glyphosate issue paper with the Agency’s proposed classification that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans at doses relevant for human health risk assessment. The meeting materials, charge, panel members and panel biosketches for this SAP meeting are also posted on the Scientific Advisory Panel website.”
EPA has announced issuance by all ten EPA Regions of the final 2016 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System pesticide general permit–the ‘‘2016 PGP.’’ The 2016 PGP, which has an effective date of October 31, 2016, replaces the existing permit (‘‘2011 PGP’’) that expires at midnight on October 31, 2016, and authorizes certain point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States in accordance with the terms and conditions described therein. EPA is issuing this permit for five (5) years in all areas of the country where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority.