Dec
22

EPA Releases Guidance on a Voluntary Pilot Program to Reduce Animal Testing

On December 20, 2016, EPA published the following press release:

“EPA is announcing the start of a voluntary pilot program to evaluate the usefulness and acceptability of a mathematical tool that estimates the toxicological classification of a chemical, which is used in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and which is referred to as the GHS Mixtures Equation. This mathematical tool can be used as an alternative to acute animal oral and inhalation toxicity studies for pesticide formulations. EPA is now providing guidance on how pesticide companies can voluntarily submit data for the GHS Mixtures Equation Pilot Program.

Dec
15

CRE Comments at Glyphosate SAP

On December 14, 2016, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness commented at EPA’s Science Advisory Panel reviewing EPA’s assessment of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. CRE’s comments agree with EPA’s conclusion that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans at doses relevant to human health risk assessment. Any contrary EPA conclusion would violate the Information Quality Act. Click here to read CRE’s oral comments at the SAP meeting.

Nov
17

EPA Reschedules Glyphosate SAP

EPA sent out the following notice:

“The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will meet December 13-16, 2016, to consider and review a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate.  This is the meeting that was rescheduled from October 18-21, 2016.

EPA has published meeting materials in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0385 at www.regulations.gov, including a glyphosate issue paper with the Agency’s proposed classification that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans at doses relevant for human health risk assessment. The meeting materials, charge, panel members and panel biosketches for this SAP meeting are also posted on the Scientific Advisory Panel website.”

Nov
07

EPA Publishes Final 2016 PGP

EPA has announced issuance by all ten EPA Regions of the final 2016 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System pesticide general permit–the ‘‘2016 PGP.’’ The 2016 PGP, which has an effective date of October 31, 2016, replaces the existing permit (‘‘2011 PGP’’) that expires at midnight on October 31, 2016, and authorizes certain point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States in accordance with the terms and conditions described therein. EPA is issuing this permit for five (5) years in all areas of the country where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority.

Nov
04

10 Bullsh*t Arguments Against GMOs

From: Cosmopolitan

Read this before you hate on them.

Nov
01

CRE To Testify At FDA Hearing On Tobacco Leaf Composition

Mr. Bruce Levinson, Senior Vice President—Regulatory Intervention, of CRE will testify at the upcoming FDA meeting on the composition of tobacco leaf. Interested stakeholders should submit relevant information here. [contact@thecre.com]

Nov. 16 Update: CRE Tells FDA about the Tip-of-the-Iceberg: Two-Billion Illegally-Made Cigarettes

In its presentation to FDA today, CRE informed that massive quantities of cigarettes are being illegally-manufactured in Canada with US-grown tobacco and then re-exported to the US and beyond.  A recent international law enforcement operation found that two million kilos of tobacco were trafficked into Canada from North Carolina where it was grown, enough tobacco for two-billion cigarettes. The two-billion cigarettes represents only the tip of the illegal cigarette manufacturing iceberg as dozens of illicit factories are still operating in Ontario and Quebec.

Oct
31

Deadline Extended: EPA Solicits Proposals for a Cooperative Agreement for Pesticide Applicator Education and Training

EPA has extended the deadline for applications from October 31 to December 21, 2016.

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications from eligible recipients to provide financial assistance in carrying out pesticide applicator education and training activities. This work supports implementation of EPA’s Certification and Training Rule, which aims to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among handlers, applicators, bystanders and the public.

With the extension, EPA must receive proposals through Grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 21, 2016. For more information on this Request for Proposals, visit opportunity number EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-001 at Grants.gov.

Oct
13

Guidance on How to Comply with the Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides

On September 30, 2016, EPA published EPA Guidance on How to Comply with the Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. EPA published this Guidance in conjunction with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC).  This guidance is entitled “How to Comply With the 2015 Revised Worker Protection Standard For Agricultural Pesticides.”  It is available here.

Sep
22

White House Announcement on Regulation of Biotechnology

On September 15, 2016, the White House posted a blog unveiling two documents as part of the Administration’s continuing effort to modernize the federal regulatory system for biotechnology products .  These two documents also clarify various roles of the Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture in evaluating new biotechnologies.

These two documents are:

Sep
14

EPA Publishes New Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products to Combat Emerging Viral Pathogens

EPA has published the following notice:

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised the emerging viral pathogens guidance for the claims that can be made for EPA-registered disinfectant products intended to combat emerging viral pathogens. This document provides general guidance that can be used to identify effective disinfectant products for use against emerging viral pathogens and to permit registrants to make limited claims of their product’s efficacy against such pathogens. The revisions to the guidance are in response to input received by the agency. The guidance outlines an expedited process for registrants to provide useful information to the public on effective products.

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