EPA grant of nearly $175,000 to state of Oklahoma will support pesticide safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $174,814 to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts. The department has authority from EPA to regulate pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act in Oklahoma.

“The safe use of pesticides is a vital tool for the agricultural community,” said Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman. “This grant will help Oklahoma continue its effective pesticide programs.” Continue reading

EPA and Texas Partner on Pesticide Safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $585,730 to the Texas Department of Agriculture to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts.

“At EPA, we are protecting the environment by engaging our state partners,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This grant represents what EPA is all about, empowering our states to protect their environment.” Continue reading

EPA Announces FIFRA Science Advisory Panel Meeting on PBPK and Asks for Nominations for Panel Members

On June 6, 2017, the EPA published a Federal Register Notice (EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0180) for both the meeting and seeking nominees to serve as ad hoc expert members of the FIFRA SAP on  physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling at www.regulations.gov.

The FIFRA SAP serves as the primary scientific peer review mechanism of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 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. Continue reading

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