Archive for July, 2019

EPA Sends USDA a draft  ‘‘Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has notified the public as required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that the EPA Administrator has forwarded to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture a draft regulatory document concerning “Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements.’’ The draft regulatory document is not available to the public until after it has been signed and made available by EPA.

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CRE Alert on IQA Violations in EPA’s Ecological Risk Assessment for Atrazine

Mr. Vaughn Noga
Chief Information Officer
Environmental Protection Agency
William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC 20460

On behalf of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE), I am sending you the attached 
Information Quality Act (IQA) Alert. The IQA Alert concerns EPA’s preliminary ecological risk
assessment for atrazine (“ERA”).

The attached Alert addresses the ERA’s IQA flaws and omissions, which include violations of OMB’s recent Memorandum Improving Implementation of the Information Quality Act (April 24, 2019). Several of the ERA’s IQA violations also violate the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”

“Guidance on bees and pesticides: work plan published”

Editor’s note: the European Food Safety Authority posted the above-titled article on one of EFSA’s websites.  The article reads as follows:

“EFSA has outlined how it plans to review its guidance on the risk assessment of pesticides and bees in the EU. As the outline shows, stakeholders and pesticide experts from Member States will be consulted regularly throughout the process.

The first consultation begins later this month, when stakeholders and Member State representatives will be asked for their views on the current guidance document.

“EPA Extends Comment Period on Draft Revised Method for Endangered Species Act Pesticide Assessments”

EPA published a press release with the above-captioned article.  The entire article reads as follows:

“EPA is extending the public comment period for 45 days on a draft revised method for assessing pesticide risk to endangered and threatened species.

The comment period will now close on Aug. 15, 2019.

Comments can be submitted to the docket (EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0185) at The docket also includes information about the public meeting; including the agenda, slides, and a recording.