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EPA Releases Four Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments for Public Comment

Update – Neonicotinoid Insecticides Imidacloprid, Clothianidin, Thiamethoxam, and Dinotefuran – EPA has published “… preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for … clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid … The assessments for clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, similar to the preliminary pollinator assessment for imidacloprid showed: most approved uses do not pose significant risks to bee colonies. However, spray applications to a few crops, such as cucumbers, berries, and cotton, may pose risks to bees that come in direct contact with residue. In its preliminary pollinator-only analysis for clothianidin and thiamethoxam, the EPA has proposed a new method for accounting for pesticide exposure that may occur through pollen and nectar … The 60-day public comment period will begin upon publication in the Federal Register … [EPA is] especially interested in getting input from stakeholders on the new method for assessing potential exposure and risk through pollen and nectar … Along with the risk assessments, the EPA is also issuing an updated registration review schedule for the four neonicotinoids to reflect the data being submitted in 2017 …”

Document Title: * The title of the January 12, 2017 EPA Pesticide News Story is “EPA Releases Four Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments for Public Comment”
* The title of the March 7, 2016 EPA Federal Register Notice is “Imidacloprid Registration Review; Draft Pollinator Ecological Risk Assessment; Extension of Comment Period”
* The title of the January 15, 2016 EPA Federal Register Notice is “Imidacloprid Registration Review; Draft Pollinator Ecological Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability”
* The title of the January 6, 2016 EPA News Release is “EPA Releases the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees”

Organization: * The January 12, 2017 and January 15, 2016 Pesticide News Stories were issued by the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs

* The March 7, 2016 Federal Register Notice was signed on February 29, 2016 by Yu-Ting Guilaran who is the Director of the Pesticide Re-evaluation Division of the Office of Pesticide Programs, a unit of the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
* The January 15, 2016 Federal Register Notice was signed on January 8, 2016 by Michael Goodis who is the Acting Director of the Pesticide Re-evaluation Division of the Office of Pesticide Programs, a unit of the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Source: * January 12, 2017 and January 15, 2016 Pesticide News Stories
* March 7, 2016 and January 15, 2016 EPA Federal Register Notices
* January 6, 2016 EPA News Release

Web site: The January 12, 2017 EPA Pesticide News Story is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/epa-releases-four-neonicotinoid-risk-assessments-public-comment

The EPA Schedule for Review of Neonicotinoid Pesticides is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/schedule-review-neonicotinoid-pesticides
* The Preliminary Bee Risk Assessment to Support the Registration Review of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam is posted at
http://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0865-0173
* The Draft Assessment of the Potential Effects of Dinotefuran on Bees is posted at
http://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0920-0014

The March 7, 2016 EPA Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-07/html/2016-05033.htm

The January 15, 2016 EPA Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-15/html/2016-00740.htm

The risk assessment and other supporting documents are available at
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketBrowser;rpp=25;so=DESC;sb=postedDate;po=0;dct=SR;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0844

The January 15, 2016 EPA Pesticide News Story, titled “EPA Opens Public Comment Period on the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees”, is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/epa-opens-public-comment-period-first-four-preliminary-risk-assessments-insecticides

The January 6, 2016 EPA News Release is posted at
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/63e7fb0e47b1aa3685257f320050a7e3!OpenDocument

The EPA risk assessment on imidacloprid and other supporting documents are available at
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0844
* Specifically, the EPA Preliminary Pollinator Assessment to Support the Registration Review of Imidacloprid is posted at
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0844-0140

Information about the upcoming webinar on the imidacloprid assessment in early February and about how EPA assesses risks to pollinators is available at
http://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/how-we-assess-risks-pollinators

The January 6, 2016 Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency Preliminary Pollinator Assessment of Imidacloprid is posted at
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/part/consultations/_rev2016-05/index-eng.php

The January 6, 2016 Health Canada “Status update on neonicotinoid insecticides” is posted at
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1026769&tp=980

Additional information on EPA’s efforts to protect pollinators is available at
http://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection

The previous FIEN message related to this topic is posted at
http://www.fien.com/articleDisplay.php?id=36253

Contact: EPA contacts for information about Pollinator Protection are listed at
http://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/forms/contact-us-about-pollinator-protection

Summary: The text of the January 12, 2017 EPA Pesticide News Story follows:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid, which we published in January 2016. The updated imidacloprid assessment looks at potential risks to aquatic species, and identifies some risks for aquatic insects.

The assessments for clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, similar to the preliminary pollinator assessment for imidacloprid showed: most approved uses do not pose significant risks to bee colonies. However, spray applications to a few crops, such as cucumbers, berries, and cotton, may pose risks to bees that come in direct contact with residue. In its preliminary pollinator-only analysis for clothianidin and thiamethoxam, the EPA has proposed a new method for accounting for pesticide exposure that may occur through pollen and nectar.

The 60-day public comment period will begin upon publication in the Federal Register, which will happen soon. The EPA invites public comment on all of these preliminary assessments, but we are especially interested in getting input from stakeholders on the new method for assessing potential exposure and risk through pollen and nectar. EPA may revise the pollinator assessment based on comments received as well as additional data that we anticipate receiving during 2017. We hope to release the final neonicotinoid risk assessments for public comment by mid-2018.

Along with the risk assessments, the EPA is also issuing an updated registration review schedule for the four neonicotinoids to reflect the data being submitted in 2017.

EPA encourages stakeholders and interested members of the public to visit the dockets for the neonicotinoid pesticides and sign up for email alerts to be automatically notified when the Agency publishes the next documents for review and comment. View the neonicotinoid registration review schedule (http://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/schedule-review-neonicotinoid-pesticides ) for links to the individual dockets.

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