PPDC Meeting May 2-3, 2018

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection

Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee on May 2-3, 2018. This meeting provides advice andrecommendations to the EPA Administrator on issues associated with pesticide regulatorydevelopment and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues,and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from use of pesticides.

This PPDC meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., andThursday, May 3, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon.


Public Comment Period Open for Glyphosate Draft Risk Assessments

EPA has opened the 60-day public comment period for the draft glyphosate human health and ecological risk assessments. Comments are due by April 30, 2018.

The draft risk assessments and supporting documents are available in glyphosate’s registration review docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361 on

After the comment period, EPA will evaluate the comments received and consider any potential risk management options for this herbicide.

For additional details read EPA’s December 2017 announcement: EPA Releases Draft Risk Assessments for Glyphosate.



EPA Accepting Public Comments on SAP Nominees

On January 26, 2018, EPA published a Federal Register notice providing the names addresses, and professional affiliations of recent nominees by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation for service on the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel established under section 25(d) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.  Brief biographical sketches for the nominees are posted to the EPA website at The Agency, at this time, anticipates selecting four of these individuals for new members to serve on the panel as a result of membership terms that will expire in 2018.


Federal Agencies Enter MOA on ESA Pesticides Consulting

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Commerce have signed a Memorandum of Agreement “MOA” that establishes an Interagency Working Group to Coordinate Endangered Species Act Consultations for Pesticide Registrations and Registration Review.

This MOA states that the Working Group shall consist of the Signatory Agencies to the MOA. In addition, the Signatory Agencies request that U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and the Office of Management and Budget join the WorkingGroup, and that the CEQ serve as Chair of the Working Group.


NMFS Publishes Organophosphate Biological Opinion

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has published its ESA biological opinion for three organophosphate pesticides being reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  NMFS’ BiOp is part of EPA’s regulation of the pesticides under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. NMFS’ published the following statement about this BiOp:

“NMFS provided the EPA with its final Biological Opinion addressing EPA’s registration of three chemicals – Chlorpyrifos, Diazinon, and Malathion – per a court ordered deadline.


EPA Seeks Comment on Glyphosate Risk Assessments

On December 18, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released for comment its draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the herbicide glyphosate. EPA issued the following press release:

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for public comment the draft human health and ecological risk assessments for glyphosate, one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States.

The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.  The Agency’s assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label.  The Agency’s scientific findings are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by a number of other countries as well as the 2017 National Institute of Health Agricultural Health Survey.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and NOAA Fisheries Solicit Public Input on Conservation Agreements Policy under the Endangered Species Act

FWS posted the following notice on one of its websites:

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the NOAA Fisheries are actively working to engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and protect imperiled species, even before they are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The agencies are committed to strengthening the delivery of voluntary conservation tools, such as Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA), by making it easier to work together on conservation efforts, thus are soliciting public review and comment on whether to revise the existing CCAA policy and accompanying regulations.


Department of Commerce Discusses Reform of ESA Consultation in Response to Executive Order 13783

President Trump’s Executive Order 13783 “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” requires that

“The heads of agencies shall review all existing regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies, and any other similar agency actions (collectively, agency actions) that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources.  Such review shall not include agency actions that are mandated by law, necessary for the public interest, and consistent with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order.”

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SAP Meets to Consider Charges for Endocrine Disruption Review

EPA’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Scientific Advisory Panel will meet to review and consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for the November 28–30, 2017 SAP Meeting on 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 Monday, November 6, 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. Please visit here to register.  Click here for more detail and relevant links.


PBPK SAP Postponed

EPA is postponing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel meeting scheduled for October 24-27, 2017 due to the unavailability of experts for the peer review panel. Given the importance of physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling in the review of the six chemical risk assessments being considered, the Agency believes that additional expertise in modeling and human health risk assessment will benefit the panel.  The postponement will also allow for a more robust review of these data. As a result, the SAP meeting on PBPK modeling is being postponed to 2018. The Agency will issue another announcement once the new date for the SAP meeting on PBPK Modeling has been determined.

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