Pesticide News Story: Three PPDC Workgroups Meeting March 6 - 8, 2007
For Release: February 13, 2007
EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) will hold public meetings for three PPDC workgroups in early March 2007: Azinphos-Methyl (AZM) Transition Issues Workgroup, the Spray Drift Workgroup, and Registration Review Implementation Workgroup. (The AZM and registration review workgroups are new.) Meeting agendas will be posted on the Agency’s PPDC Web site. The meetings will all be held at EPA's offices at 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202, in the First Floor Conference Center, except the second day of the Spray Drift Workgroup meeting, which will be held in Room S-12100 of the same building. Each meeting is open to the public.
- AZM Transition Issues Workgroup – In light of the recent EPA decision to phase out the remaining uses of the organophosphate pesticide azinphos-methyl over the next few years, the AZM Transition Issues Workgroup is being created to help advise EPA and USDA on AZM transition planning and implementation. This Workgroup will meet on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- Spray Drift Workgroup – Co-chaired by EPA’s Office of Water and Office of Pesticide Programs, the Spray Drift Workgroup is improving understanding of the perspectives of all stakeholders regarding spray drift and will provide recommendations on ways to mitigate spray drift. This Workgroup will meet on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Thursday, March 8, from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm.
- Registration Review Implementation Workgroup – This Workgroup is developing recommendations for the registration review initial docket opening process. It will meet on Thursday, March 8, 2007, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
PPDC is established under the Federal Advisory Committees Act and provides advice and recommendations to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs on a broad range of pesticide regulatory, policy, and program implementation issues that are associated with evaluating and reducing risks from the use of pesticides. PPDC work groups will provide their recommendations and advice to the full PPDC for deliberation and discussion. A diverse collection of individuals and groups is represented on this committee.