Friday, February 14, 2014

Regulatory Update

Happy Friday everyone and thank you for reading the AERF's Aquatics Update! Many of our members are likely snowed in today, so we hope you'll take this time to have a look at our regulatory update. Today, we will be focusing on Pesticide Updates from the EPA. Here are the most recent updates.
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2/6: EPA Announces Improvements to Protect the Rights of Data Owners and Ensure Compliance with Data Compensation Rules

EPA is announcing a final rulemaking to improve protection for data submitters, and a new guidance for EPA risk managers to improve compliance assurance. EPA expects that these changes will lead to greater efficiencies in the registration process, allowing applicants to benefit from greater clarity regarding when data compensation procedures should apply.

2/6: EPA Announces Final Plan for Federal Certification of Pesticide Applicators within Indian Country

Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) can only be used in areas where EPA has explicitly approved or implemented an applicator certification plan for that state or tribe. However, state certifications are generally not valid in Indian country and certification mechanisms are not in place for most of Indian country. Indian country includes, among other things, all lands within the exterior boundaries of Indian reservations. Therefore, we consulted with federally recognized tribes to develop an EPA Plan for the Federal Certification of Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) within Indian Country (the EPA Plan). The EPA Plan will serve those areas of Indian country throughout the United States where no other certification mechanism exists.

1/17: RNAi White Paper Published in Advance of January 28 Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting 

The EPA has posted a paper, "RNAi Technology as a Pesticide: Problem Formulation for Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment," and the charge to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) for the January 28, 2014, SAP meeting.The agency will consult with the SAP on the EPA’s approach to assess the risk of RNAi gene silencing technology for pesticidal purposes. In particular, the EPA is seeking advice on evaluating the general uncertainties concerning the pesticidal use of double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs), including the potential fate of dsRNAs engineered into plants or other organisms in the environment and any avenues through which they may present risk to human health and/or the environment.

1/17: Updated Notice of Arrival of Pesticides and Devices Form (EPA Form 3540-1) 

The EPA has now updated the form for Notice of Arrival (NOA) of Pesticides and Devices that is required for importing pesticides and pesticidal devices into the United States. These revisions should increase the efficiency of the Notice of Arrival process. If you are an importer of pesticides or pesticidal devices, you should begin using the updated form immediately.

Currently, there are also several items open for comment including:

For more information about these updates and to receive new updates as they are posted. Visit the EPA Pesticides Website

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