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News Archive: April 2012

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April 26, 2012
Jerome dairy processing facility failed to publicly disclose chemical use and disposal
 “Communities have a right to know what chemicals companies are using and potentially releasing into the environment,” said Kelly Huynh, manager of the TRI program at EPA in Seattle. “Accurate and timely numbers from companies are the foundation of these rules so citizens have access to the most current information.”
Idaho Milk Products processes tens of millions of pounds of milk annually at its facility in Jerome.

Petersen-Bubke, LLP, Beef Feedlot in Monona County, Iowa, to Pay $10,000 Penalty for Illegal Discharges into Rush Creek
Petersen-Bubke, LLP, a beef cattle feedlot in Monona County, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the United States for violations of the federal Clean Water Act related to discharges of pollutants into Rush Creek and its tributaries.

April 25, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee to Meet May 3-4, 2012
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on Thursday, May 3, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Friday, May 4, from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm. The meeting will be held in EPA’s first floor conference center at One Potomac Yard, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Information on the location of EPA’s building and how to reach it by public transportation or car is available at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/contacts/officelocation.htm.

Pesticide News Story: Now Online: Results of OPP’s Consumer Survey on Insect Repellent Product Labeling
The Office of Pesticide Programs conducted a national survey about insect repellents in 2011 to better understand how we might improve label information for these consumer products. The first part of the survey was used to understand why and how consumers purchase and use insect repellents, and what information consumers look for and understand on insect repellent labels. OPP then tested the usefulness of four potential marks that could be placed on the front of insect repellent labels as part of an effort to improve public health information on insect repellent labels. The marks showed how long a repellent may protect them from public health pests such as mosquitoes or ticks. The results of that survey are now available, and we invite you to check out the results of the consumer survey here. These results may help inform our future decisions and policies affecting labeling of insect repellents.

April 20, 2012
Pesticide News Story: EPA Provides Guidance to Pesticide Companies to Clarify EPA’s Pesticide Labeling Requirements in Light of OSHA’s Newly Revised Hazard Communication Standard
The Environmental Protection Agency has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of Pesticide Registration Notice 2012-1, titled Material Safety Data Sheets as Pesticide Labeling. This notice updates and clarifies PR Notice 92-4, titled Material Safety Data Sheets as Pesticide Labeling and is available at http://www.epa.gov/PR_Notices/.

Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Webcast Series Exit EPA
The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center offers a free monthly webcast on a variety of issues related to animal manure management.
The next live webcast will discuss Nitrates in Groundwater and will be held on May 18, 2012. Nitrate issues from a regional perspective will be discussed in this webcast. Recent findings in California and the proposed solutions will be presented, as will nitrate issues in the Southeast, Midwest, and Intermountain West.

April 10, 2012
EPA Unveils New Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations to Protect Water Quality in Idaho
A new water discharge permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) will help protect Idaho’s rivers, lakes and streams from animal waste, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Boise, Idaho. The new EPA "General Permit” regulates discharges to surface waters from most Idaho CAFOs, including those on tribal lands. The permit covers a wide array of Idaho livestock operations, not only beef cattle and dairy cows, but also horses, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Pesticide News Story: New Restrictions on Rozol Use in Six States to Protect Threatened or Endangered Species
To address the potential effects from Rozol Prairie Dog Bait to wildlife listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, the EPA is publishing Endangered Species Protection Bulletins for Rozol Prairie Dog Bait on its Bulletins Live! website.

April 9, 2012
Top EPA and USDA Officials to Tour Farm in Mississippi Where Water Pollution Reduction Strategies Are Being Implemented/Tour is Part of Meeting in Memphis to Discuss National Agency Priorities
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner and U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills, along with various state officials and farmers, will tour Stovall Farm in Clarksdale, Miss., to see projects that are benefitting farmers and reducing water pollution in the Mississippi Delta.

EPA Denies Petition on 2,4-D Pesticide
FR Notice Published - April 18, 2012
In a petition filed on November 6, 2008, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) requested that EPA cancel all product registrations and revoke all tolerances (legal residue limits in food) for the pesticide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D. After considering public comment received on the petition and all the available studies, EPA is denying the request to revoke all tolerances and the request to cancel all registrations.

April 5, 2012
April 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Exit EPA
A new part of the April issue is an enhancement to the "National Resources" section. In that issue we added a rundown of several state programs. This issue also includes the popular "Best Guess" contest and links to some new air quality resources on animal diet and atmospheric ammonia. As usual, the webcast series is front and center with offerings on adaptive management, nitrate leaching, and greenhouse gases heading up the schedule. Some other resources to check out include the US EPA nutrient pollution website and a nice video by NRCS on how water moves through soil. UC Davis recently released a report that shows agriculture shoulders a large part of the blame for nitrate issues in groundwater, and the Dairy Innovation Center recognized several farms in their Dairy Sustainability Awards.

April 3, 2012
EPA Settles Lawsuit Against North Georgia Landowner for Violations of the Clean Water Act
The Duvall Development Co., Inc., Duvall & Son Livestock, Inc. and the president of both companies, Jeffrey H. Duvall, will pay a $30,000 penalty and have purchased five acres of forested land that was donated to the Chattahoochee National Forest in order to resolve federal Clean Water Act (CWA) violations.
“This enforcement action sends a strong message about the importance of protecting headwater streams in the Southeast,” said EPA Region 4 Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming. “These streams serve as habitat for critical fish and wildlife, control flooding, recharge groundwater, capture pollutants and cycle nutrients—helping provide the clean, safe water that is essential for the health of families and our communities.

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