Updated Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Procedures for Notifications and Minor Amendments Now Open for Public Comment

On September 6, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Federal Register Notice announcing proposed updates to Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) 98-10, “Notifications, Non-notifications and Minor Formulation Amendments.” This notice provides guidance to registrants submitting minor modifications to a registration that do not require extensive EPA review and do not have the potential to cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment.

Since the issuance of PRN 98-10, there have been various statutory and regulatory changes. For instance, certain actions previously covered by this PRN now fall within the actions scheduled under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). This notice will update and clarify what kinds of changes registrants can make by 1) notification to EPA, 2) non-notification to EPA and/or 3) submitting a minor formulation amendment to EPA. Continue reading

Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Pesticide Registration Specialist) in Oregon

 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is seeking a highly motivated individual to join a great team of employees with strong commitments to ensure food safety, consumer protection, protect natural resources and promote economic development in Oregon.

This recruitment is for a permanent, full-time, classified position in the department’s Natural Resource Program Area, Pesticide program and is located in Salem, Oregon.  This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates and will be used to fill an immediate vacancy and may be used for any future vacancies. Continue reading

EPA registers 2, 4-D herbicide with restrictions

The EPA is registering the herbicide, Enlist Duo with first-time ever restrictions to manage the problem of resistant weeds. The pesticide is for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically-engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D and glyphosate.  The agency’s decision reflects a large body of science and an understanding of the risk of pesticides to human health and the environment.

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Improved pesticide review process announced

From Southeast Farm Press

In the March 27 Federal Register, EPA announced the availability of a document entitled, “Enhancing Stakeholder Input in the Pesticide Registration Review and ESA Consultation Processes and Development of Economically and Technologically Feasible Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives.”

The paper was jointly prepared by EPA, USDA and the National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (the Services).

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EPA Workshop on New Provisions in PRIA 3 – April 10, 2013

The EPA will hold a workshop on April 10 to discuss new provisions in the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2012, known as PRIA 3, and the agency’s experiences to date with its implementation. Plenary presentations will include discussions on what is new in PRIA 3, the 2-day label review process, new technical screening of applications, the EPA’s new similarity clinic process to handle applications for substantially similar products, changes in primary and secondary actions, and inert ingredients in pesticide products.

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