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From: Joseph Makuch, INTERNET:email@example.com
To: Patricia Dines, 73652,1202
Date: Mon, Mar 3, 1997, 11:15 AM
Subject: RESISTANCE MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR PLANT PESTICIDES (fwd)
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Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 11:51:41 -0500
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1997
EPA ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETING TO SOLICIT COMMENTS ON
RESISTANCE MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR PLANT-PESTICIDES
EPA will hold a public meeting at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
on March 21, to obtain comments on the management of resistance for
plant-pesticides, particularly plant-pesticides with the insecticidal
proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).
The Agency recognizes the value of Bt as a safer pesticide and has
that it is necessary to conserve this resource by requiring resistance
management plans. To date, EPA has registered three plant-pesticides:
Bt corn, Bt cotton and Bt potato. The plant-pesticides produce the
pesticidal active ingredient throughout the growing season, which
increases the possibility of pest resistance, both to the target pests
as well as other susceptible insects. The specific issues EPA is
seeking comment include the necessity for resistance management plans,
the critical elements of such plans and the requirements for
A second public meeting on plant-pesticides resistance management will
be held this spring in Texas. The place and date have not yet been
determined. The Washington, D.C. meeting will be held in the EPA
auditorium at 40l M St., S.W., on March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Persons who wish to make a presentation are urged to register in advance
by submitting a brief written request and abstract before March l4 to:
Public Response and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division
(7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. EPA, 40l M St., S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20460.
All correspondence concerning this issue should be identified with
EPA's docket control number OPP-004700. Interested parties who cannot
attend the meeting may submit written comments to the address above.
Comments and data may also be submitted electronically (e-mail): epa-
firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be received by March 21.
Further details on the meeting can be found in the Feb. 24 issue of
the Federal Register (http://www.epa.gov).
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