FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings, 15214-15216 [2019-07418]

Download as PDF 15214 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 72 / Monday, April 15, 2019 / Notices industry, and in assessing energy markets. FERC Form No. 6–Q, Quarterly Financial Report of Oil Pipeline Companies The Commission uses the information collected in FERC Form No. 6–Q to carry out its responsibilities in implementing the statutory provisions of the ICA to include the authority to prescribe rules and regulations concerning accounts, records, and memoranda, as necessary or appropriate. Financial accounting and reporting provides necessary information concerning a company’s past performance and its future prospects. Without reliable financial FERC Form Nos. 6 and 6–Q Estimates of Annual Burden 5 and Cost: 6 Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden hours & cost ($) per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 161 hrs.; $12,719 .................. 150 hrs.; $11,850 .................. 39,284 hrs.; $3,103,436 ........ 109,800 hrs.; $8,674,200 ...... 244 244 1 3 Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimates of the burden and cost of the collections of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collections; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collections of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: April 9, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–07421 Filed 4–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2019–0161; FRL–9991–80] FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES to help identify emerging trends and issues affecting jurisdictional entities within the energy industry. It also provides timely disclosures of the impacts that new accounting standards, or changes in existing standards, have on jurisdictional entities, as well as the economic effects of significant transactions, events, and circumstances. The reporting of this information by jurisdictional entities assists the Commission in its analysis of profitability, efficiency, risk, and in its overall monitoring. Number of respondents FERC Form No. 6 ................. FERC Form No. 6–Q ............. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AGENCY: 5 ‘‘Burden’’ is the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information collection VerDate Sep<11>2014 statements prepared in accordance with the Commission’s USofA and related regulations, it would be difficult for the Commission to accurately determine the costs that relate to a particular time period, service, or line of business. The Commission uses data from FERC Form No. 6–Q to assist in: (1) Implementation of its financial audits and programs; (2) continuous review of the financial condition of regulated companies; (3) assessment of energy markets; (4) rate proceedings and economic analyses; and (5) research for use in litigation. Financial information reported on the quarterly FERC Form No. 6–Q provides the Commission, as well as customers, investors and others, an important tool 17:16 Apr 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 ACTION: 244 732 Notice. $12,719 35,550 May 17, 2019. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the in-person meeting, but anyone submitting such comments and requests after May 17, 2019, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. and Unit I.D. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Special accommodations: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. There will be a 4-day, inperson public meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP), augmented with additional experts to provide independent scientific advice to the EPA on proposed guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Topically Applied Pesticides Used Against Certain Ectoparasitic Pests on Pets. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a public half-day preparatory virtual meeting to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review. DATES: Meeting: The 4-day in-person public meeting will be held June 11 to 14, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. (EDT). The date, time, and registration instructions for the preparatory virtual public meeting will be announced on the FIFRA SAP website (http://www.epa.gov/sap) by late-April. You may also subscribe to the following listserv for alerts when notices regarding this and other SAPrelated activities are published: https:// public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ USAEPAOPPT/subscriber/new?topic_ id=USAEPAOPPT_101. Comments: The Agency encourages written comments and requests for oral comments be submitted on or before In-Person Meeting: This public meeting will be held at the EPA Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202. This meeting may also be viewed via webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to access the webcasts. Please note that this webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting burden, refer to Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. 6 The FERC 2018 average salary plus benefits for one FERC full-time equivalent (FTE) is $164,820/ year (or $79.00/hour). Commission staff estimates that the industry’s skill set (wages and benefits) for completing and filing FERC Form Nos. 6 and 6–Q are comparable to the Commission’s skill set. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\15APN1.SGM 15APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 72 / Monday, April 15, 2019 / Notices outages, the in-person meeting will continue as planned. Webcast: The preparatory virtual meeting is open to the public and will be conducted via webcast using Adobe Connect and telephone. Registration is required to participate during the preparatory virtual meeting. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at https:// www.epa.gov/sap for additional information including how to register. Requests to present oral comments and requests for special accommodations. Submit such requests to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Comments. Submit your comments, identified as docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2019–0161, 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 that disclosure is restricted by statute. • Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/ DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460–0001. • 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. Dr. Suhair Shallal, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: 202– 564–2057; email address: shallal.suhair@epa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES A. Does this action apply to me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may be of interest to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Since other entities may also be interested in this guidance, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Apr 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA? 1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit CBI information to EPA through the website regulations.gov or by email. If your comments contain any information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instructions before submitting your comments. 2. Tips for preparing your comments. When preparing and submitting your comments, see Tips for Effective Comments at http://www.epa.gov/ dockets/comments.html. C. How may I participate in the inperson meeting? You may participate in the in-person meeting by following the instructions in this unit. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2019– 0161 in the subject line on the first page of your request. 1. Written comments. The Agency encourages written comments be submitted, using the instructions in ADDRESSES and Unit I.B., on or before May 17, 2019, to provide FIFRA SAP the time necessary to consider and review the written comments. Written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after May 17, 2019, should contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Anyone submitting written comments at the meeting should bring 30 copies for distribution to the FIFRA SAP by the DFO. 2. Oral comments. The Agency encourages each individual or group wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP during the in-person meeting to submit their request to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before May 17, 2019, in order to be included on the meeting agenda. Requests to present oral comments will be accepted until the date of the in-person meeting and, to the extent that time permits, the Chair of the FIFRA SAP may permit the presentation of oral comments at the in-person meeting by interested persons who have not previously requested time. The request should identify the name of the individual making the presentation, the organization (if any) the individual will represent, and any requirements for audiovisual equipment. Oral comments before the FIFRA SAP during the inperson meeting are limited to approximately 5 minutes unless arrangements have been made prior to May 17, 2019. In addition, each speaker PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15215 should bring 30 copies of his or her comments and presentation for distribution to the FIFRA SAP during the meeting by the DFO. 3. Seating at the meeting. Seating at the meeting will be open and on a firstcome basis. D. How may I participate in the preparatory virtual meeting? Registration for the preparatory virtual meeting is required. To participate by listening or making a comment during this meeting, please visit:https://www.epa.gov/sap to register. Registration online will be confirmed by email that will include the webcast meeting Adobe Connect link and audio teleconference information. 1. Written comments. Written comments for the preparatory virtual meeting should be submitted, using the instructions in ADDRESSES and Unit I.B., on or before May 17, 2019. 2. Oral comments. Registration is required to participate in the preparatory virtual meeting. Please visit the FIFRA SAP website at: https:// www.epa.gov/sap to register online. Each individual or group wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP during the preparatory virtual meeting should submit their request when registering online or with the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before noon May 17, 2019. Oral comments before the FIFRA SAP during the preparatory webcast are limited to approximately 5 minutes due to the time constraints of this webcast. 3. Webcast. The preparatory meeting will be webcast only. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at https:// www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to access the webcast. Registration is required. II. Background A. Purpose of the FIFRA SAP The FIFRA SAP serves as one of the primary scientific peer review mechanisms of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) and is structured to provide independent scientific advice, information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on human health and the environment. The FIFRA SAP is a federal advisory committee established in 1975 under FIFRA that operates in accordance with requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. Appendix). The FIFRA SAP is composed of a permanent panel consisting of seven members who are appointed by the EPA E:\FR\FM\15APN1.SGM 15APN1 15216 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 72 / Monday, April 15, 2019 / Notices amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Administrator from nominees provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). FIFRA established a Science Review Board (SRB) consisting of at least 60 scientists who are available to FIFRA SAP on an ad hoc basis to assist in reviews conducted by the FIFRA SAP. As a scientific peer review mechanism, the FIFRA SAP provides comments, evaluations, and recommendations to improve the effectiveness and quality of analyses made by Agency scientists. Members of FIFRA SAP are scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, including training and experience, to provide expert advice and recommendation to the Agency. B. Public Meeting EPA-registered pesticide products are an important part of pest management programs to control invertebrate pests of public health importance including fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and biting flies that can vector diseases to pets and humans. The Agency has multiple guidelines intended to assist in the development of appropriate protocols to test product efficacy. EPA Product Performance Test Guideline OPPTS 810.3300 Treatments to Control Pests of Humans and Pets published in March 1998. To increase clarity and consistency in efficacy testing and to include current scientific standards, the Agency is revising this product performance guideline. The proposed guideline applies to products in any topically applied formulation, such as a spray, spot-on, collar, shampoo, or dust, if intended to be directly applied to pets for a pesticidal purpose such as to kill, repel, or control ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and biting flies. This guideline does not apply to those products exempt from FIFRA Registration under 40 CFR 152.25, products applied to humans or livestock, or product performance testing described in other Agency guidelines. In addition to guidance for testing efficacy against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and biting flies, the proposed guideline also includes testing methods for evaluating efficacy under simulated environmental conditions. The Agency is seeking advice and recommendations from the SAP on scientific issues associated with the proposed revised EPA guideline. The Agency believes the current draft guideline represents the state of the science with regard to efficacy testing for these products. EPA is committed to reducing the use of animals in testing (https://www.regulations.gov/document ?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0093-0003). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Apr 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 However, at this time no reliable nonanimal alternatives are available to avoid the use of animals for efficacy testing of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and biting flies. As part of the SAP, EPA is soliciting comment from the panel on approaches that may, in the future, support the replacement or reduction of animal use in efficacy testing of ectoparasitic pests on pets. C. FIFRA SAP Documents and Meeting Minutes The EPA’s background paper, the supporting materials, and draft charge/ questions to the FIFRA SAP will be available by mid-April 2019. In addition, a list of candidates under consideration as prospective ad hoc panelists for this meeting will be available for a 15-day public comment period by early to mid-April 2019. The Agency will provide additional background documents (e.g., the meeting agenda) as the materials become available. You may obtain electronic copies of these documents, and certain other related documents that might be available, at http:// www.regulations.gov in docket EPA– HQ–OPP–2019–0161 and on the FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/ sap. The FIFRA SAP will prepare meeting minutes summarizing its recommendations to the Agency approximately 90 days after the meeting. The meeting minutes will be posted on the FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/sap or may be obtained from the OPP Docket at http:// www.regulations.gov. Authority: 5 U.S.C Appendix 2 et seq.; 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.; 21 U.S.C. 301 et seq. Dated: April 9, 2019. Hayley Hughes, Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–07418 Filed 4–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OW–2019–0143; FRL–9992–28– OW] Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Treatment of Indian Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Treatment of Indian Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No. 2553.03 OMB Control No. 2040–0290), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through December 31, 2019. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 14, 2019. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2019–0143; FRL–9992–28–OW, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method) or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Peterson, Watershed Assessment, Restoration, and Protection Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (4503T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566–1304; fax number: (202) 566–1331; email address: peterson.carol@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents that explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202–566–1744. For additional information about EPA’s public docket visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets. Pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act, EPA is soliciting comments and information to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15APN1.SGM 15APN1

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[EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0161; FRL-9991-80]


FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day, in-person public meeting of the Federal 
Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory 
Panel (SAP), augmented with additional experts to provide independent 
scientific advice to the EPA on proposed guidelines for Efficacy 
Testing of Topically Applied Pesticides Used Against Certain 
Ectoparasitic Pests on Pets. Preceding the in-person meeting, there 
will be a public half-day preparatory virtual meeting to consider the 
scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review.

DATES: 
    Meeting: The 4-day in-person public meeting will be held June 11 to 
14, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. (EDT). The date, 
time, and registration instructions for the preparatory virtual public 
meeting will be announced on the FIFRA SAP website (http://www.epa.gov/sap) by late-April. You may also subscribe to the following listserv 
for alerts when notices regarding this and other SAP-related activities 
are published: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USAEPAOPPT/subscriber/new?topic_id=USAEPAOPPT_101.
    Comments: The Agency encourages written comments and requests for 
oral comments be submitted on or before May 17, 2019. However, written 
comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the 
date of the in-person meeting, but anyone submitting such comments and 
requests after May 17, 2019, should contact the Designated Federal 
Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For 
additional instructions, see Unit I.C. and Unit I.D. of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Special accommodations: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time 
as possible to process your request.

ADDRESSES: 
    In-Person Meeting: This public meeting will be held at the EPA 
Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S 
Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202. This meeting may also be viewed via 
webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to access the webcasts. Please note that 
this webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for 
convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting

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outages, the in-person meeting will continue as planned.
    Webcast: The preparatory virtual meeting is open to the public and 
will be conducted via webcast using Adobe Connect and telephone. 
Registration is required to participate during the preparatory virtual 
meeting. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/sap for additional information including how to register.
    Requests to present oral comments and requests for special 
accommodations. Submit such requests to the DFO listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Comments. Submit your comments, identified as docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0161, 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 that disclosure is restricted by 
statute.
     Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket 
Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 
20460-0001.
     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: Dr. Suhair Shallal, DFO, Office of 
Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone 
number: 202-564-2057; email address: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may 
be of interest to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing 
of chemical substances regulated under the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Since other entities may also 
be interested in this guidance, the Agency has not attempted to 
describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action.

B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA?

    1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit CBI information to EPA through the 
website regulations.gov or by email. If your comments contain any 
information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please 
contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain 
special instructions before submitting your comments.
    2. Tips for preparing your comments. When preparing and submitting 
your comments, see Tips for Effective Comments at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html.

C. How may I participate in the in-person meeting?

    You may participate in the in-person meeting by following the 
instructions in this unit. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is 
imperative that you identify docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0161 in 
the subject line on the first page of your request.
    1. Written comments. The Agency encourages written comments be 
submitted, using the instructions in ADDRESSES and Unit I.B., on or 
before May 17, 2019, to provide FIFRA SAP the time necessary to 
consider and review the written comments. Written comments are accepted 
until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments 
after May 17, 2019, should contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT. Anyone submitting written comments at the meeting 
should bring 30 copies for distribution to the FIFRA SAP by the DFO.
    2. Oral comments. The Agency encourages each individual or group 
wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP during the in-
person meeting to submit their request to the DFO listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before May 17, 2019, in order to be 
included on the meeting agenda. Requests to present oral comments will 
be accepted until the date of the in-person meeting and, to the extent 
that time permits, the Chair of the FIFRA SAP may permit the 
presentation of oral comments at the in-person meeting by interested 
persons who have not previously requested time. The request should 
identify the name of the individual making the presentation, the 
organization (if any) the individual will represent, and any 
requirements for audiovisual equipment. Oral comments before the FIFRA 
SAP during the in-person meeting are limited to approximately 5 minutes 
unless arrangements have been made prior to May 17, 2019. In addition, 
each speaker should bring 30 copies of his or her comments and 
presentation for distribution to the FIFRA SAP during the meeting by 
the DFO.
    3. Seating at the meeting. Seating at the meeting will be open and 
on a first-come basis.

D. How may I participate in the preparatory virtual meeting?

    Registration for the preparatory virtual meeting is required. To 
participate by listening or making a comment during this meeting, 
please visit:https://www.epa.gov/sap to register. Registration online 
will be confirmed by email that will include the webcast meeting Adobe 
Connect link and audio teleconference information.
    1. Written comments. Written comments for the preparatory virtual 
meeting should be submitted, using the instructions in ADDRESSES and 
Unit I.B., on or before May 17, 2019.
    2. Oral comments. Registration is required to participate in the 
preparatory virtual meeting. Please visit the FIFRA SAP website at: 
https://www.epa.gov/sap to register online. Each individual or group 
wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP during the 
preparatory virtual meeting should submit their request when 
registering online or with the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT on or before noon May 17, 2019. Oral comments before the FIFRA 
SAP during the preparatory webcast are limited to approximately 5 
minutes due to the time constraints of this webcast.
    3. Webcast. The preparatory meeting will be webcast only. Please 
refer to the FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/sap for 
information on how to access the webcast. Registration is required.

II. Background

A. Purpose of the FIFRA SAP

    The FIFRA SAP serves as one of the primary scientific peer review 
mechanisms of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention 
(OCSPP) and is structured to provide independent scientific advice, 
information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides 
and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on 
human health and the environment. The FIFRA SAP is a federal advisory 
committee established in 1975 under FIFRA that operates in accordance 
with requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. 
Appendix). The FIFRA SAP is composed of a permanent panel consisting of 
seven members who are appointed by the EPA

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Administrator from nominees provided by the National Institutes of 
Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). FIFRA 
established a Science Review Board (SRB) consisting of at least 60 
scientists who are available to FIFRA SAP on an ad hoc basis to assist 
in reviews conducted by the FIFRA SAP. As a scientific peer review 
mechanism, the FIFRA SAP provides comments, evaluations, and 
recommendations to improve the effectiveness and quality of analyses 
made by Agency scientists. Members of FIFRA SAP are scientists who have 
sufficient professional qualifications, including training and 
experience, to provide expert advice and recommendation to the Agency.

B. Public Meeting

    EPA-registered pesticide products are an important part of pest 
management programs to control invertebrate pests of public health 
importance including fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and biting flies that 
can vector diseases to pets and humans. The Agency has multiple 
guidelines intended to assist in the development of appropriate 
protocols to test product efficacy. EPA Product Performance Test 
Guideline OPPTS 810.3300 Treatments to Control Pests of Humans and Pets 
published in March 1998. To increase clarity and consistency in 
efficacy testing and to include current scientific standards, the 
Agency is revising this product performance guideline.
    The proposed guideline applies to products in any topically applied 
formulation, such as a spray, spot-on, collar, shampoo, or dust, if 
intended to be directly applied to pets for a pesticidal purpose such 
as to kill, repel, or control ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and biting 
flies. This guideline does not apply to those products exempt from 
FIFRA Registration under 40 CFR 152.25, products applied to humans or 
livestock, or product performance testing described in other Agency 
guidelines. In addition to guidance for testing efficacy against fleas, 
ticks, mosquitoes, and biting flies, the proposed guideline also 
includes testing methods for evaluating efficacy under simulated 
environmental conditions. The Agency is seeking advice and 
recommendations from the SAP on scientific issues associated with the 
proposed revised EPA guideline. The Agency believes the current draft 
guideline represents the state of the science with regard to efficacy 
testing for these products. EPA is committed to reducing the use of 
animals in testing (https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0093-0003). However, at this time no reliable non-animal 
alternatives are available to avoid the use of animals for efficacy 
testing of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and biting flies. As part of the 
SAP, EPA is soliciting comment from the panel on approaches that may, 
in the future, support the replacement or reduction of animal use in 
efficacy testing of ectoparasitic pests on pets.

C. FIFRA SAP Documents and Meeting Minutes

    The EPA's background paper, the supporting materials, and draft 
charge/questions to the FIFRA SAP will be available by mid-April 2019. 
In addition, a list of candidates under consideration as prospective ad 
hoc panelists for this meeting will be available for a 15-day public 
comment period by early to mid-April 2019. The Agency will provide 
additional background documents (e.g., the meeting agenda) as the 
materials become available. You may obtain electronic copies of these 
documents, and certain other related documents that might be available, 
at http://www.regulations.gov in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0161 and on the 
FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/sap.
    The FIFRA SAP will prepare meeting minutes summarizing its 
recommendations to the Agency approximately 90 days after the meeting. 
The meeting minutes will be posted on the FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/sap or may be obtained from the OPP Docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Authority:  5 U.S.C Appendix 2 et seq.; 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.; 21 
U.S.C. 301 et seq.

    Dated: April 9, 2019.
Hayley Hughes,
Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy.
[FR Doc. 2019-07418 Filed 4-12-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6560-50-P