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Deaths of Toddlers Results in EPA Action

We reported the Utah tragedy of two sisters dying in February after a pesticide application around their home. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency responded by restricting the pesticide in question. Here’s the story:

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    I thought someone from SafeLawns might be interested in joining this committee that has some influence over EPA regulatory decisions…

    EPA Invites Nominations for Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee

    EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is inviting nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) for the next two-year term. Nominations must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than April 20, 2010, to Margie Fehrenbach at 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. Vacancies are expected to be filled by late spring 2010.

    EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to maintain balance and obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages applications from all racial and ethnic groups. EPA seeks broad geographic representation from candidates possessing relevant experience and expertise from the following sectors:

    • Environmental/public interest and consumer groups;
    • Farm worker organizations;
    • Pesticide user, grower, and commodity groups;
    • Pesticide industry and trade associations;
    • Federal, state, local, and tribal governments;
    • Academia;
    • Public health organizations;
    • Individuals who are concerned about urban pest management issues; and
    • The general public.

    EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs 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 PPDC was established in 1995 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and serves to provide advice and recommendations to 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.

    For more information, the Federal Register notice announcing the Agency’s request for nominations can be found at

    EPA distributes its Pesticide Program Updates to external stakeholders and citizens who have expressed an interest in OPP activities and decisions. We have established an electronic listserve for people who want to keep abreast of pesticide issues and decisions. This update service is part of EPA’s continuing effort to improve public access to Federal pesticide information.

    For changes to our mailing list, e.g. e-mail addresses, telephone numbers etc. please send an email to

    For general questions on pesticides and pesticide poisoning prevention, contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), toll-free, at: 1-800-858-7378, by E-mail at, or, by visiting their website at:

    To report an environmental violation, visit EPA’s website at

    For information about ongoing activities in the Office of Pesticide Programs, visit our homepage at:

    Or call or write us directly at Communication Services Branch, Office of Pesticide Programs (7506 P), US Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004-2403, telephone 703-305-5017.

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