EPA Extends Comment Period for Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments

At the request of stakeholders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the public comment period for recently released neonicotinoid insecticide risk assessments from February 20, 2018, to April 21, 2018. The Agency published preliminary ecological and human health risk assessments in December 2017 for the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, and a preliminary ecological risk assessment for imidacloprid (assessing risks to birds, mammals, non-target insects, and plants). In December 2017, the Agency also published new cotton and citrus benefits assessments for foliar applications of the neonicotinoids, as well as a response to public comments on the 2014 Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment to Soybean Production Continue reading

Reduced Residue Chemistry Data Requirements for Seed-Treatment Uses

EPA, in collaboration with the Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), analyzed seed-treatment residue data that have been submitted to EPA and PMRA. The analysis showed that the data required to support registration could be substantially reduced and still be protective of human health.

EPA is publishing new guidance, including a tiered approach to help manufacturers and EPA determine when the number of field trials can be reduced to register seed treatment uses. EPA created two decision trees detailing the processes: one for potato seed treatments only and another one for all remaining crops. A case study supported the reduction in field trials and demonstrated how the seed-treatment decision trees would affect the ultimate Based on the decision trees, both manufacturers and the agency can potentially save considerable resources in terms of conducting, submitting, and reviewing the studies while still obtaining the data necessary to support seed-treatment pesticide registrations. Continue reading

You should kiss and tell about this: Kissing bugs and Chagas disease webinar

Join the Environmental Protection Agency to learn about the Triatominae – commonly known as kissing, conenose, or assassin bugs – that transmit the parasite that causes Chagas disease in humans. These bugs feed on blood during the night and are called kissing bugs because they prefer to bite humans around the mouth or eyes. Loyola University’s Dr. Patricia Dorn and University of Arizona Department of Medicine’s Dr. Stephen Klotz will describe kissing bugs, Chagas disease, their importance in the U.S., and the steps you can take to prevent being bitten. Your participation will bring you up-to-date on the latest research and strategies to protect yourself from kissing bugs and Chagas disease. Continue reading

Two scientific advisory panels for Environmental Protection Agency

1) EPA Accepting Public Comments on Nominees for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP)

On January 26, 2018, EPA published a Federal Register notice (FRN) providing the names addresses, and professional affiliations of recent nominees by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation for service on the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel established under section 25(d) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Brief biographical sketches for the nominees are posted to the EPA website at www.epa.gov/sap. The Agency, at this time, anticipates selecting four of these individuals for new members to serve on the panel as a result of membership terms that will expire in 2018.

Public comments on the nominees are invited on or before February 26, 2018.  These comments will be used to assist the Agency in selecting the new members.  Comments may be submitted to docket  EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0602 in www.regulations.gov. For additional information, please see the FRN or contact Tamue L. Gibson, M.S., Designated Federal Official, Office of Science Coordination and Policy, Environmental Protection Agency (202-564-7642 or gibson.tamue@epa.gov). Continue reading

Up to $3 million in funding now available for locally-focused environmental education grants

The Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants will be available this week under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program. EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals will be posted on www.grants.gov later this week.

In addition to other environmental topics, the 2018 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues and agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness. Continue reading

Upcoming IPM webinars

Please consider attending the 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series, which provides information about beneficial and pest insects. Webinars are free and open to everyone. Webinars will be on the first Friday of each month at 2 p.m. Eastern timeContinue reading

EPA Announces Opportunity to Nominate Additional Experts to Serve as Ad Hoc Members for the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Reviewing Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling

On December 18, 2017, the Agency published a Federal Register notice to announce the opportunity to provide additional nominations for experts to serve as ad hoc members for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) reviewing PBPK modeling to address pharmacokinetic differences between and within species on six selected pesticidal active ingredients. The public can provide nominations until January 17, 2018.  Nominations can be provided by following the instructions in the Federal Register announcement (EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0180) or by forwarding the nomination to the Designated Federal Official listed below.  Continue reading