Oct
12

PPDC Meets in November

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs has announced a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee on November 1-2, 2017. This meeting provides advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator 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 use of pesticides. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, November 2, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Click here for more information and relevant links.

Sep
28

Webcast Meeting To Clarify PBPK SAP Charge Questions

There will be a three-hour meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (to review and consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for the October 24–27, 2017 SAP Meeting on physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling to address pharmacokinetic differences between and within species.

The meeting will be held on October 2, 2017, from approximately 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). This is an open public meeting that will be conducted via webcast using Adobe Connect and telephone. Registration is required to attend this meeting. Click here to register. Written comments on the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions should be submitted by noon on September 27, 2017.

Sep
12

EPA Seeks comment on Proposed Changes to Notifications, Non-notifications and Minor Formulation Amendments

EPA recently published the following notice:

“Updated Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Procedures for Notifications and Minor Amendments Now Open for Public Comment

On September 6, 2017, EPA issued a Federal Register Notice announcing proposed updates to Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) 98-10, “Notifications, Non-notifications and Minor Formulation Amendments.” This notice provides guidance to registrants submitting minor modifications to a registration that do not require extensive EPA review and do not have the potential to cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment.

Aug
22

CRE Comments to NMFS on ESA Pesticide Consultations

On August 21, 2017, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed comments with U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service addressing ESA Section 7 consultations among NMFS, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Fish and Wildlife Service during pesticide registration review and registration. NMFS requested such comments as part of NMFS’ streamlining of its regulatory processes and reduction of its regulatory burden. CRE’s comments included the following executive summary (footnotes omitted):

“These CRE comments address ESA Section 7 consultations among NMFS, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) (referred to collectively as “the Agencies”) during pesticide registration review and registration.

Aug
02

SAP Changes Comment Periods for High-Throughput Screens SAP

EPA has published revised dates for the comment periods for written comments and for comments on nominees for ad hoc members of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Scientific Advisory Panel reviewing the Continuing Development of Alternative High-Throughput Screens to Determine Endocrine Disruption, Focusing on Androgen Receptor, Steroidogenesis, and Thyroid Pathways.

This 3-day SAP meeting will be held on November 28 to November 30, 2017, from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as first announced in the Federal Register of June 6, 2017 (82 FR 26097; FRL-9962-79).

Jul
13

SAP on Alternative High-Throughput EDSP Screens

There will be a 3-day public meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel to consider and review the “Continuing Development of Alternative High-Throughput Screens to Determine Endocrine Disruption, Focusing on Androgen Receptor, Steroidogenesis, and Thyroid Pathways”.

The meeting will be held on November 28, 2017 to November 30, 2017, from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

Jul
07

NMFS Seeks Regulatory Reform Comments on ESA Pesticide Consultation Process

In accordance with several recently issued Presidential Executive Orders, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service seeks public comment on identifying existing regulations that: eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; create a serious inconsistency or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; are inconsistent with the requirements of the Information quality Act; and/or derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified. NMFS also seeks public comment on the efficiency and effectiveness of current regulatory processes, and specifically, if current regulatory processes can be further streamlined or expedited in a manner consistent with applicable law.

Jun
21

EPA Announces PBPK SAP

EPA recently posted the following announcement:

“EPA Announces FIFRA Science Advisory Panel Meeting on PBPK and Asks for Nominations for Panel Members

On June 6, 2017, the EPA published a Federal Register Notice (EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0180) for both the meeting and seeking nominees to serve as ad hoc expert members of the FIFRA SAP on physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling at www.regulations.gov.

The FIFRA SAP serves as the primary scientific peer review mechanism of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) and is structured to provide scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment.

Jun
01

NMFS Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to Listing and Recovery Priority Guidelines

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed revisions to its Recovery Plan Preparation and Implementation Priorities and Recovery Plans contained in the 1990 Listing and Recovery Priority Guidelines.

NMFS propose to revise the guidelines to better prioritize limited agency resources to advance the recovery of threatened and endangered species guided by the immediacy of the species’ overall extinction risk, extent of information regarding major threats, and certainty that management or protective actions can be implemented successfully.

NMFS is not proposing changes to the Listing, Reclassification, and Delisting Priorities contained in the 1990 Listing and Recovery Priority Guidelines.

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.

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