Archive for August, 2019

EPA’s Annual Progress Report on Pesticide Reregistration Performance Measures and Goals

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.




SAP on Approaches for Quantitative Use of Surface Water Monitoring Data in Pesticide Drinking Water Assessments

There will be a 4-day, public, in-person meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel to consider and review the Approaches for Quantitative Use of Surface Water Monitoring Data in Pesticide Drinking Water Assessments. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a preparatory, public, virtual meeting, conducted via teleconference and webcast using Adobe Connect, to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review. In addition, EPA is requesting nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc reviewers to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review.

“EPA’s New Pet Product Reporting Format Seeks to Improve Safety Monitoring, Ease Regulatory Burden”

Editor’s note: EPA’s pesticide Office posted the above-titled article on one of EPA’s websites. The entire article reads as follows:

“As part of an ongoing effort to improve the safety of pet spot-on flea and tick products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting all pet spot-on registrants to use standardized enhanced incident and sales reporting templates for annual incident reporting.

This procedural change will support the objectives of pet spot-on mitigation by ensuring that consistent, high-quality, useful data are received in a timely fashion.

“Backlash erupts over European pesticide regulations”

Editor’s note: The Western Producer published the above titled article, which was written by Robert Arnason. This article reads as follows:

When it comes to climate change and human rights, Europeans sometimes view themselves as moral authorities for the world.

They now appear to be taking a similar approach to pesticides as the European Union tries to impose its rules on the rest of the globe, and at least 16 agricultural exporting countries are voicing complaints.

Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Australia and 12 other nations made their case in a letter to the World Trade Organization.