EPA: This Week

Webinar Registration Available for Community IPM for Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases Conference

[TinyTimmy.org NOTE: IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management. IPM seeks to reduce the use of pesticides by integrating different strategies to reduce pests and to use pesticides only when necessary as a compliment to other strategies such a landscaping.]

While the in-person capacity of the Community IPM for Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases Conference has been reached, you may still register to attend the conference by webinar.  You must register for each day separately.

–To register for the first day of the conference, March 30, use this link:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/989522586.
–To register for the second day of the conference, March 31, use this link:   https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/229683738.

The agenda for the conference is available at http://www.epa.gov/pestwise/events/TickConferenceAgenda-2011-03-25.pdf.  The conference is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time each day.

Pet Product Cancellation Notices [Link here]:

Often the EPA will request a voluntary cancellation of a product. If the manufacturer (or registrant) does not take action, they still have a fairly long time frame to phase out their product. They usually have a generous time period where they can still manufacture the product, another to continue to distribute existing stores and yet another time period in which they are allowed to sell through the product still on the store shelves.

EPA Registration Number: 002596-00119
Name: Hartz Rabon Flea and Tick Dip for Dogs and Cats.
Active Ingredients: Garadona (cisisomer)

EPA Registration Number: 073510-00008
Product: Marketquest One Drop Flea & Tick Control-2.
Active Ingredient: Permethrin

NOT SPECIFICALLY PET RELATED, BUT OF INTEREST

Pesticide Federal Register Items for the Week of March 21-25, 2011

[TinyTimmy.org NOTE: The Federal Register gives industry and the public a chance to comment on different items up for consideration – in this case items from the Office of Pesticide Products at the EPA which regulates most flea and tick treatments for the home, yard and companion animals. It is important to take part in the public process in order to change policy within the EPA and to strengthen the enforcement of policy. Industry certainly makes use of these dockets in the Federal Register and the public comment periods. Most citizens do not know this process exists. Usually in a docket you will find a summary, a lot of documentation and also public comments on a specific subject – in this case pesticides. Most companion animal products flow into your homes and onto your pets from agricultural pesticides, so it is worth while to comment on those as well when you are able.]

  • Aspergillus flavus AF36; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
    Date of publication:  March 23, 2011
    Citation:  Volume 76, Number 56; Pages 16297-16301
    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6545.htm
    Purpose:  This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the microbial pesticide, Aspergillus flavus AF36, in or on corn food and feed commodities, when applied/used as an antifungal agent. The Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an amendment to the existing exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for Aspergillus flavus AF36. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Aspergillus flavus AF36 under the FFDCA.
    Chemical(s):  Aspergillus flavus AF36
    Comments:  EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0101.  This regulation is effective March 23, 2011. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before May 23, 2011, and must be filed in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 CFR part 178.
    Contact:   Shanaz Bacchus, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, telephone number: (703) 308-8097; e-mail address: bacchus.shanaz@epa.gov.
    TinyTimmy.org Recommends: No pesticide should ever be exempt from “tolerance” studies. These are the studies that determine the toxicity level and degree to humans, animals, wild life and the environment. It’s hard to believe with the thousands of pesticides on the market (including insecticides and herbicides) that there is only one alternative to use for any specific crop or pest.
  • Dichlormid; Pesticide Tolerances
    Date of publication:  March 23, 2011
    Citation:  Volume 76, Number 56; Pages 16301-16307
    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6440.htm
    Purpose:  This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of dichlormid in or on field corn, pop corn, and sweet corn commodities. Dow AgroSciences requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
    Chemical(s):  Dichlormid
    Comments:  EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification number EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0477.  This regulation is effective March 23, 2011. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before May 23, 2011, and must be filed in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 CFR part 178.
    Contact:   Pv Shah, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, telephone number: (703) 308-1846; e-mail address: shah.pv@epa.gov.
    TinyTimmy.org Recommends: Corporations profiting from higher use of their pesticides by changing the tolerance requirements has little to do with public welfare, the environment or protecting your health and everything to do with profits maximized from the sale of their products.
  • Flubendiamide; Pesticide Tolerances
    Date of publication:  March 23, 2011
    Citation:  Volume 76, Number 56; Pages 16308-16311
    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6888.htm
    Purpose:  This regulation establishes, modifies and/or revokes tolerances for residues of flubendiamide N2-[1, 1-dimethyl-2-(methylsulfonyl) ethyl]-3-iodo-N1-[2-methyl-4-[1, 2, 2, 2-tetrafluoro-1-(trifluoromethyl) ethyl] phenyl]-1, 2-benzenedicarboxamide, in or on multiple food and livestock commodities which are identified, and will be discussed in detail later in this document. Bayer CropScience LP in c/o Nichino America, Inc. (U.S. subsidiary of Nihon Nohyaku Co., Ltd.) requested these tolerances, and revisions to tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

    Chemical(s):  Flubendiamide
    Comments:  EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification number EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0099.  This regulation is effective March 23, 2011. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before May 23, 2011, and must be filed in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 CFR part 178.
    Contact:   Carmen Rodia, Registration Division (7504P), Office of Pesticide Programs, telephone number: (703) 306-0327; fax number: (703) 308-0029; e-mail address: rodia.carmen@epa.gov.
    TinyTimmy.org Recommends: Corporations profiting from higher use of their pesticides by changing the tolerance requirements has little to do with public welfare, the environment or protecting your health and everything to do with profits maximized from the sale of their products.
  • Summitec Corporation; Transfer of Data
    Date of publication:  March 23, 2011
    Citation:  Volume 76, Number 56; Pages 16409-16410
    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6658.htm
    Purpose:  This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to Summitec Corporation in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h) (3) and 2.308(i) (2). Summitec Corporation has been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Summitec Corporation to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
    Chemical(s):  N/A
    Comments:  EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0038.  Summitec Corporation will be given access to this information on or before March 28, 2011.
    Contact:   Mario Steadman, Information Technology and Resources Management Division (7502P), Office of Pesticide Programs, telephone number: (703) 305-8338; e-mail address: steadman.mario@epa.gov.
    TinyTimmy.org Recommends: Corporations do not need to make public some information – even to the EPA in some cases – things that they can claim as “trade secrets” or Confidential Business Information. This is never a good thing for the general public and hinders the EPA in properly reviewing proposals from the companies in some cases. Trade Secrets could include inert ingredients in pesticides, some toxicology studies or results, some adverse reactions or things as silly as the amount of product that is actually sold (without which it is difficult to tell what the percentage of adverse reactions might be).
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