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Pesticide News Story: Petitioners Request Guidance, Analysis of Initial Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Studies; EPA Requests Public Comment

For Release: August 10, 2011

EPA is seeking public comment on a June 2011 petition from CropLife America, Consumer Specialty Products Association, and Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment. The petition includes several points related to the guidance, criteria, review, and decision-making for the test orders (i.e., requests for data from pesticide registrants) issued under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). EPA is requesting comment on the petition during a 60-day period ending October 11, 2011. After considering comments received, the Agency will respond to the comments and the petition. For further information, please see EPA’s August 10, 2011 Federal Register notice and the petition in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0656 at Regulations.gov.

EPA initiated EDSP Tier 1 screening for the first list of 67 chemicals by issuing orders from late October 2009 through February 2010, requiring the testing of chemicals using 11 screening assays. The purpose of the screening assays is to determine the potential for a chemical to interact with estrogen, androgen, and thyroid hormone systems. Based on the data from the Tier 1 assays, if a chemical is shown to interact with these hormone systems, additional Tier 2 testing may be required. For information on the EDSP, visit http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/oscpendo/index.htm.

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