“EPA Issues Report Highlighting Actions Taken to Improve the Endangered Species Act Consultation Process for Pesticides”

Editor’s note: EPA published the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with federal partners, met a congressional commitment by submitting its second report to Congress highlighting the progress achieved to date with creating a more efficient and effective review process regarding pesticide impacts under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Highlights of the report include:

  • How a new method announced in March 2020for conducting biological evaluations under the ESA will assure that pesticide registration review actions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) do not jeopardize endangered species. The updated method ensures that—when available—the agency will use high-quality historical data that reflects where and how certain pesticides are used;

“EPA Reopens Public Comment Period on Proposed Interim Decisions for Neonicotinoids”

Editor’s note: On May 21, 2020, EPA posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reopening the public comment period for 30 days on the proposed interim decisions for the neonicotinoids acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam.

EPA is taking this action to extend the comment period after receiving public comments requesting additional time to review the Neonicotinoids’ Proposed Interim Registration Review Decisions and supporting materials citing the quantity and complexity of the Proposed Interim Decisions and supporting documents, as well as addressing time and resource constraints. Upon publication of the Federal Register notice, EPA invites comments on the proposed interim decisions for 30 days. After carefully considering public input, EPA will issue the interim decisions.

PPDC Meets May 20, 2020

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a virtual public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on May 20-21, 2020, with participation by phone and webcast only. There will be no in-person gathering for this meeting. DATES: This virtual public meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m., and Thursday, May 21, 2020, from 10 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. To make oral comments during the virtual meeting, please register by noon on May 15, 2020.

EPA Extends Comment Period on Carbaryl and Methomyl BEs

EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of March 17, 2020, opening a 60-day comment period on the draft nationwide biological evaluations for the registration review of the pesticides carbaryl and methomyl relative to the potential effects on threatened and endangered species and their designated critical habitats.

EPA is extending the comment period for 45 days, from May 18, 2020 to July 2, 2020.

Comment on EPA’s 2017 Pesticide Registration Report

EPA is announcing the availability of EPA’s progress report in meeting its performance measures and goals for pesticide reregistration during fiscal year 2017. This progress report also presents the total number of products registered under the “fast-track” provisions of the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.  Submit comments on or before 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register, which is currently scheduled for April 6, 2020.

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EPA Offers Webinar to Discuss Draft Biological Evaluations for Carbaryl and Methomyl

Editor’s note: EPA posted the following press release:

“On April 16, 2020, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will host a webinar to present the draft biological evaluations (BEs) for the insecticides carbaryl and methomyl. Register for the webinar here.

EPA used its revised method for conducting BEs to assess whether registered uses for these pesticides may impact endangered species. EPA announced the revised method and the draft BEs for carbaryl and methomyl in March 2020.

The revised method incorporates high-quality pesticide usage data into the agency’s biological evaluation process for the first time. It was informed by input from a wide range of stakeholders including states, tribes, environmental NGOs, and agricultural stakeholders.

Comment on EPA’s Draft Biological Evaluations for Carbaryl and Methomyl

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has requested public comment on the Agency’s draft biological evaluations for the FIFRA registration review of the pesticides carbaryl and methomyl. EPA must receive any comments must on or before May 18, 2020.

CRE Comments on Atrazine PID

On February 29, 2020, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed comments on EPA’s Proposed Interim Decision on the atrazine FIFRA re-registration. CRE’s comments make the following and other points.

CRE commends EPA’s PID for improved data quality in some respects. In particular, the PID’s Community Equivalent Level of Concern (“CELOC’) is superior to the grossly flawed CELOC that EPA included in the Agency’s Ecological Risk Assessment for atrazine. We request that EPA emphasize in the record that the new 15 ppb CELOC applies to all watersheds. We also request that EPA not use either the new or old CELOC quantitatively or qualitatively for “final effects determinations.”

“EPA Offers Webinars on Pollinator Health and Habitat”

Editor’s note: EPA’s Office of Pesticides Programs posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“Beginning in March 2020, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will host a series of public webinars highlighting ongoing work to promote pollinator health and habitat.

These webinars seek to increase awareness of the evolving science on pollinator health, promote efforts to improve pollinator habitat, and engage stakeholders in addressing factors associated with declines in pollinator health.

Each webinar will target different stakeholders, including the general public; homeowners; school officials; scientists; conservation groups; beekeepers; growers; and state, local and tribal governments.

Announcing New Members of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency posted the following press release:

“EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has announced the new members of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). Established in 1995, the PPDC is a diverse group of stakeholders chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide feedback to EPA on various pesticide regulatory, policy and program implementation issues. These members will serve on the PPDC from Dec. 9, 2019, through Dec. 9, 2021.