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Pesticide News Story: Petitioners Request EPA Demonstrate Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Compliance with Paperwork Reduction Act; EPA Requests Public Comment

For Release: February 29, 2012

EPA is seeking public comment on a December 7, 2011 petition from the Chemical Producers & Distributors Association, the Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance, Inc., and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  The petition requests that the Agency abide by the Paperwork Reduction Act and Office of Management and Budget Terms of Clearance for the approved Information Collection Request for the first list of 67 chemicals to receive orders under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program by demonstrating that the information being sought has practical utility and is not duplicative before proceeding with Tier 1 screening orders for additional chemicals.  EPA is requesting comment on the petition during a 90-day period ending May 29, 2012.  After considering comments received, the Agency will respond to the comments and the petition.  For further information, please see EPA’s February 29, 2012 Federal Register notice and the petition in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0061 at Regulations.gov.

EPA initiated EDSP Tier 1 screening for the first list of 67 chemicals by issuing orders from late October 2009 through February 2010, requiring the testing of chemicals through 11 Tier 1 screening assays. The purpose of the screening assays is to determine the potential for a chemical to interact with estrogen, androgen, and thyroid hormone systems.  Based on the data from the Tier 1 assays, if a determination is made that a chemical is shown to interact, additional Tier 2 testing may be required.  For information on the EDSP, visit http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/oscpendo/index.htm.

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