Issue Papers and topics
EPA update on various continuing issues:
- Multiple Products Packaged Together Registration Review Guidance: RD and AD have reviewed the guidance and have thoughts/comments on the guidance, though will not be providing written comments. RD/AD will either pass those on to me to provide at the SFIREG meeting or join the POM report out to provide.
- Cover Crop and PBI Issue Paper – we have the response paper close to finish and are providing additional time for managers in OPP to wind up final comments. We won’t have the signed issue paper by the SFIREG meeting, but will cover what the response will include in the cover crops session.
- Neonicitinoid Treated Seed Issues: have learned that of the three petitions in house, it’s really one that is most relevant to the treated seeds issue. The petition in Linda Arrington’s branch deals with how EPA views treated seeds, the treated article exemption, and whether it’s been dealt with correctly. There are additional petitions in house that are tied to the neonics and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, also a petition that request cancellation of clothianidin; however, these two do not include treated seed components in the petitions (and are instead focused on neonics). In addition to Linda, we’ll have someone from the Environmental Fate and Effects Division on hand to assist with eco risk side of the SFIREG questions that were submitted.