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.
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. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Proposed Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnologyto clarify current roles and responsibilities, open public comment.
- National Strategy for Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products to set forth a vision for ensuring that the federal regulatory system is equipped to assess efficiently the risks, if any, associated with future products of biotechnology.
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.
EPA posted the following article:
“The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will meet on October 4-5, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time in Pauma Valley, California. Tentative agenda topics include a discussion on the status of pesticides in Indian country; updates on regional tribal activities; and discussions on the following:
- Draft policy aimed to reduce acute risk to pollinators;
- Needs assessment to support worker protection efforts;
- Potential risks posed by inert ingredients in pesticide applications to California tribes; and,
- Cultural plant identification and weed control.
EPA’s FIFRA Science Advisory Panel has published its Minutes for the SAP’s April 19-21 Meeting to Consider and Review Scientific Issues Associated with Chlorpyrifos: Analysis of Biomonitoring Data. The SAP Minutes criticize EPA’s proposed change of the Point of Departures (PoDs) for chlorpyrifos from doses eliciting 10% red blood cell AChE inhibition to adverse effects changes in neurodevelopment as measured by epidemiology studies conducted by Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. For example, the SAP Minutes conclude at page 22 that:
CRE Asks EPA and USDA to Publish Joint Standard Operating Procedures If Epi Data Is Used for Pesticides
On July 18, 2016, CRE submitted to EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture a Request for Joint Development of Standard Operating Procedures If Epidemiological Data is used in Pesticide Assessment and Registration.
CRE’s request is prompted by EPA’s recent attempt to use Epi data during pesticide actions in an ad hoc manner that violates Data Quality standards. CRE agrees with USDA that standard operating procedures need to be developed before EPA uses Epi data for pesticides.
CRE’s request explains in part: