[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 163 (Thursday, August 21, 2008)]
[Pages 49456-49457]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-19423]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0630; FRL-8379-1]

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Work Group on Comparative 
Safety Statements or Logos for Pesticide Product Labeling; Notice of 
Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives 
notice of a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee 
(PPDC) Work Group on Comparative Safety Statements or Logos for 
Pesticide Product Labeling on September 10, 2008. An agenda is under 
development and will be posted on EPA's website by August 25, 2008.

DATES: The PPDC meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person 
listed under For Further Informationn Contact, preferably at least 10 
days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to 
process your request.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Conference Center on the 
lobby level at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's location at 
One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. 
This location is approximately a mile from the Crystal City Metro 

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); and the amendments to both of these 
major pesticide laws by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996. 
Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to: 
Agricultural workers and farmers; pesticide industry and trade 
associations; environmental, consumer, and farmworker groups; 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 

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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-2008-0630. 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 Bldg.), 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 
Facility 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 under 
development and will be posted by August 25, 2008, on EPA's website 

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 was renewed November 2, 2007, 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. The objective of the PPDC Work Group on 
Comparative Safety Statements or Logos for Pesticide Product Labeling 
is to address the interest being expressed by the public for possible 
development of Agency or third party endorsements/statements or logos 
on labels regarding comparative product safety. The work group will 
make recommendations to the full PPDC as to whether the government 
should pursue a policy and regulatory change in order to develop or 
allow these types of statements or logos.
    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.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Agricultural workers, Agriculture, 
Chemicals, Foods, Pesticides and pests, Public health.

    Dated: August 14, 2008.
Debra Edwards,
Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. E8-19423 Filed 8-20-08; 8:45 am]