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Pesticide News Story: Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee to Meet October 14-15, 2009

For Release: September 18, 2009

On October 14-15, 2009, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). The meeting will be held Wednesday, October 14, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Thursday, October 15, from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm in OPP’s first floor conference center at One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. The meeting is open to the public.

A draft agenda has been developed and posted on OPP’s Web site. Agenda topics include sessions on National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) issues, the Endangered Species Act, Plant Health Claims on Pesticide Products, brief updates on pesticide-related issues, and reports from and discussions about current issues from the following PPDC work groups: 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies; Web-Distributed Labeling; and Comparative Safety Statements for Pesticide Product Labeling.

A Webcast in preparation for the PPDC meeting will describe Agency efforts to develop a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for discharges from the application of pesticides in the few remaining areas nationwide where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. This event is scheduled for October 7, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Eastern time.

Time will be allocated on both days of the PPDC meeting for public comment, and outside statements by observers are encouraged and welcomed. Each oral statement will, however, be limited to 3-5 minutes, and it is preferred that only one person per organization present a statement. Any person who wishes to file a written statement may do so before or after the meeting.

Further information about PPDC, the October 7 Webcast covering NPDES issues, and planned meetings of the PPDC work groups on October 13 and other listed dates is available on the Web page listed above.

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.

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