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PA EPA PESTICIDE PROGRAM DIALOGUE COMMITTEE MEETS OCT. 22-23

Release Date: 10/20/97
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FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1997

EPA PESTICIDE PROGRAM DIALOGUE COMMITTEE MEETS
OCT. 22-23

EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) will meet Oct. 22-23, at the Holiday Inn, 625 First St., Alexandria, Va. The meeting starts on Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m. and closes on Oct. 23 at 5:00 p.m. The PPDC will address several topics including a status report on implementation of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act; an update on various right-to-know initiatives, including the development of EPA’s consumer brochure on pesticide residues in food and the Consumer Labeling Initiative; recent recommendations from the International Life Sciences Institute on testing organophosphates; and a review of how section 18 tolerances are evaluated and established for minor use crops. The PPDC consists of approximately 25 members and was established in 1996 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to provide EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs with advice and guidance on regulatory and policy issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from pesticide use. Committee members include representatives from the pesticide industry, pesticide user and commodity groups, federal and state governments, consumer and environmental/public interest groups, the general public and members of congressional staff. Margie Fehrenbach is the committee’s designated federal officer in EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (telephone: 703-308-4775).



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