EPA Public Meetings: April 2011

Please notice that the 2nd one has to option for you to participate by teleconference. This is primarily a meeting with registrants/manufacturers and representatives of the pesticide industry (who make pet products to combat fleas and ticks as well) so public representation is key.

1) Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee to Meet April 20-21

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on Wednesday, April 20, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Thursday, April 21, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The meeting will be held in EPA’s first floor conference center at One Potomac Yard, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Information on the location of EPA’s building and how to reach it by public transportation or car is available at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/contacts/officelocation.htm.  A draft agenda is available on the PPDC webpage at www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc.  Agenda topics include Integrated Pest Management, Pollinator Protection, Children and Worker Risk Policy, Endangered Species Act issues, and 21st century science activities.  PPDC workgroups will present reports:  Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) Process Improvements; Comparative Safety Statements for Pesticide Product Labeling; and Public Health.  Additional brief updates will cover spray drift, inerts disclosure, water quality issues, and the regulatory improvement initiative.   In addition, the following PPDC work groups  are scheduled to meet in sessions open to the public on April 19:   PPDC’s PRIA Process Improvements Work Group will meet from 1:00-4:00 pm in Conference Room N-4830,  and PPDC’s Public Health Work Group will meet from 1:00-5:00 pm in Conference Room N-4120.  Information about these work group meetings can be found on EPA’s website.

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2) PPDC Workgroup Meeting on PRIA Process Improvement

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011,  EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will host the 16th meeting of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act (PRIA 2) Process Improvement Workgroup, a subgroup of the Agency’s Federal Advisory Committee, the PPDC (Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee).  The objective of this workgroup is to identify and evaluate potential reforms to the pesticide registration process and improve its efficiency and the quality of its assessments.

The agenda is available at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc/pria/index.html. Presentations will be made by representatives from the pesticide industry on tools that they have developed for their risk assessments, software to compare labels, processes that registrants use to quality check their submissions, and their training programs to improve the quality of their submissions.  The Agency will discuss how it plans to implement a fragrance notification process, comments on the Label Review  Manuel, software being developed for registrants to draft and submit an electronic summary of a scientific study, and process improvements being undertaken by the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division.

The meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Rooms N4830, on the fourth floor of the Potomac Yard North building, located at 2733 S. Crystal Drive (Two Potomac Yard), Arlington, VA.  For directions, please go to http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/contacts/officelocation.htm. Contact Elizabeth Leovey (leovey.elizabeth@epa.gov, 703-305-7328) with questions and for instructions on how to participate by teleconference.

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