“Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting May 8-9, 2019 For Release:  April 19, 2019”

EPA posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on May 8-9, 2019. EPA will hold the meeting in the first-floor conference center at One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Read the Federal Register notice announcing the meeting.

EPA is seeking advice and recommendations from the PPDC for our administrator on pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation, and science associated with evaluating and reducing risks from pesticide use.


Ninth Circuit Orders EPA to Decide Chlorpyrifos Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ordered EPA to make a final decision on whether it will ban the use of chlorpyrifos across the country. The agency has until mid-July to make its determination. Click here for the Court’s opinion.



There will be a 4-day, in-person public meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel, augmented with additional experts to provide independent scientific advice to the EPA on proposed guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Topically Applied Pesticides Used Against Certain Ectoparasitic Pests on Pets. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a public half-day preparatory virtual meeting to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review.


“Important Information on Requests Under FIFRA 24(c)”

EPA recently posted the above-titled notice, which reads as follows:

“This is the time of year that EPA receives many special local needs registration requests from states under section 24(c) of FIFRA. Section 24(c) states that “A State may provide registration for additional uses of federally registered pesticides formulated for distribution and use within the State to meet special local needs . . .”


“Ninth Circuit Hears Pesticide Clash Over EPA Inaction”

Courthouse News published the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“An en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit appeared reluctant to uphold a three-judge panel August decision requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to ban pesticide chlorpyrifos over potential jurisdictional issues during a hearing held in San Francisco on Tuesday.

‘You don’t have an order on your objections and you are asking us to get to the merits even though there has been no ruling on your objections,’ said Circuit Judge Richard Paez — one of 11 judges to sit on the panel.


“EPA Releases for Public Comment Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators, Including Plant Biostimulants”

EPA posted the following notice on its website:

“EPA has released for public comment Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators, Including Plant Biostimulants. Read a pre-publication copy of the draft guidance.

In recognition of the growing categories of products generally known as plant biostimulants, this draft document gives guidance on which products are (and are not) subject to regulation under FIFRA as plant regulator pesticides, and what kinds of claims can be made for them. The draft guidance provides examples of each. EPA is taking this step to provide clarity to our state regulatory partners, to industry, and to the interested public in this emerging product area.


Pesticide Industry Regulatory Conference

CropLife America posted the following information on its website,

CLA and RISE 2019 Regulatory Conference

  • Wed, Apr 3, 20193:00 PM  Fri, Apr 5, 201912:00 PM
  • Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel (map)

The CropLife America & RISE Regulatory Conference is the preeminent scientific and technical forum for the pesticide industry and regulators. Speakers will provide technical and policy input on issues related to pollinators, ecological and human health risk assessment, endangered species risk assessment, MRLs and international trade, and much more. Come participate in interactive sessions and network with conference attendees. Click here to view the agenda.


EPA Meets on Pesticide Models

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

“An Environmental Modeling Public Meeting (EMPM) will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. This Notice announces the new time for the meeting. Location, agenda topics and supplementary information can be found in the original notice published in the Federal Register, of December 28, 2018 (83 FR 67282) (FRL–9987–26). The EMPM provides a public forum for EPA and its stakeholders to discuss current issues related to modeling pesticide fate, transport, exposure, and ecotoxicity for pesticide risk assessments in a regulatory context.


“41% glyphosate-cancer increase claim under fire: Did authors of new meta-study deliberately manipulate data or just botch their analysis?”

The Genetic Literacy Project posted the above-titled article. The entire article can be read here.




“Rebellion against Europe’s ‘innovation-killing’ crop gene editing regulations grows among scientists, frustrated member states”

Cameron English | Genetic Literacy Project | February 11, 2019

The Genetic Literacy Project posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“Last July, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) surprised pretty much everybody—politicians, industry and environmental NGOs—when it ruled that plants developed using gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR should be regulated as transgenic crops (GMOs) under rules promulgated in 2001, and now widely considered archaic.

Almost the entire European science establishment had urged that gene-edited crops should be subject to minimal regulations. Not surprisingly, scientists across the continent were almost universally disappointed at what they believed was a political rather than a science-based decision.

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