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Pesticide News Story: FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting on Atrazine

For Release: May 16, 2012

On June 12-15, 2012, the EPA will hold a meeting of the FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act) Scientific Advisory Panel to review the agency’s problem formulation for the environmental fate and ecological risk assessment for atrazine. During this SAP, the EPA will present a refined methodology for determining the magnitude and frequency of atrazine exposures below which significant changes in aquatic plant community structure, function and productivity are not expected. The agency will also present its review of atrazine studies with amphibians published in the open literature since 2007. The EPA plans to take the recommendations from this SAP as well as previous SAPs into account as it updates the state of the science for the atrazine registration review beginning in 2013.

SAP meetings are open to the public and the EPA encourages all interested party to participate in these meetings. The agency’s meeting announcement for the June 2012 SAP provides detailed information about the meeting and how to participate. All documents for the June 2012 SAP meeting, including background documents and public comments, are available at www.regulations.gov in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0230.

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