[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 183 (Wednesday, September 21, 2011)]
[Pages 58506-58507]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-24284]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0711; FRL-8889-9]

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives 
notice that a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue 
Committee (PPDC) is scheduled for October 12-13, 2011. A draft agenda 
is under development and will be posted by September 26, 2011. Four 
PPDC workgroup meetings are also scheduled for October 11, 2011: 
Integrated Pest Management, Comparative Safety Statements, Pollinator 
Protection, and the 21st Century Toxicology/Integrated Testing 
Strategies Workgroup's Workshop on Diagnostic Tools and Biomarkers in 
Pesticide Medical Management, Exposure Surveillance, and Epidemiologic 
Research. The PPDC Public Health Work Group is planning to meet on 
October 13, 2011, following the PPDC meeting. All meetings are free, 
open to the public, and no advance registration is required.

DATES: The PPDC meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 
noon. On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Workgroup meeting schedules are as 
follows: Integrated Pest Management from 8 a.m. to noon; Comparative 
Safety Statements from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Pollinator Protection from 1 
p.m. to 5 p.m.; and 21st Century Toxicology/Integrated Testing 
Strategies Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, October 13, 
the PPDC Public Health Work Group will meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Information regarding PPDC

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Workgroups 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 Workgroup 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, as 
will the 21st Century Toxicology/Integrated Testing Strategies 
Workgroup's Workshop. The Integrated Pest Management and Pollinator 
Protection Workgroup meetings will be held in room S-4370, and the 
Comparative Safety Statements Workgroup meeting will be held in room N-
4830. The Public Health Workgroup meeting will be held in room N-4830. 
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; e-mail address: [email protected].


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); the amendments to FIFRA and FFDCA by 
the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996; the Pesticide 
Registration Improvement Act; and the Endangered Species 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 

    EPA has established a docket for this action under docket ID number 
EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0771. 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 Bldg.), 
2777 S. Crystal Dr., 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 Facility telephone number is (703) 
    A draft agenda is being developed and will be posted by September 
26, 2011, 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 EPA'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 

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Agricultural workers, Agriculture, 
Chemicals, Endangered species, Foods, Integrated Pest Management, 
Pesticide labels, Pesticides and pests, Pollinator protection, Public 
health, 21st Century toxicology.

    Dated: September 15, 2011.
Steven Bradbury,
Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2011-24284 Filed 9-20-11; 8:45 am]