Pesticide News Story: First Registration Review Dockets Open for Comment
For Release: February 2, 2007
EPA has established dockets for the first pesticides to be reviewed under the Agency’s new Registration Review Program. Dockets for the pesticides clomazone, hexythiazox, and lactofen are open for public comment until May 3, 2007. The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 requires EPA to implement a new program with the goal of reviewing all pesticides every 15 years for the purpose of ensuring that each EPA-registered pesticide performs its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. The Registration Review Program will ensure that as science, policies, and practices change, pesticide products in the marketplace can still be used safely.Each docket contains a Summary Document that includes:
- a Preliminary Work Plan highlighting anticipated risk assessment and data needs, providing an anticipated timeline for completing the pesticide’s review, and identifying the types of information that would be especially useful to the Agency in conducting the review;
- a fact sheet summarizing the current status of the pesticide;
- an ecological risk assessment problem formulation section; and
- a human health scoping section, describing the scientific analyses necessary to complete the pesticides’ registration reviews.
The Agency also announced that sulfosate is no longer scheduled for registration review and EPA will not open a docket for the pesticide because it has no active federal product registrations.
EPA plans to open registration review dockets for 25 pesticide cases in fiscal year 2007 and 45 cases in fiscal year 2008. A four-year schedule for registration reviews is available on the Agency’s Registration Review Web site at.
Information about the registration reviews for clomazone, hexythiazox, and lactofen is available in the dockets for these pesticides at Regulations.gov, and on EPA’s Registration Review Web site. Information on how to submit comments is available in the Agency’s February 2, 2007 Federal Register Notice.