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Pesticide News Story: Registration Review Schedule/Program Update Information Available

For Release: June 8, 2010

EPA has issued an updated schedule for the registration review program, the periodic review of all registered pesticides mandated by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The updated schedule provides the timetable for opening public dockets for the next four years of the registration review program, from fiscal year (FY) 2010 to 2013, and includes information on dockets that opened in FY 2007 through FY 2009. The schedule reflects the Agency’s plan to continue to open about 70 new dockets each year through 2017. Following this schedule, EPA will complete the first 15-year cycle of registration review by October 1, 2022, for all pesticides registered as of October 1, 2007.

The registration review schedule for FY 2010 to 2013 reflects EPA’s decision to review all pesticides in two additional groups – the fumigants and the triazines – within the same time frame. In recent years, the Agency moved the fumigants and triazines ahead in the schedule so that dockets for all pesticides in these groups will open in FY 2013. While EPA is implementing risk mitigation decisions for the soil fumigants, new research is underway to address current data gaps and to refine the understanding of factors that affect how fumigants move in the environment. New methods and technologies for fumigation are emerging. By moving the soil fumigants forward in registration review from 2017 to 2013, the Agency will be able to consider new data and new technologies sooner, determine whether mitigation included in its decisions is effectively addressing risks as EPA believes it will, and include other fumigants that were not part of the reregistration review of these pesticides.

EPA initiated a reevaluation of the triazine pesticide atrazine in fall 2009. Given the availability of new scientific information as well as the documented presence of atrazine in both drinking water sources and other bodies of water, EPA has determined it appropriate to consider the new research and ensure that the Agency’s regulatory decisions about atrazine protect health and the environment. EPA’s reevaluation process is based on transparency and sound science, including independent scientific peer review. The current atrazine reevaluation will help address aspects of the atrazine registration review scheduled to begin in 2013 that involve human health risk assessment. As a result, the current reevaluation should reduce the scope and resources needed to complete the atrazine registration review.

EPA is announcing the updated schedule as provided in Sections 155.42(d) and 155.44 of the Procedural Regulations for Registration Review: Final Rule (document EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0404-0052 at www.regulations.gov). The Agency may consider issues raised by the public or registrant when reviewing a posted schedule, to schedule a pesticide registration review, or to modify the schedule of a pesticide registration review as appropriate. This schedule will be updated at least once a year.

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