AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: EPA is seeking comment on a proposal to adopt mandatory
pesticide label restrictions to protect managed bees under contract
pollination services from foliar application of pesticides that are
acutely toxic to bees on a contact exposure basis. These label
restrictions would prohibit applications of pesticide products, which
are acutely toxic to bees, during bloom when bees are known to be
present under contract. EPA is also seeking comment on a proposal to
rely on efforts made by states and tribes to reduce pesticide exposures through development of locally-based measures, specifically through managed pollinator protection plans. These plans would include local and customizable mitigation measures to address certain scenarios that can result in exposure to pollinators. EPA intends to monitor the success of these plans in deciding whether further label restrictions
DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 29, 2015.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0818, by one of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit
electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business
Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted
Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket
Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC
Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand
delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the
instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.
Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along
with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michael Goodis, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (7508P), Office of
Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania
Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8157;
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Marietta Echeverria, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide
Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.,
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-8578; email