There will be a 3-day meeting of EPA’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel on January 31, 2012 to February 2, 2012, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. The purpose of this SAP meeting is to consider and review Common Effects Assessment Methodology developed in the Office of Pesticide Programs and Office of Water.

The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by January 17, 2012 and requests for oral comments be submitted by January 24, 2012. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting.

EPA’s White Paper for this SAP is entitled “Review of Methods for Characterizing Effects of Pesticides and Other Chemical Stressors to aquatic organisms.” It explains, “This paper analyzes the potential uses of predictive tools, i.e., Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSARs) and Interspecies Correlation Estimation (ICE), for estimating the acute toxicity of aquatic animals exposed to pesticides. This paper also explores the potential applications of species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) and extrapolation factors (EFs) for characterizing the effects of chemicals within taxa and communities of aquatic animals and plants. In addition, this paper investigates the uses of acute-chronic ratios (ACRs) to estimate chronic effect thresholds for aquatic animals lacking chronic toxicity data.”

EPA’s White Paper for the SAP is Document ID # EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0898-0005, at .

EPA’s Charge Questions that it wants the SAP to answer are Document ID #  EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0898-0006, at .  

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