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Pesticide News Story: EPA Extends Comment Period on Worker Risk Policy Paper

For Release: January 29, 2010

EPA will soon announce in the Federal Register that the Agency is extending the public comment period for an additional 60 days, until April 12, 2010, on the policy paper, Revised Risk Assessment Methods for Workers, Children of Workers in Agricultural Fields, and Pesticides with No Food Uses. This paper describes how the Agency plans to use revised methods in conducting risk assessments for pesticide uses and exposures not governed by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Implementing this policy is expected to increase protections, especially for agricultural workers and children of workers in agricultural fields. EPA’s December 9, 2009 Federal Register notice announced the availability of the policy paper and opened a 60-day comment period that would have closed on February 8, 2010. In response to requests from stakeholders, EPA has decided to extend the comment period to April 12, 2010.

For additional information, please see the Worker Risk Assessment Web page. To find the policy paper and submit comments, please visit Regulations.Gov, Docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0889.

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