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United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs

October 8, 1999
FY'99 REDs and the Development Processes
Staff Paper #46

Note To Reader:

Attached is information about the Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) for fiscal year 1999, and the processes used by EPA and USDA to develop the documents and increase stakeholder consultation.

I .  Development Processes. The Pilot Public Participation Process was used for all organophosphates evaluated in Fiscal Year (FY) 1999. For non-organophosphate decisions completed in FY99, EPA used the process that was in place prior to the advent of the Pilot Process with additional communications with interested stakeholders. In developing the FY 99 REDs, EPA reviewed a full complement of updated scientific data regarding the human health and ecological effects of each of these pesticides, as well as current product labeling, and updated use and usage information. In developing risk mitigation measures for these REDs, EPA has made an unprecedented effort to obtain input from growers and other pesticide users. USDA organized and EPA participated in a series of conference calls and meetings that included representatives from the IR-4 Program, the Farm Bureau, and individual growers and users in our discussions and decision-making. The REDs completed for FY 99 will be available for a 90-day public review and comment period. We believe that the risk management measures in the FY 99 REDs will be more practical and reality-based, as a result.

As a general rule, RED documents are shared with growers, other pesticide users, and the public for review and comment. The documents are placed in a public docket and are available for review through the EPA website. A RED is NOT a final regulatory decision, but rather a document summarizing what the Agency knows about a pesticide, and invites broad public comment on our findings. In certain instances the Agency has continued to meet with stakeholders after the RED has been issued to further refine risk mitigation measures.

The Agency has issued approximately 190 REDs since 1988, and in each instance, opportunity was provided for broad public comment, and all public comments received were considered in reaching the final decision.

II. Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs).

In fiscal year 1999, 14 RED documents were completed (i.e., decisions were signed) by the Office of Pesticide Programs.

A. REDs. Seven REDs were completed in FY 99, as follows:

1. Captan
2. EPTC (s-ethyl dipropylthiocarbamate)
3. Folpet
4. Lamprecide hydroxide)
5. Niclosamide
6. Pebulate
7. TPTH (Triphenyltin

B. Voluntary cancellations that count as Reregistration Decisions.The following voluntary cancellations were processed by EPA in FY 99 and are being counted as completed reregistration decisions. Significant time and effort was expended by EPA in developing the risk assessments and supporting documents for all of these pesticides. Two of the organophosphates partially completed the Pilot Public Participation Process. Any tolerances associated with these organophosphates will be revoked and counted as reassessed under FQPA because the revocations are the result of the cancellation of these pesticides. Isofenfos was in Phase 2 of the Pilot Process when the Agency received the request for voluntary cancellation (Phase 2 is when EPA considers error comments received from the registrant on the Agency's preliminary risk assessments). When the Agency received the request for voluntary cancellation of sulfotepp, the chemical was in the 6th (and last) process Phase where EPA develops risk management. The Pilot Public Participation Process was not used for fonofos because the chemical's cancellation was already underway (Federal Register Notice dated November 1998).

Organophosphates

8. Isofenphos
9. Fonofos
10. Sulfotepp

Non-Organophosphates

11. Bendiocarb
12. Oxythioquinox
13. Ryanodine
14. Vernolate


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