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Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Announcement of New Membership and Notice of Public Meetings

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice that a public meeting of the new membership to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is scheduled for December 14 and 15, 2010. A draft agenda is under development that will include reports from and discussions about current issues from the following PPDC work groups: 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies; Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) Process Improvements; Comparative Safety Statements for Pesticide Product Labeling; and Public Health Work Group. Discussion topics will also cover spray drift, current Endangered Species Act issues, and brief program updates on current regulatory topics. PPDC work group meetings are also being scheduled and are open to the public. The 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies Work Group is holding a workshop on 21st Century Science and Integrated Testing and Assessment Strategies: Transitioning Research to Regulatory Practice on December 13, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting will also be available via webinar. A brochure and agenda regarding this Workshop and information and instructions for participating in the webinar is found at: http://www.epa.gov/​oppfead1/​cb/​ppdc/​testing/​index.html. The PPDC PRIA Process Improvements Work Group will meet on December 13, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Information about this work group meeting can be found on EPA's Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/​pesticides/​ppdc.

DATES:

The PPDC meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, December 15, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon.

To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

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ADDRESSES:

The meeting will be held in the Conference Center on the lobby level at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's location at 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. This location is approximately one mile from the Crystal City Metro Station.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Margie Fehrenbach, Office of Pesticide Programs (7501P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-4775; fax number: (703) 308-4776; e-mail address: fehrenbach.margie@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

This action is directed to the public in general, and may be of particular interest to persons who work in agricultural settings or persons who are concerned about implementation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA); and the amendments to both of these major pesticide laws by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996; and the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to: Agricultural workers and farmers; pesticide industry and trade associations; environmental, consumer, and farmworker groups; animal welfare organizations; pesticide users and growers; pest consultants; State, local and Tribal governments; academia; public health organizations; food processors; and the public. If you have questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0966. Although a part of the official docket, the public docket does not include Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Building), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the Federal Register listings at http://www.epa.gov/​fedrgstr.

A draft agenda is being developed and will be posted by December 3, 2010, on EPA's Web site at : http://www.epa.gov/​pesticides/​ppdc/​.

II. Background

EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is entrusted with the responsibility to help ensure the safety of the American food supply, the education and protection from unreasonable risk of those who apply or are exposed to pesticides occupationally or through use of products, and general protection of the environment and special ecosystems from potential risks posed by pesticides.

The Charter for the Environmental Protection Agency's Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) was established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, in September 1995, and has been renewed every 2 years since that time. PPDC's Charter was renewed October 30, 2009, for another 2-year period. The purpose of PPDC is to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on issues associated with pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from use of pesticides. It is determined that PPDC is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Agency by law. The following sectors are represented on the PPDC: Pesticide industry and trade associations; environmental/public interest, consumer, and animal rights groups; farm worker organizations; pesticide user, grower, and commodity groups; Federal and State/local/Tribal governments; the general public; academia; and public health organizations.

Copies of the PPDC Charter are filed with appropriate committees of Congress and the Library of Congress and are available upon request.

III. How can I request to participate in this meeting?

PPDC meetings are open to the public and seating is available on a first-come basis. Persons interested in attending do not need to register in advance of the meeting. Comments may be made during the public comment session of each meeting or in writing to the address listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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Dated: November 18, 2010.

Marty Monell,

Acting Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2010-29624 Filed 11-23-10; 8:45 am]

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