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- developing an appropriate process for making tolerance reassessment decisions under the Food Quality Protection Act;
- recommending the proper policy framework for deciding when there is adequate scientific information, when new information is needed, and when it is scientifically appropriate to use estimates in the absence of actual measurements;
- recommending ways to increase the pace of decision-making to make available to growers newer and safer pesticides and new uses of registered pesticides that meet the new Food Quality Protection Act safety standards;
- developing common sense strategies for reducing risk to acceptable levels while retaining those pesticides of the highest public value, and identifying opportunities for reasonable transition mechanisms;
- assuring appropriate priority is given to assessing the organophosphates that are most likely to lead to exposure in children's foods;
- fostering improved communication and understanding among all stakeholders regarding tolerance reassessment decisions for organophosphate pesticides; and,
- assuring appropriate public participation in our decision making.
The Committee shall hold four public meetings, analyze issues, review and compile information, make recommendations, compile reports, and undertake other activities necessary to meet its responsibilities.
All Committee meetings will be called, announced, and held in accordance with FACA and NACEPT, which requires open meetings, and an opportunity for interested persons to file comments before or after meetings, or to make statements during the public meetings to the extent time permits.
Each meeting shall be conducted in accordance with an agenda approved in advance by the Designated Federal Officer. Budgetary support for TRAC is provided by the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. The estimated operating costs for the four or five meetings totals approximately $170,000, and 2.0 work years of staff support.