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EPA-USDA Committee To Advise on Reassessment and Transition (CARAT); Notice of Public Meeting

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice of Public Meeting.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Committee to Advise on Reassessment and Transition (CARAT) will hold a public meeting on October 11-12, 2000. An agenda is under development and will be available by October 6, 2000 on our website at www.epa.gov/​pesticides/​carat/​. Topics to be discussed will include pest management strategic planning and transition activities.

DATES:

The meeting will be held on October 11, 2000, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 12, 2000.

ADDRESSES:

The meeting will be held at the Radisson Hotel Old Town, 901 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone number (703) 683-6000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Margie Fehrenbach or Terria Northern, (7501-C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 308-4775 or (703) 305-7093; fax number: (703) 308-4776; e-mail address: Fehrenbach.Margie@epa.gov or Northern.Terria@epa.gov .

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Does this Action Apply to Me?

This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to persons who are concerned about implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act (Public Law 104-170). Passed in 1996, this new law strengthens the nation's system for regulating pesticides on food. CARAT is preceded by the Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee which was established in 1998 in response to Vice President Gore's request for EPA and USDA to work together to ensure smooth implementation of FQPA. Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

II. How Can I Get Additional Information, Including Copies of this Document and Other Related Documents?

1. Electronically. You may obtain electronic copies of this document, and certain other related documents that might be available electronically, from the EPA Internet Home Page at http://www.epa.gov/​. To access this document, on the Home Page select “Laws and Regulations,” “Regulations and Proposed Rules,” and then look up the entry for this document under the “Federal Register—Environmental Documents.“ You can also go directly to the Federal Register listings at http://www.epa.gov/​fedrgstr/​. To access information about CARAT, go directly to the Home Page for EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs at http://www.epa.gov/​pesticides/​carat.

2. In person. The Agency has established an administrative record for this meeting under docket control number OPP-00657. The administrative record consists of the documents specifically referenced in this notice, any public comments received during an applicable comment period, and other information related to the Committee to Advise on Reassessment and Transition (CARAT). This administrative record includes the documents that are physically located in the docket, as well as the documents that are referenced in those documents. The public version of the administrative record, which includes printed, paper versions of any electronic comments Start Printed Page 58071that may be submitted during an applicable comment period, is available for inspection in the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The PIRIB telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

III. How Can I Participate in this Meeting?

CARAT meetings are open to the public under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463. Outside statements by observers are welcome. Oral statements will be limited to 3-5 minutes, and it is preferred that only one person per organization present the statement. Any person who wishes to file a written statement may do so before or after a CARAT meeting. These statements wil become part of the permanent record and will be provided to CARAT members. The permanent record will be available for public inspection at the address in Section II.2 “In person” above.

IV. Background

CARAT was established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act as as a subcommittee under the auspices of the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT. The purpose of CARAT is to provide advice and counsel to the Administrator of EPA and the Secretary of Agriculture regarding strategic approaches for pest management planning and tolerance reassessment for pesticides as required by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). CARAT is preceded by the Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee and is guided by the principles set forth by the Vice President for EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to work together to ensure smooth implementation of FPQA through use of sound science, consultation with stakeholders, increased transparency, and reasonable transition for agriculture. CARAT is co-chaired by EPA Deputy Administrator Michael McCabe and USDA Deputy Secretary Richard Rominger. CARAT is composed of experts that include farmers, environmental/public interest groups, public health officials, pediatric experts, pesticide trade associations and manufacturers, food processors and distributors, academicians, and tribal, State and local governments.

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Dated: September 20, 2000.

Susan H. Wayland

Acting Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances.

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[FR Doc. 00-24783 Filed 9-26-00; 8:45 am]

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