Archive for June, 2019

CRE Comments on EPA’s Proposed ESA Risk Assessment Procedures

The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed written comments with the Environmental Protection Agency on EPA’s proposed Revised Method for National Level Endangered Species Risk Assessment Process for Biological Evaluations of Pesticides. CRE’s written comments discuss two recent Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) Memoranda that have a significant impact on EPA’s proposed ESA Risk Assessment Procedures. CRE also exhorted EPA to heed Congress’ intent and requirements in the Farm Bill. There Congress required that EPA and the Services craft a pesticide ESA consultation process that is affordable and practicable as well as protective.

“Notification: Audit of IT Security for Servers Hosting Data Pursuant to FIFRA and PRIA”

EPA’s Office of Inspector General published the above-titled Notice, which reads in part as follows:

“Project #OA-FY17-0091….

The EPA OIG plans to begin fieldwork for an audit of information technology security for servers hosting data pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA).”

Click here to read the EPA OIG’s entire notice of this audit.


 “EPA head along with USDA and other secretaries meet as first part of Endangered Species Act Working Group”

Editor’s Note: Feedstuffs posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“Thursday U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler hosted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Purdue, Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chairwoman Mary B. Neumayr to discuss improving the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation process for pesticides.

“Meeting Materials for the June 11-14, 2019 Scientific Advisory Panel”

Editor’s Note–EPA posted the above-titled notice on one of the Agency’s pesticide websites.  This notice reads as follows:

“Topic: Proposed Guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Topically Applied Pesticides Used Against Certain Ectoparasitic Pests on Pets

Biosketches for candidates to serve as ad hoc panelists for the June 11-14, 2019 meeting of the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) can be found below.  Comments on these panelists are due on May 18, 2019 to Dr. Sue Shallal ( or 202-564-2057).

Additional materials for this meeting can be found in the docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0161 on

Learn more about the June 11-14, 2019 SAP meeting.