Information about July 17-20 FIFRA SAP Meeting on Resistance and Bt, Request for Comments on Experts for the Meeting, and June 5 Webcast on the Meeting Charge

On May 17, 2018, the Agency published a Federal Register notice announcing the location of the July 17-20, 2018, in-person meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review “Resistance of Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Plants in the U.S.” The meeting will be held in the Rosslyn Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209. Please refer to the March 5, 2018 Federal Register notice for additional information.

The Agency also announced that the associated 2-hour preparatory webcast meeting will be held on June 5, 2018, from approximately 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The preparatory webcast meeting, conducted via Adobe Connect and telephone, will consider and review the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for the July 17-20, 2018, in-person meeting. Registration is required to participate during this meeting.

The Agency is also extending the written public comment period for the June 5 preparatory webcast until June 1, 2018, and for the July 17-20 in-person meeting until June 18, 2018.

In addition, EPA is seeking comments on the experts currently under consideration as prospective candidates for ad hoc participation for the SAP meeting. Comments on these candidates are due May 31, 2018. The candidate list, including brief biographies, can be found on the SAP website. All comments on meeting materials and candidates should be provided to docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0617 or the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed below.

The FIFRA SAP serves as a primary scientific peer review mechanism of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and is structured to provide scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment.

Additional information can be found in the docket, on the FIFRA SAP website, or by contacting the DFO, Tamue L. Gibson (gibson.tamue@epa.gov or 202-564-7642)

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