Archive for April, 2014
Editor’s Note: On this Earth Day, CRE notes the partial victory of administrative process and sound science in US District Court.
From: Courthouse News Service
By WILLIAM DOTINGA
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Beekeepers and environmentalists missed some administrative hoops before challenging honeybee-killing pesticides, a federal judge ruled.
Four beekeepers joined with nonprofits including the Sierra Club, Center for Food Safety and Center for Environmental Health in suing the Environmental Protection Agency last year over its approval of pesticides containing clothianidin and thiamethoxam.
EPA has updated its conditional pesticide registration Web page to enhance transparency and to provide additional information about conditional pesticide registrations. EPA’s update adds a table showing all pesticide active ingredients initially registered under the conditional registration authority in FIFRA from FY 2000 to the present. This analysis shows that the vast majority of registrants had submitted the data, and EPA had completed data review. Overall, the analysis of the data supports EPA’s findings at the time of the initial product registrations that the pesticides were properly reviewed and labeled.
On April 22, 2014, EPA, NMFS, FWS and the Department of Agriculture will hold a one day workshop to provide a forum for scientific and technical feedback on their joint interim approaches issued in November 2013, in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, “Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.” The meeting will be held at EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, One Potomac Yard, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202 in the 1st floor conference room. Webinar and teleconference information will be provided to participants requesting access via webinar and telephone.