[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68771-68772]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27975]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0873; FRL-9369-6]


Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the 
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Pesticide Programs 
is

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giving notice that a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue 
Committee (PPDC) is scheduled for November 29-30, 2012. A draft agenda 
is under development and will be posted by November 16, 2012. Three 
PPDC workgroup meetings are scheduled to meet on November 28, 2012, as 
follows: PPDC Work Group on Integrated Pest Management; PPDC Work Group 
on Comparative Safety Statements; and PPDC Work Group on Pollinator 
Protection. The PPDC Work Group on 21st Century Toxicology/Integrated 
Testing Strategies will meet on November 29, 2012. All meetings are 
free, open to the public, and no advance registration is required.

DATES: The PPDC meeting will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012, 
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, November 30, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 
noon. On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, PPDC work group meetings are 
scheduled as follows: Integrated Pest Management from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; 
Comparative Safety Statements from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Pollinator 
Protection from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Thursday, November 29, 2012, 
the PPDC Work Group on 21st Century Toxicology/Integrated Testing 
Strategies will meet from noon to 1:15 p.m. in N-4850-70 Potomac Yards 
North. Information regarding PPDC Work Groups is available on EPA's Web 
site at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc/.
    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.

ADDRESSES: The PPDC and Work Group meetings will be held at EPA's 
location at 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. 
The PPDC meeting will be held in the lobby-level Conference Center. The 
PPDC Work Group on Pollinator Protection will meet on November 28, 
2012, in the lobby-level Conference Center. The PPDC Work Group on 
Integrated Pest Management will meet on November 28, 2012, in room S-
4850-70 Potomac Yards South. The PPDC Work Group on Comparative Safety 
Statements will meet on November 28, 2012, in S-4370-80 Potomac Yards 
South. On November 29, 2012, the PPDC Work Group on 21st Century 
Toxicology/Integrated Testing Strategies will meet in N-4850-70 Potomac 
Yards North. EPA's Potomac Yard South building is approximately one 
mile from the Crystal City Metro Station.

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; email address: fehrenbach.margie@epa.gov.

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 farm worker groups; pesticide users and growers; animal 
rights groups; pest consultants; State, local, and tribal governments; 
academia; public health organizations; 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?

    The docket for this action, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0873, is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pesticide Programs Regulatory 
Public Docket (OPP Docket) in the Environmental Protection Agency 
Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West Bldg., Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution 
Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. The Public Reading Room is open 
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal 
holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 
566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPP Docket is (703) 305-
5805. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information 
about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

II. Background

    The 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 EPA's 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 28, 2011, 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 current PPDC: 
Environmental/public interest and animal rights groups; farm worker 
organizations; pesticide industry and trade associations; 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.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Agricultural workers, Agriculture, 
Chemicals, Endangered species, Foods, Integrated pest management, 
Pesticide labels, Pesticides and pests, Public health, Spray drift, 
21st Century toxicology.

    Dated: November 9, 2012.
Steven Bradbury,
Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-27975 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]
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