May
23

EPA Delays Effective Date of Applicator Certification Rule

On January 4, 2017, EPA published a final rule revising the regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides . The original effective date of March 6, 2017 was extended to March 21, 2017 by rule issued January 26, 2017, and subsequently extended to May 22, 2017 by rule issued March 20, 2017.

In accordance with the Presidential directives as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ‘‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,’’ and the principles identified in the April 25, 2017 Executive Order ‘‘Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America,’’ EPA solicited public comments on May 15, 2017 about a possible further delay of the effective date of the January 4, 2017 revisions to the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule until May 22, 2018.

May
11

CRE Comments on Application of Executive Order 13777 to EPA and the Services’ New ESA Pesticide Consultation Procedures and Practice Requirements.

On March 11, 2017, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed comments on EPA’s Request for Input on Regulations That May Be Appropriate for Repeal, Replacement, or Modification In Accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” 82 FR 17793 (April 13, 2017), here.

CRE’s comments included the following introductory section (footnotes omitted):

“The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service (“NOAA/NMFS”) are working together to develop new procedures and practice requirements for consulting on all pesticide registrations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”) and the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”).

Apr
25

Meeting on Regulatory Reform Agenda for Pesticides

In accordance with Executive Order 13777, EPA is seeking public input on regulatory actions that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement or modification. As part of that process, the Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a public meeting from 8:30 to 11:30 pm ET, on the second day of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee meeting (May 4, 2017), to receive feedback on regulatory reform from a wide variety of stakeholders.

This meeting will be held at 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. The registration deadline is Thursday April 27, May 4, 2017.

Click here for more details.

Apr
13

EPA Denies Petition to Revoke Chlorpyrifos Tolerances

EPA recently posted the following article on the Agency’s Pesticide website:

“In this Order, EPA denies a petition requesting that EPA revoke all tolerances for the pesticide chlorpyrifos under section 408(d) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and cancel all chlorpyrifos registrations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. The petition was filed in September 2007 by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Order Denying Petition to Revoke All Tolerances for the Pesticide Chlorpyrifos (PDF)(45 pp, 4 MB, March 2017)”

Click here to read the entire article.

Mar
28

Nominations to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Open until April 21, 2017

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs posted the following notice on its website:

“EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is currently accepting nominations for the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). A federal advisory committee, PPDC provides advice and recommendations to the EPA on issues associated with pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from the use of pesticides.

Mar
09

NAS Low Dose Toxicity Project Nearing Completion

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”:

Feb
21

TPPC Meets

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;

Feb
09

Court Rejects Most of NGOs’ ESA Pesticides Claims

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”).

Jan
19

EPA Publishes Final Applicator Certification Rules

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.

Jan
04

CRE Comments on EPA’s Atrazine ECO Risk Assessment

Trending: Track and Trace

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;

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