Scientific Advisory Panel Report for Glyphosate Available

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) met December 13-16, 2016, to consider a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate. The meeting minutes and final report from the meeting are now available.

The minutes and final report can be found on the FIFRA SAP web site (https://www.epa.gov/sap) and in the OPP Docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0385 (https://www.regulations.gov). EPA will review this document as well as other comments before making a final determination regarding the potential carcinogenicity of glyphosate. Continue reading

EPA Seeks Beta Testers for Pesticide Mobile Application for Pesticide Label Matching

Every pesticide must have labeling that is approved by EPA before it can be sold or distributed. A pesticide is misbranded under FIFRA if its labeling is false or misleading, which can lead to unsafe and ineffective use of the product. State governments generally have the authority to enforce these labeling requirements.

EPA is working on a mobile application that will dramatically save state government inspectors’ time and increase efficiency, allowing for more labels to be inspected and improving compliance rates over time. As part of this effort, EPA is looking for state and federal officials to beta test the Pesticide Label Matcher (PLM) mobile application. EPA is particularly interested in federal and state officials who routinely go into the field and inspect pesticide products, as well as pesticide registrants.   Continue reading

Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting – March 8-10, 2017

The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will hold its next semiannual meeting on March 8 and 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) in Crystal City, Virginia, at One Potomac Yard, Room S4370/80, and on March 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room S7100. Tentative agenda topics include a discussion on the status of the pesticides in Indian Country report, a presentation on the FIFRA statute, and discussions on the following:

  • EPA’s draft Bed Bug Outreach Plan for tribes;
  • Pesticide risk assessments and EPA’s consideration of sensitive populations;
  • 2016 revisions to the Certification and Training Rule and how it will affect tribes; and
  • Successful risk communication techniques for tribal pesticide inspectors and managers.

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New chemical law requires the agency to look at chemicals that were grandfathered in under old law

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is moving swiftly to propose how it will prioritize and evaluate chemicals, given that the final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017.

“After 40 years we can finally address chemicals currently in the marketplace,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Today’s action will set into motion a process to swiftly evaluate chemicals and meet deadlines required under, and essential to, implementing the new law.” Continue reading

Now Available – Final EPA Test Guidelines for Ecological Effects

The Environmental Protection Agency’s final test guidelines for ecological effects are now available. The test guidelines, “Guidelines for Aquatic and Sediment-Dwelling Fauna, Aquatic Microcosm and Field Testing,” are part of a series of test guidelines established by the EPA for use in testing pesticides and other chemical substances. One of the goals of the project is the formulation of harmonized guidelines between the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s guidelines for the testing of chemicals. Continue reading

Clostridium difficile – Guidance and Methods for Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability for public comment of two proposed test methods and associated testing guidance for evaluating the effectiveness of antimicrobial pesticides against Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

C. diff is an anaerobic, spore-forming bacterium and a frequent cause of hospital-acquired infections. EPA recognizes the potential public health implications of C. difficile and recommends specific laboratory methodologies to produce and store spores, apply the spores to a hard non-porous surface, and evaluate the effectiveness of antimicrobial products intended to treat these surfaces. Continue reading

Draft Risk Assessments for Five Pesticides, Including Aldicarb and Coumaphos, Available for Public Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency is releasing draft risk assessments on five pesticides for public comment as part of our open and transparent registration review process, a program mandated by FIFRA that re-evaluates all pesticides on a 15-year cycle. The draft human health and ecological risk assessments will be available for 60 days for public comment. Two noteworthy pesticides – aldicarb and coumaphos – are included.  Continue reading