“Report: EPA Needs to Determine Strategies and Level of Support for Overseeing State Managed Pollinator Protection Plans

Report #19-P-0275, August 15, 2019”

Editor’s note: EPA’s Office of Inspector General posted the above-titled report, which EPA’s POIG introduces as follows: “Honey bee pollination adds more than $15 billion in value to U.S. agricultural crops each year. However, the number of managed honey bee colonies in the United States has declined from 5.7 million colonies in the 1940s to 2.7 million colonies in 2015.”

Click here to read this entire EPA OIG Report.





SAP on Approaches for Quantitative Use of Surface Water Monitoring Data in Pesticide Drinking Water Assessments

There will be a 4-day, public, in-person meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel to consider and review the Approaches for Quantitative Use of Surface Water Monitoring Data in Pesticide Drinking Water Assessments. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a preparatory, public, virtual meeting, conducted via teleconference and webcast using Adobe Connect, to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review. In addition, EPA is requesting nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc reviewers to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review.


“EPA’s New Pet Product Reporting Format Seeks to Improve Safety Monitoring, Ease Regulatory Burden”

Editor’s note: EPA’s pesticide Office posted the above-titled article on one of EPA’s websites. The entire article reads as follows:

“As part of an ongoing effort to improve the safety of pet spot-on flea and tick products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting all pet spot-on registrants to use standardized enhanced incident and sales reporting templates for annual incident reporting.

This procedural change will support the objectives of pet spot-on mitigation by ensuring that consistent, high-quality, useful data are received in a timely fashion.


“Backlash erupts over European pesticide regulations”

Editor’s note: The Western Producer published the above titled article, which was written by Robert Arnason. This article reads as follows:

When it comes to climate change and human rights, Europeans sometimes view themselves as moral authorities for the world.

They now appear to be taking a similar approach to pesticides as the European Union tries to impose its rules on the rest of the globe, and at least 16 agricultural exporting countries are voicing complaints.

Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Australia and 12 other nations made their case in a letter to the World Trade Organization.


EPA Sends USDA a draft  ‘‘Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has notified the public as required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that the EPA Administrator has forwarded to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture a draft regulatory document concerning “Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements.’’ The draft regulatory document is not available to the public until after it has been signed and made available by EPA.

Click here for more details and relevant links.



CRE Alert on IQA Violations in EPA’s Ecological Risk Assessment for Atrazine

Mr. Vaughn Noga
Chief Information Officer
Environmental Protection Agency
William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC 20460

On behalf of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE), I am sending you the attached 
Information Quality Act (IQA) Alert. The IQA Alert concerns EPA’s preliminary ecological risk
assessment for atrazine (“ERA”).

The attached Alert addresses the ERA’s IQA flaws and omissions, which include violations of OMB’s recent Memorandum Improving Implementation of the Information Quality Act (April 24, 2019). Several of the ERA’s IQA violations also violate the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”


“Guidance on bees and pesticides: work plan published”

Editor’s note: the European Food Safety Authority posted the above-titled article on one of EFSA’s websites.  The article reads as follows:

“EFSA has outlined how it plans to review its guidance on the risk assessment of pesticides and bees in the EU. As the outline shows, stakeholders and pesticide experts from Member States will be consulted regularly throughout the process.

The first consultation begins later this month, when stakeholders and Member State representatives will be asked for their views on the current guidance document.


“EPA Extends Comment Period on Draft Revised Method for Endangered Species Act Pesticide Assessments”

EPA published a press release with the above-captioned article.  The entire article reads as follows:

“EPA is extending the public comment period for 45 days on a draft revised method for assessing pesticide risk to endangered and threatened species.

The comment period will now close on Aug. 15, 2019.

Comments can be submitted to the docket (EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0185) at The docket also includes information about the public meeting; including the agenda, slides, and a recording.


CRE Comments on EPA’s Proposed ESA Risk Assessment Procedures

The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed written comments with the Environmental Protection Agency on EPA’s proposed Revised Method for National Level Endangered Species Risk Assessment Process for Biological Evaluations of Pesticides. CRE’s written comments discuss two recent Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) Memoranda that have a significant impact on EPA’s proposed ESA Risk Assessment Procedures. CRE also exhorted EPA to heed Congress’ intent and requirements in the Farm Bill. There Congress required that EPA and the Services craft a pesticide ESA consultation process that is affordable and practicable as well as protective.


“Notification: Audit of IT Security for Servers Hosting Data Pursuant to FIFRA and PRIA”

EPA’s Office of Inspector General published the above-titled Notice, which reads in part as follows:

“Project #OA-FY17-0091….

The EPA OIG plans to begin fieldwork for an audit of information technology security for servers hosting data pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA).”

Click here to read the EPA OIG’s entire notice of this audit.


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