Upcoming Environmental Modeling in Ground Water Public Meeting

On May 23, 2018, EPA will hold an Environmental Modeling Public Meeting (EMPM). This meeting provides a public forum for pesticide registrants, other stakeholders and EPA to discuss current issues related to modeling pesticide fate, transport, and exposure for pesticide risk assessments in a regulatory context. Additionally, this meeting will provide a forum for presentations on methods for assessing pesticide monitoring data in surface waters.  Continue reading

EPA Announces May 10 Webinar on Submitting Incident Information on Pet Spot-on Flea and Tick Products to EPA

On May 10, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 pm ET, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a webinar for registrants of pet spot-on flea and tick products to instruct them on new templates that will now be encouraged for use when reporting incidents stemming from the use of these products. This is part of an EPA effort to obtain better incident information to improve the regulation of pet Spot-on flea and tick products.

Over the past year, EPA conducted a pilot project with five volunteer registrants to determine the usability and feasibility of the templates in providing the Agency with information needed to improve the regulation of pet-spot-on flea and tick products. Although registrants have been submitting the incident data required under FIFRA section 6 (a)(2), including the more detailed reports required in 2010, those data submissions lacked consistent terminology and a common format, which made it difficult to use the data for regulatory purposes. Continue reading

EPA Extends Comment Period for Draft Label Revisions on Respirators

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period on revised respirator descriptions for pesticide labels. Please submit comments by June 11, 2018, to opprespiratortable@epa.gov.  Continue reading

EPA Releases Draft Policy to Reduce Animal Testing for Skin Sensitization

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft Science Policy to reduce the use of animals in testing chemicals to evaluate whether they cause an allergic reaction, inflammation or sensitization of the skin. The draft policy is open for public comment until June 9, 2018.

“This draft policy is another step toward achieving EPA’s goal of reducing the use of animals and increasing the use of cutting-edge science in chemical testing,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Continue reading

Pesticide Program Public Involvement Opportunities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a number of ways for the public to participate in and comment on regulatory actions that the agency proposes to take regarding the registration and review of pesticides. Continue reading

EPA Announces Draft Pesticide Label Revisions on Respirators to Ensure Consistency between EPA and NIOSH

EPA is requesting public comment on revised respirator descriptions for pesticide labels.

EPA is making these revisions, with the encouragement of state regulatory agencies, as part of our efforts to:

  • Bring the respirator descriptions on pesticide labels into conformance with the current National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) respirator language;
  • Ensure that pesticide handlers and their employers have the information they need to identify and buy the respirator required to provide needed protection;
  • Delete outdated statements referring to respirators that no longer exist; and
  • Clarify and update language to ensure easy compliance with the guidance.

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Webinar: Integrated Mosquito Management in an Urban Environment

Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, this webinar will prepare you to—

  • Manage the changing landscape and tailor your mosquito management strategy based on your rural or urban environment.
  • Conduct proper surveillance of your environment to determine how to develop a comprehensive mosquito management plan.
  • Take into account a holistic approach to communication that incorporates public awareness and inter-agency information sharing.
  • Understand mosquito management approaches that include new technologies.

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