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News Archive: April 2010

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April 30
EPA Establishes Web Site on BP Oil Spill
As part of the ongoing federal response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, EPA today established a Web site to inform the public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The Web site will contain data from EPA’s ongoing air monitoring along with other information about the agency’s activities in the region.

FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Schedules Public Meetings
There will be a 1-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues related to the Comparative Adult and Juvenile Sensitivity Toxicity Protocols for Pyrethroids. The meeting will be held on July 23, 2010 in Arlington, VA.

There will be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues related to review of SHEDs-Multimedia version 4, Peer consult on PBPK Modeling, and a SHEDS- PBPK Permethrin study. The meeting will be held on July 20-22, 2010 in Arlington, VA.

April 29
Searchable Database on Chemical Hazard, Exposure and Toxicity Now Available
EPA is making it easier to find chemical information online. EPA is releasing a database, called ToxRefDB, which allows scientists and the interested public to search and download thousands of toxicity testing results on hundreds of chemicals. ToxRefDB captures 30 years and $2 billion of testing results. ToxRefDB contains toxicity information that forms the basis for pesticide risk assessments when combined with other sources of information, such as those on exposure and metabolism.

April 28
EPA Launches Online Map Tracking Enforcement Actions in Chesapeake Bay Watershed
EPA has launched an online map that shows the locations of federal air and water enforcement actions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The map is part of EPA’s increased focus on enforcement of federal pollution laws in the Chesapeake Bay region, including a new strategy of targeting geographic areas and pollution sources contributing the greatest amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment to streams, creeks, rivers and the bay. Improving water quality is one of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s top priorities.

Exposure Modeling Public Meeting Scheduled
An Exposure Modeling Public Meeting (EMPM) will be held for one day on July 27, 2010 in Arlington, VA. Tentative topics for the meeting will include presentations related to ground water modeling and pesticide modeling refinements in agricultural and urban environs. Presentations submitted for the cancelled January 2010 EMPM will be tentatively scheduled for the July 27, 2010 EMPM meeting, provided the presenters are available.

April 26
Grant Opportunity: Aerial Pesticide Applicator Training and Outreach
EPA is soliciting applications from eligible organizations for an education and training program directed towards aerial applicators of pesticides to: promote safe pesticide application; secure pesticide and aircraft storage; enhance pesticide stewardship; and reduce risk to aerial applicators, agricultural workers, the public, and the environment through adoption of safer application techniques. Closing date for applications: June 07, 2010.

April 23
EPA Encourages States To Use Portal for Reporting Ecological Incidents
In April of 2010, EPA mailed to State government agencies a letter announcing the availability of the Ecological Pesticide Incident Reporting Portal Exit EPA. Launched in October 2009, this online application was developed to facilitate the reporting of ecological incidents from States and other organizations involved with the investigation and documentation of ecological incidents. In addition to State agencies, Federal Government organizations, tribes, academia, wildlife rehabilitation centers, conservation societies, and beekeepers are welcomed to make use of this reporting portal. Information related to ecological incidents submitted via the portal will be imported into a database for use by risk assessors and risk managers in EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs and considered the next time risks are assessed for the pesticide(s) involved in the incident report. More complete data on ecological incidents will allow the Agency to make better informed regulatory decisions, write better label statements, and impose better risk mitigation measures. Additionally, incident data serve as early warning information and can assist the Agency in discovering trends, which if left unnoticed, could create problems.

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April 15
EPA Finalizes the 2008 National U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
EPA has released the 15th annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report, which shows a drop in overall emissions of 2.9 percent from 2007 to 2008. The downward trend is attributed to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions associated with fuel and electricity consumption. Total emissions of the six main greenhouse gases in 2008 were equivalent to 6,957 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. The gases include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. Though overall emissions dropped in 2008, emissions are still 13.5 percent higher than they were in 1990.

April 14
Texas Company Fined $128,300 for Violating Federal Pesticide Law
The President and Chief Executive Officer of a Texas pesticide producing company agreed to settle a complaint brought by EPA for violating a federal pesticides law designed to provide proper registration, distribution and sale of pesticides. According to the complaint, the company distributed and sold a registered pesticide whose composition was different from its registration, and distributed and sold unregistered and/or misbranded pesticides including Hi-Yield 5% Malathion Dust, Ferti-Lome Come and Get It! Fire Ant Killer, Hi-Yield Dusting Wettable Sulphur, Ferti-Lome Dormant Spray and Summer Oil Spray, Natural Guard Lawn, Plant & Pet Insect Spray, and Hi-Yield Kill-A-Bug II. EPA inspectors, joined by staff from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) conducted an inspection at the facility on July 27, 2008. The inspection was conducted as a result of several referrals from other EPA regions regarding the company's pesticide products being distributed and sold in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). EPA and TDA inspectors collected copies of documents from the company and verified the alleged violations.

Region 1 Wetland Program Development Grant Opportunity
The Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) for Regions, initiated in FY90, provide applicants an opportunity to carry out projects to develop and refine comprehensive wetland programs. The authority for the grant program is Section 104(b)(3) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) which restricts the use of these grant funds to improving wetland programs by conducting or promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. All proposed projects must be linked to environmental results and demonstrate how they will contribute to the ultimate goals of healthy communities and ecosystems.

Region 5 Wetland Program Development Grant Opportunity
The Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) for Regions, initiated in FY90, provide applicants an opportunity to carry out projects to develop and refine comprehensive wetland programs. The authority for the grant program is Section 104(b)(3) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) which restricts the use of these grant funds to improving wetland programs by conducting or promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. All proposed projects must be linked to environmental results and demonstrate how they will contribute to the ultimate goals of healthy communities and ecosystems.

April 12
EPA Proposes To Amend Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule
EPA is proposing to amend the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule, to require reporters subject to the rule to provide: The name, address, and ownership status of their U.S. parent company; their primary and all other applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code(s); and an indication of whether or not any of their reported emissions are from a cogeneration unit. The Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule requires greenhouse gas emitting facilities and suppliers of fuels and industrial gases from all sectors of the economy to report their greenhouse gas emissions and to provide certain additional supporting data in annual reports submitted to EPA. Comments must be received on or before June 11, 2010.

April 9
Region 8 Strategic Agricultural Initiative (SAI) Grant Opportunity
EPA Region 8 is seeking applications from eligible organizations that will promote the transition to reduced-risk pest management practices in agriculture to protect human health and the environment.

April 7
EPA Announces New Restrictions on Pesticide Phosphide Fumigants To Reduce Risks to Children
EPA is requiring new restrictions on aluminum and magnesium phosphide products to better protect people, especially children, from dangerous exposures. The new restrictions prohibit all uses of the products around residential areas, increase buffer zones for treatment around non-residential buildings that could be occupied by people or animals, and create more protective product labeling. These actions are part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s comprehensive effort to strengthen the agency’s chemical management program and assure the safety of chemicals. Aluminum and magnesium phosphide fumigants are used primarily to control insects in stored grain and other agricultural commodities. They also are used to control burrowing rodents in outdoor agricultural and other non-domestic areas. The fumigants are restricted to use by specially trained pesticide applicators and in only narrow circumstances. EPA is expediting approval of the new labels to reduce the potential for accidental poisonings. The primary manufacturer is voluntarily implementing the changes. EPA will apply these changes to all aluminum and magnesium phosphide products.

Final Cancellation Order Issued for Spirotetramat
On April 5th, EPA issued a final cancellation order for all previously registered spirotetramat products. This cancellation order is in response to the December 23, 2009, order of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York vacating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registrations (technical and all end-use) of the pesticide spirotetramat due to lack of publication of a notice of receipt of the registration applications in the Federal Register. Pursuant to EPA’s final cancellation order, persons other than the registrant can sell and use existing stocks of the spirotetramat products as long as the use is consistent in all respects with the previously approved labeling. For more information, including a copy of the cancellation order, see the Spirotetramat Web site.

April 6
EPA Proposes Adding More Chemicals to Toxics Release Inventory List
EPA is proposing to add 16 chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals, the first expansion of the program in more than a decade. Established as part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), TRI is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities. The proposal is part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s ongoing efforts to provide communities with more complete information on chemicals. EPA has concluded, based on a review of available studies, that these chemicals could cause cancer in people. The purpose of the proposed addition to TRI reporting requirements is to inform the public about chemical releases in their communities and to provide the government with information for research and potential development of regulations. Comments must be received on or before June 7, 2010.

Guidance Available for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act State and Tribal Assistance Grant Program, 2011 - 2013
The Fiscal Year 2011 thru 2013 Joint OPP/OECA FIFRA Cooperative Agreement Guidance is available, for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) Program.

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April 5
National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center April Newsletter and Webcast Exit EPA
The April edition of the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC) newsletter is now available. Topics include: May's webcast is on "Composting: A Natural Rendering Process," Website adds Anaerobic Digestion introductory information, Wanted: your anaerobic digester photos, New video on LPELC YouTube channel: "Why Are Animal Feeding Operations Inspected?," National Water Conference proceedings now available, National Poultry Waste Symposium, and UN Admits Flaw in "Livestock's Long Shadow." The next webcast, scheduled for May 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm (Eastern), “Composting: A Natural Rendering Process,” will highlight the process of composting for managing animal carcasses. It will emphasize feedstocks, cold climate management, and in-house composting of catastrophic poultry mortalities. Speakers are: Jean Bonhotal, Cornell University; Tommy Bass, Montana State University; Josh Payne, Oklahoma State University; and Bud Malone, University of Delaware. Moderator is Saqib Mukhtar, Texas AgriLife Extension.

April 1
Meeting of the Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee Scheduled

The Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS) provides the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) with independent advice, counsel and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of programs related to mobile source air pollution and motor fuels. Through its various workgroups, the subcommittee addresses a wide range of developments, issues and research areas such as emissions modeling, air toxics, innovative and incentive-based transportation policies, onboard diagnostics, heavy-duty engines, diesel retrofit, fuel sulfur issues, and reformulated gasoline. The subcommittee will meet Tuesday May 4, 2010 in Arlington, VA. The preliminary agenda for the meeting and any notices about change in venue will be posted on the Subcommittee's Web site by April 15.

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