EPA SHOWS RENEWED COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC INPUT WITH NEW RULE

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) IN May announced revisions to the public participation process it uses for its pesticide tolerance reassessment and reregistration process. The notice announces four significant changes and/or additions to the “pilot” public participation process EPA adopted for the reassessment and reregistration of organophosphate pesticides. These were developed in 1998 with the Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee (TRAC).

First, EPA has decided to apply either the full, “updated” public participation process or one of the modified versions described in the notice to all pesticides undergoing tolerance reassessment and reregistration eligibility decision-making. Second, EPA has created a shorter public participation process consisting of four – as opposed to six – phases for pesticides with “highly refined risk assessments and other factors.”

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