On November 17, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released documents to the federal docket regarding food-use tolerance revocations of chlorpyrifos. This proposed action follows a long review of chlorpyrifos that has included three separate Scientific Advisory Panels (SAPs), the first two held in 2008 and 2012 and the most recent this past April (see transcript). All three SAPs came to the same conclusion, questioning EPA’s shift to the use of certain epidemiological study outcomes rather than toxicological data in human health risk assessments. In particular, the SAPs have cautioned EPA against using the study outcomes from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH). Read more.
Update – Malathion, an Organophosphate Insecticide – Pesticide Registration Review – EPA has extended the public comment period to December 21, 2016 for its draft human health risk assessment for the registration review of this pesticide which is intended to ensure that it can “… perform its intended function without[…]Read More »
EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) is poised to release by the end of the year a report calling on the agency to back the use of “citizen science” environmental data gathered by the public using personal devices, including a single EPA official to coordinate agency[…]Read More »