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Robert McNally Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division at Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Bob McNally serves as the Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, in EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). His Division includes over 50 scientists and risk managers who regulate pesticides used in organic agriculture, as well as biotechnology pesticide products. Previously, Bob led OPP’s Field and External Affairs Division (FEAD) overseeing pesticide program efforts in EPA’s 10 Regions, as well as State and Tribal engagement. In this position, Bob also oversaw the development of proposed regulations to better protect farm workers handling pesticides and harvesting crops. Previously, Bob managed the re-evaluation of many older pesticides used in agriculture and by homeowners to ensure these pesticides meet 21st century human health and ecological risk assessment standards. Several of these pesticides were removed from the marketplace.

Other management positions at EPA included stints in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. In the latter office, Bob helped to lead a regulatory negotiation effort working with schools, the PTA, custodial unions and the asbestos industry to develop asbestos regulations governing the inspection and remediation of asbestos in school buildings.

Bob entered federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow working at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. He received a graduate degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.

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