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.
Editor’s note: EPA published the following press release
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for public comments on new methodologies developed by the agency to estimate exposure to pesticides from surface water sources. These methodologies would increase the accuracy of the agency’s estimates by minimizing underestimation, reducing the magnitude of overestimation, and increasing consistency.
EPA has published Federal Register notice announcing the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions for atrazine, propazine, and simazine. EPA must receive any comments on or before March 2, 2019. Click here for more details and relevant links.
Editor’s note: The Hill posted the above-titled article by Rachel Frazin, which reads as follows:
“An internal watchdog investigation on Tuesday found no wrongdoing on the part of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt after he was accused of interfering in an assessment of the effects of pesticides on endangered species.
The probe by the Interior Department’s inspector general found that Bernhardt told a Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) team looking at possible effects of pesticides to change its methods and that he reviewed a draft opinion, according to a synopsis. Bernhardt had been the department’s deputy secretary at the time.
EPA sent a “Memorandum to the File” with the above-quoted title and dated October 22, 2019. This memo has been posted in the atrazine FIFRA registration review docket. According to the “Overview” in EPA’s memorandum:
“The purpose of this memorandum is to articulate EPA’s risk management approach for aquatic plant communities and anticipated timeline for completion of registration review for atrazine. While atrazine’s registration review is currently ongoing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the agency) has received over 100,000 public comments on the atrazine draft risk assessments, some concerns, and several inquiries related to registration review status and the level of regulation for aquatic plants. This memorandum provides additional context regarding EPA’s proposed regulatory levels for aquatic plants for atrazine, and memorializes EPA’s decision to use the concentration of 15 µg/L as a 60-day average for the purposes of determining the need for any potential mitigation to protect aquatic plant communities during Registration Review.”
On October 22, 2019, a United States district court entered a stipulated partial settlement agreement among EPA, several environmental groups, and several agriculture parties regarding EPA’s Biological Effects review and assessment for several pesticides. Under the agreement, EPA agrees to complete assessments of four pesticides by 2021. Assessments of four rodenticides must be finalized in 2024. Click here to read the entire agreement.
“EPA Releases Aquatic Life Benchmarks for Freshwater Species and Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Registered Pesticides”
Editor’s note: EPA posted the above-titled notice, which reads in part as follows:
“Today, EPA released the revised Aquatic Life Benchmarks table, which includes both new and updated aquatic life benchmark values.
State, tribal and local governments use these benchmarks in their interpretation of water monitoring data. Comparing a measured concentration of a pesticide in water to an aquatic life benchmark can be helpful in interpreting monitoring data and in identifying and prioritizing sites and pesticides that may require further investigation.
New aquatic life benchmarks represent newly available toxicity endpoints for registered chemicals. EPA’s goal is to add to these benchmarks on an annual basis.
EPA has announced the availability of EPA’s progress reports in meeting its performance measures and goals for pesticide reregistration during fiscal years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. The progress reports also present total numbers of products registered under the ‘‘fast-track’’ provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). EPA will accept comments on the report if the comments are submitted on or before October 25, 2019. Click here for more details and relevant links.
EPA has published its progress reports in meeting its performance measures and goals for pesticide reregistration during fiscal years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. The progress reports also present total numbers of products registered under the ‘‘fast-track’’ provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Submit comments on these reports on or before October 25, 2019. Click here for more details and relevant links.
“Report: EPA Needs to Determine Strategies and Level of Support for Overseeing State Managed Pollinator Protection Plans
Report #19-P-0275, August 15, 2019”
Editor’s note: EPA’s Office of Inspector General posted the above-titled report, which EPA’s POIG introduces as follows: “Honey bee pollination adds more than $15 billion in value to U.S. agricultural crops each year. However, the number of managed honey bee colonies in the United States has declined from 5.7 million colonies in the 1940s to 2.7 million colonies in 2015.”
Click here to read this entire EPA OIG Report.