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TRAC 5/27/98

Staff Background Paper # 7.4


USDA's Pesticides in the Pipeline Database

The Pipeline database was constructed by the Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) to maintain an awareness of unregistered pesticide-crop combinations that may be registered in the future. We view this database as a critical tool for developing transition strategies in response to EPA pesticide cancellation proposals, especially those brought about by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA).

Our database currently is composed of USEPA tolerance actions from January 1997 to the present and Researchable IR-4 projects. These USEPA tolerance actions include only those tolerances that may result in registered agricultural uses. Typical tolerance documents consulted include pesticide petitions, emergency exemption (Section 18) tolerance actions, tolerance proposals, and accepted tolerances.

The database is structured such that each record or pesticide-crop-commodity combination has 13 fields. Critical fields in the database are the crop, pesticide common and trade name, pesticide activity (discipline affected), commodity, tolerance on that commodity, tolerance status (IR-4 project, petition, proposal, accepted Section 3 or 18), and pest(s) managed. Less critical though useful fields are the registrant of pesticide, expiration date of tolerance, citation in the Federal Register, citation date, petition number, and the Code of Federal Regulation Section and Part for the tolerance. The database currently has about 2000 records (unique pesticide-crop-commodity combinations with 13 fields each). All the fields can be sorted (we generally use a crop-pesticide-commodity sort for our reports) and the database is publicly available as a hard copy report or as an electronic database in ASCII format.

This database was constructed and is being maintained by the staff of OPMP. There is no separate budget for this project. We plan to maintain the current status of this database and expand its content whenever additional data sources are identified that will contribute to its usefulness.


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