Recruiting New Director for PMEP

The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University is seeking a new director. Continue reading

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting October 31, 2018 and Biotechnology Seminar November 1, 2018

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additionally, on Thursday, November 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon OPP will hold a Biotechnology Seminar. Both events will be held in EPA’s first floor conference center at One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Read the Federal Register notice announcing the PPDC meeting and biotechnology seminar.

The agenda for the PPDC meeting will be available on the PPDC webpage by October 19, 2018. The PPDC provides advice and recommendations to EPA on issues associated with pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from use of pesticides. Further information about the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee. Continue reading

Register for October 25 Webinar on Best Practices for Pesticide Ground Application

The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a webinar titled “Best Practices for Ground Application” on October 25, 2018, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET. This webinar is tailored for growers, pesticide applicators, pest management professionals, and other interested stakeholders who work in crop production.

The webinar will be presented by Dr. Greg Kruger, a weed science and application technology specialist from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The presentation will cover different methods of ground application, best practices for reducing pesticide spray particle drift when using ground application equipment, and a discussion of the optimization of weed control. Continue reading

Biologist/Entomologist/Plant Pathologist/Horticulturist/Agronomist position with EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is recruiting someone for an entry level biologist/entomologist/plant pathologist/horticulturalist/agronomist at its Arlington, VA location.

The vacancy announcement posted to USAJOBS today, September 28, 2018, and will close on October 4, 2018. This position is located in the Biological and Economic Analysis Division, Biological Analysis Branch.  Continue reading

Atrazine Human Health Risk Assessment Now Available for Public Comment

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is releasing the atrazine draft human health risk assessment for public comment. The assessment identifies potential risks to children who crawl and play on lawns sprayed with atrazine and to workers who apply atrazine and/or enter treated fields after application.

Atrazine is one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States. It is used to control broadleaf and grassy weeds on corn, sorghum, and sugarcane, and to a lesser extent on residential lawns and golf courses. In the assessment, EPA reviewed all available scientific data, including published toxicity and epidemiology literature. The assessment uses multiple lines of evidence and methodologies that reflect current science. Continue reading

EU to ban pesticides that harm bees

The European Union made a key breakthrough on Friday to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination.

The 28 member states got a large majority, representing some three-quarters of its population, backing the ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides which will take effect at the end of the year. The decision builds on a limited ban which has been in effect since 2013. Continue reading

Updated Pesticide Label Review Manual Chapters Now Available

The Environmental Protection Agency has updated Chapters 3, 7 and 17 of the Pesticide Label Review Manual. This manual for EPA label reviewers helps EPA’s stakeholders understand the pesticide labeling process and how labels should be drafted. The latest updates are as follows: Continue reading

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

New Cooperative Agreement Supports Training for Healthcare Providers on Pesticide-Related Health Conditions

EPA has awarded a cooperative agreement, Pesticide Education for Medical Professionals, to the University of California Davis Extension to educate the medical community on how to prevent, recognize and treat pesticide-related health conditions.

Through outreach, technical assistance and training, UC Davis Extension, in partnership with Oregon State University, will seek to achieve improved health for farmworker and agricultural communities by increasing knowledge and awareness of environmental and occupational health risks. The program will expand on previous programs by including additional healthcare practice sites, improving existing educational materials, and targeting larger audiences of providers, including doctors, nurses, emergency response personnel and other clinical staff. 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