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Pesticide News Story: EPA to Extend Comment Period for Proposed Policies Concerning Nanoscale Materials in Pesticide Products

For Release: July 13, 2011

EPA has agreed to extend the comment period for proposed policies concerning possible approaches for obtaining information about what nanoscale materials are present in registered pesticide products. EPA issued the proposed policies in the Federal Register of Friday, June 17, 2011, with the original 30-day comment period set to close on July 18, 2011. 

The Agency received, and is granting, several requests to extend the comment period an additional 30 days to allow more time for additional public comments. The comment period will now end on August 17, 2011.

In addition to the proposed policy options for data gathering, the Federal Register notice also proposes a new approach for how EPA will determine whether a nanoscale ingredient is a “new” active or inert ingredient for purposes of scientific evaluation under the pesticide laws, when an identical, non-nanoscale form of the nanoscale ingredient is already registered. These proposed policy options will help ensure that EPA is informed about the presence of nanoscale ingredients in pesticide products and allow a review of the potential risks.  

Comments can be submitted at www.regulations.gov in docket number EPA–HQ–OPP–2010-0197 until August 17, 2011.

The Federal Register Notice extending the comment period published on July 13, 2011 and can be found at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-17464_PI.pdf

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