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CPDA 2018 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting to Feature Unveiling of New Strategic Direction

 

CPDA Interim President Gary Halvorson recently sent the following message to CPDA Members:  “Make plans to be in the “Windy City” on July 16-18 for CPDA’s 2018 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting at the Omni Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s gathering promises to be a truly special event and is being structured to showcase the newly defined focus of the CPDA organization.

The start of 2018 signified a new chapter in the association’s long history – a new way of conducting operations and a new philosophy to enhance the value of CPDA membership. The CPDA Board of Directors envisions a new strategic direction for the association – one which recognizes that issue priorities vary depending on a company’s primary business focus: producer, formulator/distributor, or adjuvant/inert ingredient supplier. Each of these segments within the agrotechnology industry faces a unique set of challenges in retaining a competitive edge.

With this in mind, the CPDA Board has designed a plan to create a committee structure focused on these segments, and the legislative and regulatory issues relative to each. A representative Board director whose company’s primary line of business falls within each segment will be featured on the conference program. Each will showcase how reorganization of CPDA’s current structure would facilitate opportunities for legislative and regulatory advocacy of current and future member companies. CPDA is working towards increased transparency and defining the association’s value to current, past and future members in order to justify the expense in this current market.

CPDA’s goal is guided by a vision of ensuring that the association serves as the pre-eminent voice on federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs in representing the interests of producers, formulators/distributors, and adjuvant/inert ingredient suppliers. CPDA is confident that a restructuring will benefit current members, and also attract former and potential new members looking for an organization that is willing and able to devote time, effort and resources into championing their interests before policy-makers on Capitol Hill and with regulatory agencies.

Further details on CPDA’s new strategic direction and the summer conference, including the agenda, sponsorship opportunities, and fun events being planned will be announced soon.  Thank you!”

Presentations from Distinguished Speakers at CPDA’s 2018 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference now Available

CPDA’s 2018 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference, “Agrotechnology Challenges in Today’s Ever-Changing Market,” held May 1-2 in San Antonio, Texas, featured an informative and robust speakers program that examined the latest trends and issues impacting the agrotechnology industry.  The Conference provided information on important topics including drift reduction technologies, advancements in tank cleaning technology, inerts and adjuvants for the organic market, the state of biostimulant regulations in the U.S. and Canada, auxin herbicides and the effective management of weed resistance, rhizosphere engineering and soil health, pending changes to California Proposition 65 product label warning requirements, and the impact of mergers and consolidations taking place within the agricultural chemicals industry on the long and short-term growth of the global agricultural economy.

Our sincere thanks is extended to the sponsors of the event.  The generosity and support of these companies play a key role in CPDA’s ability to provide value to our member companies and equip them with the information they need to retain a competitive edge in today’s agrotechnology industry.  Please join us in recognizing the CPDA 2018 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference sponsors:

Diamond Level:  Chemorse; Helena Agri-Enterprises; Huntsman Performance Products; Oxiteno USA, LLC; and Stepan Company

Platinum Level:  Adjuvants Unlimited, LLC; AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, LLC; Oleon; and Precision Laboratories, LLC

Gold Level:  Croda; Dow Crop Defense; Evonik Corporation; and KALO

Silver Level:  Albaugh, Inc.; Brandt Incorporated; Clariant Corporation; and Exacto Inc.

 

Special Thanks to Members of the 2018 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference Planning Committee

CPDA would like to give special recognition to the members of the 2018 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference Planning Committee – all of whom devoted their valuable time in the development of the speakers program and structure of the conference. The engagement and input of these individuals was key in ensuring the success of the conference. Members of this year’s conference planning committee include: Dave Ferguson (Huntsman Performance Products), Todd O’Connell (Huntsman Performance Products), Paul Bially (Solvay USA), Arthur Bass (Chemorse), Brenda DeShields (Oxiteno USA, LLC), Rebecca Peters (Precision Laboratories, LLC), Donna Hillebold (AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry), Stephen Rall (Evonik Corporation), Carmine Sesa (AgMarket Results), and Alec Simpson (Croda Inc.).

CPDA would also like to take this opportunity to express appreciation to all the attendees of this year’s Conference.  We hope the meeting provided just the right mix of education, information, and networking opportunities and that members and non-members alike found value in attending. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year in Denver, Colorado for the 2019 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference to be held May 7-9!

Speaker Presentations

The speaker presentations from the CPDA 2018 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference may be accessed by clicking the links below.

“Drift Reduction Technologies,” Dr. Andrew Hewitt, The University of Queensland

“XtendiMax Update,” Dr. Ryan J. Rector,  Monsanto Company

“Advancements in Tank Cleaning Technology,” John Hemminghaus, Monsanto Company

“Inerts and Adjuvants for the Organic Market,” Jesse Brown, OMRI

“Biostimulant Market Overview,” Jon Leman, Italpollina USA, Inc.

“Resistance Management for Enlist and Xtend Crop Systems,” Dr. Bryan Young, Purdue University

“Auxin Herbicides and Weed Resistance Management,” Dr. Reid J. Smeda, University of Missouri

“Dicamba:  Where it happened? How it happened? Why it happened?” Dr. Richard Zollinger, NDSU

“Rhizosphere Engineering – An innovative approach of modifying soil biophysical properties to influence plant-microbiome-soil interactions,” Dr. Stan Kostka, Penn State

“California Proposition 65,” Renee Pinel, Western Plant Health Association

“Navigating through the Multi National Mega-Mergers,” Dr. Matthew Phillips

 

CPDA thanks all those who attended the 2018 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference!

 

CPDA Adjuvants & Inerts Conference to Feature Key Experts on Major Topics in Agrotechnology

The CPDA Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference – Agrotechnology Challenges in Today’s Ever-Changing Market – will provide attendees unique opportunities to hear from experts from around the nation about trends and developments shaping the current state of the agrotechnology industry. The program features presentations and panel discussions on a range of key topics, including how changes to the California’s Proposition 65 labeling requirements, which go into effect August 30, 2018, could affect many pesticide and adjuvant labels. Inert products used in adjuvant or pesticide formulations could be also be subject to the label changes.

In March, as part of the Council’s Regulatory Conference, CPDA members met with officials at the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs to discuss, among other issues, how the Agency was preparing to handle potential changes that could affect pesticide labels and seek guidance for the regulated community on how to comply with dual requirements of federal and state regulators. At the 2018 conference, Dr. Renee Pinel, President of the Western Plant Health Association, will continue to highlight this important issue and provide conference attendees an understanding of what needs to be done to meet the new requirements for a proper Proposition 65 label warning.

Other key topics to be featured at this year’s conference include:

  • “Biostimulant” Regulations in the United States and Canada
  • Drift Reduction Technology
  • Auxin Herbicides and Weed Resistance Management
  • Rhizosphere Engineering – Innovative Approach to Influence Soil Health
  • The Organic Materials Review Institute Program
  • Advancements in Tank Cleaning Technology

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Matthew Phillips, a well-known authority on the agricultural chemicals industry, whose address will discuss how companies are navigating and re-positioning themselves to remain competitive amid the many multi-national corporate mergers and consolidations taking place today. The full conference program can be viewed here.

CPDA will host two conference receptions on the evenings of May 1st and 2nd, as well as a CPDA-PAC sponsored golf tournament on May 1st at Canyon Springs Golf Club, located just 20 minutes from the San Antonio River Walk. For more information about the golf, please contact CPDA Director of Legislative Affairs, Don Davis at  ddavis@cpda.com  or (202) 386-7407. CPDA will not have a Sporting Clay Shooting networking option for May 1st, due to the unavailability of multiple locations.

The 2018 A&I Conference is made possible through the generous sponsorships of companies including:

Huntsman Performance Products, Helena Agri-Enterprises, Stepan Company, Chemorse, Oxiteno USA, LLC, Oleon, Precision Laboratories, LLC, AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, KALO Inc, Croda Inc, Evonik Corporation, Dow Crop Defense, Clariant Corporation, Exacto Inc, Albaugh Inc., and Brandt Incorporated.

For information and further details about the conference program and sponsorship opportunities, please contact CPDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Sylvia Palmer at spalmer@cpda.com or (202) 386-7407.  You may also visit the conference registration page here.

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

House Version of Farm Bill Includes PRIA and NPDES Provisions

On April 12, 2018, Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, introduced H.R. 2, the “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018,” also known as the Farm Bill.  As written, H.R. 2 contains two provisions strongly supported by CPDA – namely, it would enact into law H.R. 1029, the “Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act” which provides a long-term reauthorization of PRIA along with an increase in maintenance fees, an adjustment in registration service fees as well as product category/review times, and eliminates the existing constraint on spending maintenance fees without matching appropriation dollars as contained in current PRIA.  H.R. 2 also includes language that would amend FIFRA and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (the Clean Water Act) to prohibit EPA or a state from requiring an additional permit under the Clean Water Act for a discharge of a pesticide from a point source into navigable waters of the United States.  This provision in the Farm Bill to eliminate the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for FIFRA registered pesticides is similar to language in H.R. 953, the “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act.”

CPDA has been a strong proponent of both H.R. 1029 and H.R. 953 and has engaged in extensive lobbying efforts in building a broad base of support for each of these legislative initiatives in the 115th Congress.  CPDA will continue its efforts in seeking enactment of these provisions as part of the next Farm Bill and will keep its members informed of further developments as they occur.  Should you have any questions, please contact CPDA Director of Legislative Affairs Don Davis at ddavis@cpda.com or call CPDA’s office at (202) 386-7407.

The following is a brief recap of activity surrounding H.R. 1029 and H.R. 953.

PRIA Reauthorization (H.R. 1029)

As reported previously, H.R. 1029 (“PRIA 4”) was passed by the House on March 20, 2017 under a suspension of the rules and would extend EPA’s ability to collect maintenance fees through 2023 at $31 million/year (current maintenance fees are set at $27.8 million/year).  The bill would also allow EPA to average across years to correct for over or under collection of maintenance fees.  In addition, the measure provides for an increase in the maintenance fee cap for large and small businesses and it continues the current prohibition on the imposition of tolerance fees as well as any other registration fee not specifically authorized by PRIA through fiscal year 2023.

In its other provisions, PRIA 4 provides for a set-aside of between 1/9 and 1/8 of maintenance fees collected for the review of inert ingredient submissions and me-too pesticide applications.  The measure also adjusts registration service fees and decision review times for product submissions subject to PRIA and provides for two 5% increases in registration service fees during the effective period of the statute.  Finally, H.R. 1029 would remove the existing prohibition in PRIA which bars EPA from spending maintenance fees without a matching appropriation thus allowing the Agency better access to carryover maintenance fee funds that have built up partially due to this restriction.  The removal of this limitation would free up additional resources to be spent on such activities as the Agency’s obligation under registration review to complete decisions on 725 chemical cases by October 1, 2022.

Elimination of NPDES Permitting Requirements (H.R. 953)

H.R. 953, the “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act,” would amend FIFRA and the Clean Water Act to eliminate the requirement to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the application of FIFRA registered pesticides in, over, or near waters of the United States.  The measure, which passed the House on May 24, 2017 by a vote of 256-165 under a suspension of the rules, would overturn a 2009 U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in National Cotton Council v. EPA which required the Agency to establish a federal permitting system for the application of pesticides on, over or near navigable waters subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  The bill also clarifies Congressional intent that NPDES permits are not required for lawful pesticide applications and shields pesticide users from litigation arising from the use of registered but unpermitted pesticides.  The legislation adopted by the House was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works where it awaits further action as S. 340.  CPDA has been a strong advocate of this measure and has written numerous letters to members of Congress and participated in a series of lobbying visits in seeking to advance this measure through the legislative process.

PRIA 3 Extension Included in Omnibus Spending Bill Signed Into Law

On March 23, 2018, the President signed into law the omnibus spending bill that provides funding for government operations through the remainder of the 2018 federal fiscal year ending September 30th.  CPDA is pleased to report that included in the omnibus spending measure is an extension of current PRIA (PRIA 3) through September 30th of this year.  The legislation funds EPA’s pesticide program at current levels and includes an additional $6.96 million increase for product review activities associated with PRIA.

 

As reported previously, PRIA has been extended in a series of stop-gap funding measures or Continuing Resolutions (CR) since September 30th of last year. While the measure enacted as part of the omnibus spending bill extends PRIA 3 through September 30, 2018, reauthorizing legislation still needs to be enacted to ensure the continuation of the statute beyond that date.  Importantly, PRIA 4 as a legislative proposal could still be considered by Congress and passed into law. The main issues CPDA is concerned with regarding the current status of PRIA are as follows:

 

Funding:  The industry would like to see the modification of funding mechanisms that allow fees to be “sequestered” when they do not equal federal appropriations.  CPDA’s position, in line with other stakeholders and EPA leadership, is that this system should be changed so that when fees are collected they can be used to process applications. This should help in addressing any delays or backlogs. This change is included in PRIA 4.

 

Reauthorization period: While the House version of PRIA 4 extends the program for 7 years, the Senate changed the reauthorization to 3 years. CPDA’s position, in line with other stakeholders and EPA leadership, is that it would be better to have the extended reauthorization period but not at the cost of the legislation failing to pass. CPDA will continue to work with stakeholders and the Agency in developing an acceptable resolution of this issue.

 

During the weeks leading up to passage and enactment of the omnibus spending measure, CPDA made a series of House and Senate office visits in seeking Congressional support for inclusion of PRIA as part of the funding package.  CPDA also asked its member companies to supplement these lobbying activities by writing to their Senators and Representatives urging support for PRIA as part of the next budget bill.  To all those CPDA member companies who participated in this grass roots effort, we would like to convey our thanks.  The calls and letters of our member companies to their senators and representatives helped CPDA’s advocacy efforts on PRIA.

 

Nevertheless, much work remains to be done.  In the months ahead, CPDA will dedicate its efforts in securing the enactment of legislation to reauthorize PRIA beyond September 30th.  To this end, CPDA continues to work closely with other members of the PRIA Coalition in building consensus and Congressional support for this critical legislation.

 

CPDA will keep its members informed of further developments as they occur.  In the interim, should you have any questions, please contact CPDA Director of Legislative Affairs Don Davis.

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Final Biological Opinion Addressing ESA Effects of Chlorpyrifos, Malathion and Diazinon

In the March 23, 2018 Federal Register, EPA announced that it is seeking public comment on the final Biological Opinion issued pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the potential effects of chlorpyrifos, malathion and diazinon on listed species and their critical habitats.  Comments are due by May 22, 2018 and may be submitted via www.regulations.gov identified by docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2018-0141.

 

Under Section 7(a)(2) of the ESA, if EPA determines that a pesticide is likely to adversely affect a listed species or its designated critical habitat, the Agency must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively known as the “Services”).  Following consultation, the Service(s) prepares a Biological Opinion (BiOp) on whether the registration action will jeopardize or adversely affect a listed species or habitat and, if so, may include reasonable and prudent alternatives and/or reasonable and prudent measures to avoid or minimize such impacts.

 

Background

 

On December 29, 2017, in response to a deadline issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in the case of Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, et. al. v. NMFS, the National Marine Fisheries Service transmitted its final BiOp to EPA which addresses the potential effects of chlorpyrifos, malathion and diazinon on 77 listed species and 50 designated critical habitats as part of registration review.

 

In its Opinion, NMFS concluded that EPA’s proposed registration of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos is likely to jeopardize the continued existence of 38 of the 77 listed species, and adversely modify 37 of the 50 designated critical habitats.  Likewise, for diazinon, NMFS found jeopardy for 25 of the 77 listed species and adverse modification of 18 of the 50 designated critical habitats. NMFS also determined that registration of pesticides containing malathion is likely to jeopardize 38 of the 77 listed species and adversely modify 37 of the 50 designated critical habitats.  NMFS set forth a series of Recommended Prudent Alternatives (RPAs) which, according to the Service, were drafted using “the best available information on current agricultural practices and pesticide reduction strategies to reduce pesticide exposure to aquatic species and their habitats.”  The RPAs include a list of chemical alternatives as well as specific measures to reduce loading of pesticide chemicals into aquatic habitats.

 

However, EPA contends that the court’s failure to extend the deadline for issuance of the Opinion did not allow for appropriate public input and is “at odds” with an interim approach developed by the Agency in 2013, with the support of the Services and USDA, for assessing the potential ESA effects of pesticides.  According to EPA, this interim approach is intended to establish an “open and transparent process” for ESA consultations.  The Agency emphasizes that “stakeholder input is critical to the development and evaluation of any measures EPA may implement to address risks to listed species and designated critical habitat.”  As such, EPA is seeking public comment and stakeholder input before making a decision on whether to reinitiate consultation with NMFS or move forward with implementing the measures contained in the Opinion.  The Biological Opinion appears in the public docket established by EPA which may be accessed by clicking here.  Should you have any questions, please contact CPDA’s offices.

EPA Publishes Final PR Notice 2018-1 on Determination of Minor Use Under FIFRA

On March 22, 2018. EPA published on its web site PR Notice 2018-1, titled “Determination of Minor Use under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Section 2(II),” which provides guidance to registrants as to how the Agency determines a “minor use” as applicable to the registration of a pesticide.  Specifically, PR Notice 2018-1 describes the Agency’s revised approach in evaluating “sufficient economic incentive” under FIFRA when determining the eligibility of a pesticide use for classification as a minor use.  Under FIFRA Section 2(II), a minor use is defined as either:  1) the use of a pesticide on a crop for which the total acreage in the United States is less than 300,000 acres; or, 2) the use does not provide sufficient economic incentive to support the initial or continued registration of a pesticide.  These provisions in FIFRA are intended to encourage the continuation of minor use registration of pesticides that might otherwise be discontinued for economic reasons alone.  Under FIFRA, registrants of minor uses may receive a new or extended exclusive use period for data submitted in support of a minor use registration thereby providing the company an economic incentive to pursue new or existing minor use registrations and ensuring the availability of products used on low-acreage crops and other small-volume uses.

 

To date, EPA has relied on the guidance contained in PR Notice 97-2 in its interpretation of what constitutes an economic minor use – namely, the standard adopted in PR Notice 97-2 holds that a use is minor under FIFRA section 2(II) if gross revenues at full market potential do not cover the costs of registration including data generation, registration fees, and the cost of paperwork burden associated with the registration process.  EPA, however, believes that the standard in PR Notice 97-2 does not consider all relevant factors for determining whether there is insufficient economic incentive to pursue a new minor use registration or continue to support an existing minor use registration.

 

EPA bases its revised methodology as set forth in PR Notice 2018-1 on the concept of the registration of a pesticide as being an investment.  In so doing, EPA will consider:

 

  • The difference in time between incurring costs of generating data for registration and obtaining revenue from product sales,
  • The multiple years over which revenue is generated, and
  • The costs of producing and distributing the product.

 

The Agency states that evaluating registration costs as an investment results in several measures by which EPA can assess whether there are sufficient incentives for the registration of a pesticide use and that each of these measures “provides insight into the magnitude of the incentive to register or maintain the registration of a pesticide.”

 

In its other provisions, PR Notice 2018-1 clarifies that minor use under FIFRA is based on acreage reported in the USDA Census of Agriculture.

 

A draft of PR Notice 2018-1 was published for public comment on June 6, 2016.  Public comments received by the Agency and EPA’s response document may be accessed at www.regulations.gov (Docket identification number EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0813).

Register for the CPDA Adjuvants & Inerts Conference!

Registration for the CPDA Adjuvants & Inerts Conference, to be held May 1-3, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, is now open!  The conference provides a forum for education and information exchange on the latest developments shaping the agrotechnology industry.  This event also provides important networking opportunities for catching up with established business contacts and making new ones. The Adjuvants & Inerts Conference continues to be CPDA’s flagship event of the year drawing a diverse audience of manufacturers, formulators, distributors, importers, suppliers and users of adjuvant and inert ingredient products as well as registered end use products.  Over the years, the CPDA Adjuvants & Inerts Conference has built its reputation as a conference developed by industry for industry.

 

The theme of this year’s conference is “Agrotechnology Challenges in Today’s Ever-Changing Market” and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Matthew Phillips.  His address will focus on the ways companies are navigating and repositioning themselves to remain competitive amid the many multi-national corporate mergers and consolidations taking place across the agrotechnology industry.  The conference program will also include panel discussions and presentations on an array of key topics of pivotal importance to your company and others in the agrotechnology industry.  We hope to see you in San Antonio this May!  For more information and to register, please click here.

CPDA 2018 Regulatory Conference Speaker Presentations Now Available

Speaker presentations from the very productive 2018 CPDA Regulatory Conference, held on Tuesday, March 13th in Arlington, Virginia, are now accessible on CPDA’s web site.  The program featured an array of speakers who addressed key topics such as market forces and economic factors shaping trends in corporate mergers within the agricultural chemicals industry, an update on priority activities underway within EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) including the Agency’s inert ingredient assessment branch, an overview of FIFRA related developments with a special focus on the status of the reauthorization of PRIA, efforts to synchronize the consultation process under the Endangered Species Act, and related topics impacting the agrotechnology industry, the status of OSHA’s plans to revise its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to better align it with the latest iteration of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), and the implications of new product labeling requirements that will take effect at the end of August 2018 under California’s Proposition 65 ballot initiative.  The CPDA Regulatory Conference concluded with a meeting at the headquarters of the Office of Pesticide Programs where attendees had the opportunity to engage with EPA personnel on important regulatory issues of importance to Council members and the industry.

 

The CPDA Regulatory Conference speaker presentations may be accessed by clicking the links below.

 

“Impact of Mergers in Agricultural Chemical Markets,” James MacDonald, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

“2018 FIFRA Regulatory Outlook,” Sheryl Lindros Dolan, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

 

“Overview of OPP Priorities and Issues,” Michael Goodis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

“Pesticide Inert Ingredient Activities,” P.V. Shah, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

“Impact of Upcoming Changes to California Proposition 65,” Dave Lawson, Western Plant Health Association

 

“Hazard Communication Standard and GHS Update,” Maureen Ruskin, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Representative Rodney Davis Writes to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Expressing Concerns About a Possible Lapse in PRIA

Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research of the House Committee on Agriculture, released a letter he sent to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on February 22, 2018 expressing his concerns about the potential of a lapse in PRIA.  In his letter, Chairman Davis wrote, “PRIA ensures that companies regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) can confidently invest in the research and development of new products because they know that there is a prescribed timeline in which the EPA must review registrations.  To support PRIA’s prescribed timeline, companies pay fees to provide a predictable level of funding which augments the EPA’s annual appropriations.”
Chairman Davis’ letter was prompted by the looming March 23rd deadline by which Congress must either pass legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of the FY 2018 fiscal year ending September 30th or adopt yet another stop-gap spending measure to avert a government shutdown.  As reported previously, since October 1, 2017 the federal government has been operating under a series of short-term Continuing Resolutions which have temporarily extended EPA’s authority to collect the full level of registration service fees under PRIA which expired at the end of last September.  If Congress fails to extend EPA’s fee collection authority as part of the next funding measure, fees would continue at a reduced rate over a two-year phase-out period established under PRIA before terminating altogether in FY 2020.  However, while fees would be collected during this phase-out period, PRIA timelines for product review would no longer be in effect.
In his letter to Administrator Pruitt, Chairman Davis asked for an analysis of the impact of both a possible lapse in PRIA and the continuation of current law focusing on such activities as staffing levels of EPA’s pesticide program, the collection of product registration service fees and maintenance fees, the Agency’s ability to adhere to timelines for registration and registration review, and other areas directly affected by PRIA.
As a member of the Pesticide Policy Coalition (PPC), CPDA is working closely with Chairman Davis and other members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees in an effort to secure a permanent, long-term reauthorization of PRIA.  CPDA applauds Chairman Davis for recognizing the importance of PRIA and for his leadership as he works to secure the continuation of the statute.  CPDA will keep its members apprized of further developments on PRIA and the federal budget process as they occur.  To read a copy of Chairman Davis’ letter, please click here.