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The EPA on Thursday, Oct. 1, announced via press release it is establishing a new process that will allow the public to review and comment on risk assessments and proposed registration decisions for pesticides. The process will apply to all new pesticide active ingredients and first food uses, first outdoor uses, and first residential uses, according to the release.
Starting Thursday, for certain registration actions, the agency's risk assessment and proposed decision will be added to the public docket and made available for a 30-day public comment period. Following the comment period, the EPA will publish its decision and a response-to-comment document. By focusing public access on new pesticide ingredients and first food, outdoor, and residential uses, the public will have the opportunity to comment on all major new exposure patterns for pesticide registration.
Stakeholders now will get information sooner on reduced-risk pesticides being registered that can replace some of the older and often more toxic pesticides, the EPA said.
"This new process will give the public greater opportunity to participate and understand decisions about new pesticides," said Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the office of prevention, pesticides and toxic substances.