New regulations that would require pesticide makers to begin submitting more data to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on how their products affect pollinators are set to be proposed before President Barack Obama leaves office.
Under current regulations EPA may request pollinator data on an as-needed basis if there is concern a pesticide may harm the crucial insects. The new regulation would specify what types of data companies would need to submit for certain types of chemicals.
EPA plans to formally propose the rule in January, according to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) May 18 regulatory agenda update.
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is also developing a guidance document for pesticide makers which outlines the protocols to follow when conducting pollinator risk studies for their products, according to remarks by Anita Pease, a division director at a May 18 pesticide stakeholder meeting.
Other planned EPA regulatory actions on pesticides include relaxing requirements for publishing pesticide actions in the Federal Register, expected to be proposed Aug. 2016, and small changes to pesticide incident reporting requirements, set to be finalized Oct. 2016.