Nov
22

EPA’s “Regulatory Update on the Registration Review of Atrazine”

EPA sent a “Memorandum to the File” with the above-quoted title and dated October 22, 2019. This memo has been posted in the atrazine FIFRA registration review docket. According to the “Overview” in EPA’s memorandum:

“The purpose of this memorandum is to articulate EPA’s risk management approach for aquatic plant communities and anticipated timeline for completion of registration review for atrazine. While atrazine’s registration review is currently ongoing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the agency) has received over 100,000 public comments on the atrazine draft risk assessments, some concerns, and several inquiries related to registration review status and the level of regulation for aquatic plants. This memorandum provides additional context regarding EPA’s proposed regulatory levels for aquatic plants for atrazine, and memorializes EPA’s decision to use the concentration of 15 µg/L as a 60-day average for the purposes of determining the need for any potential mitigation to protect aquatic plant communities during Registration Review.”

Nov
01

Settlement Agreement on Pesticide Effects Determinations

On October 22, 2019, a United States district court entered a stipulated partial settlement agreement among EPA, several environmental groups, and several agriculture parties regarding EPA’s Biological Effects review and assessment for several pesticides. Under the agreement, EPA agrees to complete assessments of four pesticides by 2021. Assessments of four rodenticides must be finalized in 2024. Click here to read the entire agreement.

Oct
18

“EPA Releases Aquatic Life Benchmarks for Freshwater Species and Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Registered Pesticides”

Editor’s note: EPA posted the above-titled notice, which reads in part as follows:

“Today, EPA released the revised Aquatic Life Benchmarks table, which includes both new and updated aquatic life benchmark values.

State, tribal and local governments use these benchmarks in their interpretation of water monitoring data. Comparing a measured concentration of a pesticide in water to an aquatic life benchmark can be helpful in interpreting monitoring data and in identifying and prioritizing sites and pesticides that may require further investigation.

New aquatic life benchmarks represent newly available toxicity endpoints for registered chemicals. EPA’s goal is to add to these benchmarks on an annual basis.

Sep
05

Comment on EPA’s Pesticide Reregistration Performance Measures and Goals, Annual Progress Report

EPA has announced the availability of EPA’s progress reports in meeting its performance measures and goals for pesticide reregistration during fiscal years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. The progress reports also present total numbers of products registered under the ‘‘fast-track’’ provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). EPA will accept comments on the report if the comments are submitted on or before October 25, 2019. Click here for more details and relevant links.

Aug
29

EPA’s Annual Progress Report on Pesticide Reregistration Performance Measures and Goals

EPA has published its progress reports in meeting its performance measures and goals for pesticide reregistration during fiscal years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. The progress reports also present total numbers of products registered under the ‘‘fast-track’’ provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Submit comments on these reports on or before October 25, 2019. Click here for more details and relevant links.

 

 

Aug
22

“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.

 

 

 

Aug
18

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.

Aug
08

“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.

Aug
01

“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.

Jul
25

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.

 

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