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Chlorpyrifos, an Organophosphate Insecticide, Acaricide and Miticide – Proposed Tolerance Revocation

Chlorpyrifos, an Organophosphate Insecticide, Acaricide and Miticide – Proposed Tolerance Revocation – EPA has denied a “… petition requesting that EPA revoke all tolerances for the pesticide chlorpyrifos … and cancel all chlorpyrifos registrations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. The petition was filed in September 2007 by the Pesticide Action Network North America (P ANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) …”

Document Title: * The title of the March 29, 2016 EPA pre-publication Federal Register Notice is “Chlorpyrifos; Order Denying PANNA and NRDC’s Petition to Revoke Tolerances”
* The title of the November 17, 2016 EPA Federal Register Notice is “Chlorpyrifos; Tolerance Revocations; Notice of Data Availability and Request for Comment”
* The title of the November 6, 2015 EPA Federal Register Proposed Rule is “Chlorpyrifos; Tolerance Revocations”
* The title of the October 30, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Story is “EPA Proposes to Revoke Chlorpyrifos Food Residue Tolerances”
* The title of the January 5, 2015 EPA News Release is “EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment Shows Risk to Workers”

Organization: The pre-publication Federal Register Notice was signed on March 29, 2016 by E. Scott Pruitt who is the EPA Administrator

The November 17, 2016 Federal Register Notice was signed on November 10, 2015 by by Richard P. Keigwin, Jr. who is the Acting Director of the Office of and Pesticide Programs, a unit of the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

The November 6, 2015 Federal Register Proposed Rule was signed on October 28, 2015 by Jack E. Housenger who is the Director of the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, a unit of the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Source: * March 29, 2016 EPA pre-publication Federal Register Notice
* November 17, 2016 EPA Federal Register Notice
* November 6, 2015 EPA Federal Register Proposed Rule
* October 30, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Story
* January 5, 2015 EPA News Release

Comments Due By: Objections and requests for hearings are due to EPA within 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register

Effective Date: Date of publication in the Federal Register

Web site: The March 29, 2016 EPA pre-publication Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-03/documents/chlorpyrifos3b_order_denying_panna_and_nrdc27s_petitition_to_revoke_tolerances.pdf
* When published in the Federal Register, the EPA Notice will be made available at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR

The March 29, 2017 EPA News Release, titled “EPA Administrator Pruitt Denies Petition to Ban Widely Used Pesticide”, is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-administrator-pruitt-denies-petition-ban-widely-used-pesticide-0

The November 17, 2016 EPA Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-17/html/2016-27552.htm

The November 10, 2016 EPA Pesticide News Story, tiled “Updated Human Health Risk Analyses for Chlorpyrifos”, is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/updated-human-health-risk-analyses-chlorpyrifos

The analyses and additional supporting documents will be available at
http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0653

The November 10, 2016 Dow AgroSciences News Release, titled “Dow AgroSciences, U.S. Farmers Disagree with U.S. EPA Proposal to Revoke Chlorpyrifos Tolerances”, is posted at
http://www.dowagro.com/en-us/newsroom/pressreleases/2016/11/dow-agrosciences-us-farmers-disagree-with-us-epa-proposal–to-revoke-chlorpyrifos-tolerances

Additional information about the EPA Proposal to Revoke Chlorpyrifos Food Residue Tolerances is available at
http://www2.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/proposal-revoke-chlorpyrifos-food-residue-tolerances

Additional information about the EPA Revised Human Health Risk Assessment on Chlorpyrifos is available at
http://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/revised-human-health-risk-assessment-chlorpyrifos

The November 6, 2015 EPA Federal Register Proposed Rule is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-06/html/2015-28083.htm

October 30, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Story is posted at
http://www2.epa.gov/pesticides/epa-proposes-revoke-chlorpyrifos-food-residue-tolerances

The October 30, 2015 CropLife America News Release, titled “Activist Litigation Threatens Agricultural Productivity”, is posted at
http://www.croplifeamerica.org/activist-litigation-threatens-agricultural-productivity/

The January 5, 2015 EPA News Release is posted at
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/6b1d8a363e75a61e85257dc4006b1524!OpenDocument

The December 31, 2014 EPA revised human health risk assessment on chlorpyrifos is posted at
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850-0195

Additional information about the EPA revised human health risk assessment on chlorpyrifos is available at
http://www2.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/revised-human-health-risk-assessment-chlorpyrifos

The previous FIEN message related to this topic is posted at
http://www.fien.com/articleDisplay.php?id=38749

Contact: Questions may be directed to the Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division of the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs at 703 347 0206; e-mail: OPPChlorpyrifoslnquiries@EPA.gov

Summary: The text of the March 29, 2017 EPA News Release follows:

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide crucial to U.S. agriculture.

“We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Pruitt. “By reversing the previous Administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making – rather than predetermined results.”

“This is a welcome decision grounded in evidence and science,” said Sheryl Kunickis, director of the Office of Pest Management Policy at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “It means that this important pest management tool will remain available to growers, helping to ensure an abundant and affordable food supply for this nation and the world. This frees American farmers from significant trade disruptions that could have been caused by an unnecessary, unilateral revocation of chlorpyrifos tolerances in the United States. It is also great news for consumers, who will continue to have access to a full range of both domestic and imported fruits and vegetables. We thank our colleagues at EPA for their hard work.”

In October 2015, under the previous Administration, EPA proposed to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos, an active ingredient in insecticides. This proposal was issued in response to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Pesticide Action Network North America. The October 2015 proposal largely relied on certain epidemiological study outcomes, whose application is novel and uncertain, to reach its conclusions.

The public record lays out serious scientific concerns and substantive process gaps in the proposal. Reliable data, overwhelming in both quantity and quality, contradicts the reliance on – and misapplication of – studies to establish the end points and conclusions used to rationalize the proposal.

The USDA disagrees with the methodology used by the previous Administration. Similarly, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture also objected to EPA’s methodology. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) also expressed concerns with regard to EPA’s previous reliance on certain data the Agency had used to support its proposal to ban the pesticide.

The FIFRA SAP is a federal advisory committee operating in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act and established under the provisions of FIFRA, as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. It provides scientific advice, information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues regarding the impact of regulatory decisions on health and the environment.

To view the petition: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides

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