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Jun
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Pesticide ESA Consultation Workshop on June 29-30

EPA published a Federal Register notice that reads in part as follows:

“EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, the Services), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are holding a 2- day workshop to discuss potential refinements to the interim scientific methods used in the first nationwide draft biological evaluations for chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion, released for public comment on April 11, 2016. These interim scientific methods were developed by EPA and the Services, with collaboration from USDA on crop production, pesticide use, and the spatial footprint of agricultural use patterns, in response to the 2013 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, ‘‘Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.’’ This workshop builds upon public meetings held in November 2013, April and October 2014, and April 2015, and provides a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on three topics of interest: (1) Improving aquatic modeling, (2) refinements to Step 1 (making ‘‘may affect’’ or ‘‘no effect’’ determinations) and Step 2 (making ‘‘likely to adversely affect’’ or ‘‘not likely to adversely affect’’ determinations), and (3) the weight of evidence approach. The workshop is not designed, or intended, to be a decision making forum; consensus will not be sought, or developed at the meeting. This meeting is intended to further the agencies’ goal of developing a sustainable methodology and process as part of the consultation process for assessing pesticide impacts on threatened and endangered (listed) species that is efficient, inclusive, and transparent.

DATES: The meeting will be held on June 29, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and June 30, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be a teleconference line and webinar available for those interested in calling in for introductory and concluding plenary sessions at the beginning and the end of the workshop. Attendees must register by June 22, 2016 to attend either in person or via teleconference/webinar.”

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“ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at FWS Skyline Bldg. 7, 5275 Leesburg
Pike, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041– 3803, in the Rachel Carson Room.”

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“FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information and to register to attend, contact: Khue Nguyen, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania
Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: 703–347–0248;
email address: nguyen.khue@epa.gov. For meeting logistics and special accommodations, contact: Leona Laniawe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, Ecological Services, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803; telephone: (703) 358–2640; email address: leona_laniawe@fws.gov.”

Click here to read EPA’s entire Federal Register notice.

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