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PA EPA’S OFFICE OF PREVENTION, PESTICIDES AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES HIGHLIGHTS KEY PROGRAM ACTIVITIES IN ANNUAL REPORTS FOR 1997
Release Date: 03/20/98
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 1998
EPA’S OFFICE OF PREVENTION, PESTICIDES AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES HIGHLIGHTS KEY PROGRAM ACTIVITIES IN ANNUAL REPORTS FOR 1997
EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) has recently published two new annual reports highlighting the initiatives and accomplishments achieved during 1997 by its two key program offices, the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). The 1997 annual report for OPPT discusses progress towards the four major objectives of its mission: preventing pollution, promoting the use of safer chemicals and risk reduction measures, and improving the public’s understanding of risks. The OPP Annual Report outlines several significant actions taken to implement the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). For example, during 1997, OPP published a 10-year schedule to reassess 9,700 tolerances (maximum residue limits) for pesticides used on food crops, and has drafted plans to apply aggregate and cumulative risks in its tolerance reassessment process, as required by the FQPA. The OPP report also discusses the expansion of its Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program and other efforts to increase its support for strategies that reduce pesticide risks on farms, in homes and schools -- another key goal under FQPA. Both the OPP and OPPT 1997 Annual Reports will be available on EPA’s Home Page at: https://www.epa.gov/oppt, or https://www.epa.gov/opp. The public and other parties can obtain hardcopies of the 1997 OPP Annual Report by calling the Office of Pesticide Programs Communications Services Branch at 703-305-5017; copies of the 1997 OPPT Annual Report can be requested by calling the TSCA Information Service at (202) 554-1404.