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ACS Fall National Meeting: AGRO Division – August 21-25, 2022

ACS Fall National Meeting: AGRO Division - August 21-25, 2022

Come join Compliance Services International (CSI) staff technical and regulatory consultants at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall National Meeting, August 21-25, 2022 in Chicago, IL.

Under the theme of Sustainability in a Changing World, our staff of Bernalyn McGaughey, Larry Brewer, Ashlea Frank, Leah Duzy, and Annie Krueger will be presenting and available throughout the meeting to meet with you to answer any questions you have regarding our regulatory and technical consultancy services pertaining to Federal and State pesticide registration support, including sustainable agriculture and protecting public health and the environment through chemistry. To contact our staff prior to the meeting, please click the contact us button below to send an email, otherwise contact them directly while attending the meeting.

Presenting Staff

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Bernalyn McGaughey

President / CEO

Washington State

SYMPOSIUM CO-ORGANIZER: Upfront Mitigation: What that Means in the FIFRA/ESA Consultation Process

DIVISION: AGRO Division of Agrochemicals

SESSION FORMAT: Oral – In-person & Hybrid

ROOM & LOCATION: McCormick Place Convention Center

SESSION DATE: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

SESSION TIME: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (CST)

With a career that began in regulatory and field support of agricultural chemicals, Bernalyn has a wealth of experience in US Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registration and strategic analysis and support of pesticide registrations. She moved from information technology to field technical sales and then to regulatory study development and management. Much of her work now involves the complicated intersection of the FIFRA and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with respect to product defense and species protection. Bernalyn serves as an expert witness in pesticide regulatory and data compensation matters. 

PRESENTING: Registrant perspective on the US Fish and Wildlife Consultation process for malation

DIVISION: AGRO Division of Agrochemicals

PRESENTATION FORMAT: Oral – In-person

ROOM & LOCATION: S503a, McCormick Place Convention Center

PRESENTATION DATE: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

PRESENTATION TIME: 2:05 pm – 2:30 pm (CST)

In 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed final materials supporting a Biological Evaluation for malathion, one of the first three pilot chemicals to undergo a national-level pesticide evaluation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Endangered Species Act. From 2017 to March of 2022, the US Fish and Wildlife Service worked through the consultation process for malathion, with the EPA, USDA, the applicant, FMC, and the American Mosquito Control Association. The result was a final Biological Opinion that included general conservation measures and species-specific mitigations that were determined to be sufficiently protective to avoid the likelihood of jeopardy for species or destruction/adverse modification for critical habitat from the use of malathion. The mitigations were agreed to by the applicant, FWS, and EPA. This presentation will provide a registrant’s perspective of the consultation process, discuss lessons learned, and pose areas for future process improvement opportunities.

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Ashlea Frank

Principal Consultant

Texas

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Leah Duzy

Principal Consultant

Alabama

PRESENTING: Using data for developing strategies: Mitigations, pesticides, and ESA

DIVISION: AGRO Division of Agrochemicals

PRESENTATION FORMAT: Oral –  Hybrid

ROOM & LOCATION: S501bc, McCormick Place Convention Center

PRESENTATION DATE: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

PRESENTATION TIME: 8:30 am – 8:55 am (CST)

In January 2022, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a policy that requires Endangered Species Act (ESA) evaluations to be completed for all new conventional active ingredient pesticide registrations. The intent of the policy is to ensure that pesticide registrations do not jeopardize the continued existence of species listed under the ESA. The policy outlines the incorporation of mitigation strategies earlier in the process to reduce the potential likelihood of pesticide exposure to ESA-listed species. While the policy includes general guidelines, where or when mitigations may be needed in the process has yet to be defined by policy. This presentation will discuss a data-focused approach to determining when and where mitigations may be needed based on labeled uses of the pesticide, extent of potential use, location of ESA-listed species, and species attributes. Examples will be provided using AMMPS, a tool to help guide discussions on mitigations and other measures for pesticides and ESA, and data sources used by EPA and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in prior Biological Evaluations and Opinions. As there are unknowns surrounding the implementation of the policy, the presentation will also include potential improvements for future data applications and strategies.

PRESENTING: Mitigation strategy tool: A guide for evaluating mitigation measures in FIFRA/ESA consultations

DIVISION: AGRO Division of Agrochemicals

PRESENTATION FORMAT: Oral – In-person

ROOM & LOCATION: S503a, McCormick Place Convention Center

PRESENTATION DATE: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

PRESENTATION TIME: 2:05 pm – 2:30 pm (CST)

In 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed final materials supporting a Biological Evaluation for malathion, one of the first three pilot chemicals to undergo a national-level pesticide evaluation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Endangered Species Act. From 2017 to March of 2022, the US Fish and Wildlife Service worked through the consultation process for malathion, with the EPA, USDA, the applicant, FMC, and the American Mosquito Control Association. The result was a final Biological Opinion that included general conservation measures and species-specific mitigations that were determined to be sufficiently protective to avoid the likelihood of jeopardy for species or destruction/adverse modification for critical habitat from the use of malathion. The mitigations were agreed to by the applicant, FWS, and EPA. This presentation will provide a registrant’s perspective of the consultation process, discuss lessons learned, and pose areas for future process improvement opportunities.

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Annie Krueger

Senior Consultant

New Mexico

Other Staff in Attendance

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Larry Brewer

Senior Science Fellow

Oregon

Larry has expertise in terrestrial ecotoxicology and specializes in wildlife, pollinator, and endangered species risk assessment; pesticide registration/re-registration support; and regulatory study placement and oversight.

Larry has over 35 years of experience spanning terrestrial ecotoxicology, laboratory ecotoxicology testing, ecological risk assessment and endangered species assessment. He is well known for designing and implementing full scale (Tier III) ecotoxicology field studies throughout North America with particular focus on avian, small mammal, and pollinator studies.

Compliance Services International (CSI) is an award-winning consultancy providing innovative solutions to meet regulatory and environmental challenges. Regulatory requirements, environmental challenges, and global markets are ever-changing. Our diverse staff of regulatory professionals and scientists in North America and Europe, along with associates around the world, continually adapt to develop strategic approaches to meet our clients’ needs.

CSI’s strength is in staying current on industry trends, and anticipating and applying new regulatory and scientific strategies. Our clients include multinational firms and small and medium-sized enterprises striving to introduce new and keep existing products in the global marketplace. While we keep pace with our ever-evolving regulatory and scientific environment, we strive to deliver outstanding service for each client and project.

CSI has an established reputation in providing registration support to the global marketplace and have successfully assisted firms with registrations in Canada, Latin America, Asia (China/Taiwan), Australasia, and other geographical markets.

Experienced Support For:

  • Global Regulatory Strategy
  • Registration Dossier Preparation & Submission
  • Ecotoxicology & Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Fate & Exposure Modeling
  • Study Design, Placement & Monitoring
  • Spatial Analysis & Data Systems
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Bernalyn McGaughey
President & Lead Consultant

With a career that began in regulatory and field support of agricultural chemicals, Bernalyn has a wealth of experience in US Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registration and strategic analysis and support of pesticide registrations. She moved from information technology to field technical sales and then to regulatory study development and management. Much of her work now involves the complicated intersection of the FIFRA and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with respect to product defense and species protection. Bernalyn serves as an expert witness in pesticide regulatory and data compensation matters.

EDUCATION
BS, Biology (specializing in Entomology), California State University.

Ashlea Frank
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Endangered Species

Ashlea offers technical and regulatory planning and strategic support for risk and conservation decision-making related to agriculture, pesticides, and endangered species issues.

Ashlea enjoys finding workable solutions that support end users and promote environmental stewardship by integrating sound science with management decisions.  Over the past 20 years she has acted as Visiting Scientist at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research conducting research on the efficacy of vector control products and Research Assistant at the Texas A&M Extension Agency helping growers find solutions to plant disease transmission in vineyards. She serves as Technical Consultant to the FIFRA Endangered Species Task Force (FESTF) providing endangered species and pesticide data analysis and agency interaction support for regulatory decisions under the US FIFRA and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

EDUCATION
MEnt (MS), Entomology, University of Queensland.
BA, Physical Anthropology, Southwestern University.

Leah Duzy
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Agricultural Economics

With a background in production agriculture and working lands conservation, Leah applies economic principles to risk and conservation decision-making to support agrochemical product development, assessment, and defense. She also provides applied economics research support through collaboration on federal grants and other projects. Her skills support pesticide benefit assessments and endangered species assessments.

Leah previously worked for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and the USDA Agricultural Research Service as an agricultural economist for 15 years. She has worked in both the Federal conservation program and agricultural research arenas conducting applied economic research on conservation production systems, cover crops, and herbicide-resistant weed management, and preparing cost-benefit analyses for Federal conservation programs as part of the rulemaking process. 

EDUCATION
PhD, Agricultural Economics, Auburn University.
MS, Agricultural Economics, Purdue University.
BA, Economics, The University of the South.

Annie Krueger
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Environmental Toxicology & Pollinator Risk Assessment

As a member of our Ecological Risk Assessment team, Annie assists clients with technical and regulatory planning and strategic support for risk and conservation decision making related to agriculture, pesticides, and endangered species issues.

Annie has spent more than 6 years working in environmental toxicology, pesticide regulation, and pollinator risk assessment.  She has worked in a contract research laboratory and in pollinator safety for an agrochemical company where she conducted Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) effect studies with non-target arthropods and non-target plants and assisted in GLP field residue trials to comply with FIFRA.  Annie has 8 years of research, conservation, and product stewardship experience working with honey bees, bumble bees and monarch butterflies.  Annie has authored numerous publications and made presentations at various industry trade associations.

EDUCATION
PhD, Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
BS, Zoology, Minor in Chemistry, University of Wyoming.

Larry Brewer
Senior Science Fellow

Expertise: Terrestrial Ecotoxicology

Larry specializes in wildlife, pollinator, and endangered species risk assessment; pesticide registration/re-registration support; and regulatory study placement and oversight.

Larry has over 35 years of experience spanning terrestrial ecotoxicology, laboratory ecotoxicology testing, ecological risk assessment and endangered species assessment. He is well known for designing and implementing full scale (Tier III) ecotoxicology field studies throughout North America with particular focus on avian, small mammal, and pollinator studies. Larry served as Director of Wildlife Toxicology for Smithers (17 years), and as President and Senior Scientist at Ecotoxicology and Biosystems Associates, Inc. directing domestic and international ecotoxicology field research, and ecological risk assessment (8 years). He was an Assistant Professor at the College of Human Health and Environmental Toxicology, Clemson University and the Wildlife Toxicology Section Lead in The Institute of Wildlife and Environmental Toxicology. He taught graduate courses in Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Field Research Techniques. He served as Field Research Leader for the Institute of Wildlife Toxicology, Western Washington University, and spent 17 years as a Wildlife Research Biologist with the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife. Larry has authored numerous publications and book chapters on topics of wildlife and pollinator ecotoxicology field research, and ecological risk assessment. 

EDUCATION
MS, Wildlife Science, University of Washington.
BS, Fish and Wildlife Biology, Iowa State University.