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Pesticide News Story: NAFTA TWG on Pesticides Releases Five-Year Strategy for Public Comment

For Release: July 24, 2008

The proposed Five-Year Strategy of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Technical Working Group (TWG) on Pesticides is now available for public comment. This document presents the NAFTA TWG's proposed strategic framework for the next five years, outlining the objectives of the TWG, specific work areas that it will focus on to meet those objectives, and indicators to measure its success. Overarching strategic objectives that guide the TWG work include:

  1. Providing the United States , Canada, and Mexico with equal access to and same - time introduction of pest management tools.
  2. Working cooperatively to reevaluate older pesticides using each country's reevaluation programs to the fullest to increase efficiency.
  3. Integrating smart business approaches and practices into NAFTA TWG work.

The comment period for this document will last for 30 days, beginning on July 23, 2008, and closing on August 21, 2008. The NAFTA TWG on Pesticides Proposed Five-Year Strategy is available at http://www.regulations.gov under docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0522. The U.S. Federal Register notice announcing the comment period is available on the Web site.

The NAFTA TWG on Pesticides, comprising of representatives from the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments, was established in 1997 to address trade issues, national regulatory and scientific capacity, and governmental review burden and to coordinate regulatory decision-making and industry burden reduction. For additional background on the NAFTA TWG, visit the Web site.

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