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Pesticide News Story: EPA to Hold Public Workshops for Proposed Rule on Data Requirements

For Release: March 17, 2006

The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting the public to participate in two workshops to discuss the provisions of a recently proposed rule that would update and revise the data requirements for registering biochemical and microbial pesticides. On March 8, EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to update and clarify data requirements for biochemical and microbial pesticides (40 CFR, Part 158). That notice announced a public comment period – open until June 6 – for the proposal soliciting the views of stakeholders and the general public. The proposed rule is available through our Web site at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2006/March/Day-08/p2185.htm.

Some of the proposed revisions apply to the data submission process, such as revised policy on data waivers, consultations, and pre/post-submission meetings. Although the workshops will not cover conventional pesticides, antimicrobial pesticides, or product performance data, all interested parties are welcome since EPA has already issued or is planning future revisions to the regulations in these three areas. The Federal Register Notice for this announcement is available on EPA’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2006/March/Day-15/p3728.htm.

The first public workshop will take place in the Washington, D.C., area on Thursday, March 30, 2006, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST) in Room 1126 (“Fishbowl”) of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs in Crystal City. The street address is 1801 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA. If you are unable to attend this workshop in person, conference lines are available:

Dial-in Number: 866-299-3188
Conference Code: 7033056598

The second public workshop will take place in Sacramento, CA, on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PST) at the University of California at Davis Extension, Sutter Square Galleria, Room No. 209. The street address is 2901 K Street, Sacramento, CA. Visitor information for this location is available at http://www.metrochamber.org, Exit EPA disclaimer or by calling the UC-Davis Extension at 916-327-7072.

While no formal registration is required, please contact Nathanael Martin (martin.nathanael@epa.gov) in EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs at 703-305-6475, if you plan to attend.

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