October 8, 1999
Staff Paper #47
The attached paper identifies
the need to discuss potential methods for EPA and USDA to continue to obtain
stakeholder input on various issues related to tolerance reassessment.
Since May 1998, EPA and USDA have successfully used the Tolerance Reassessment
Advisory Committee (TRAC) to obtain recommendations from stakeholders on
issues related to reassessing tolerances for the organophosphate pesticides.
The October 1999 meeting is the seventh and final TRAC meeting.
EPA and USDA would like to continue with an open forum that provides for
stakeholder consultation and discussion of issues such as those that were
raised at TRAC. The agenda for the October 20-21 TRAC meeting provides time
for discussion of potential post-TRAC activities. EPA and USDA would like
to discuss with TRAC the mechanisms available to the Agency and the Department
for continuing and enhancing transparency and stakeholder consultation. Ideas
that could be considered include holding periodic workshops and updates on
FQPA policy and implementation activities, establishing a new group or committee
under FACA or adding a subcommittee under an existing FACA group, the frequency
of meetings, workshops, or other events, and other mechanisms for continuing
an open forum.
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