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News Archive: December 2012

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December 2012
December 2012 Livestock and Poultry Newsletter
The December issue highlights the January webcast on "Risk Management Tools & Advisory Systems" ‎and announces new curriculum materials in nutrient management and Spanish language videos on ‎liquid and dry manure sampling. Travel scholarships are available for the Waste to Worth conference. It ‎is not too late to submit a poster for the conference. New resources on nutrient data for US ‎watersheds and nitrogen management practices on corn are now available. The hot topics are all about ‎microbes, including discovery of a new way antibiotic resistance develops and the surprising source of ‎E. coli in a California watershed. More...‎

December 28, 2012
EPA Takes Action against Companies that Sell and Import Illegal Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued legalcomplaints against two companies, the Daifuku Trading Corp. of Englewood, New Jersey and the Everyday Group of Brooklyn, New York, for selling unregistered pesticides. Both companies face penalties for violating federal pesticides law. Daifuku faces additional fines for making false and misleading statements on one of its pesticide products, for not properly labeling six products and for the improper importation of pesticide products. Under federal law, products used to kill pests must be registered with the EPA and contain labels written in English with instructions on their proper use.

December 27, 2012
I want to thank President Obama for the honor he bestowed on me and the confidence he placed in me four years ago this month when he announced my nomination as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. At the time I spoke about the need to address climate change, but also said: "There is much more on the agenda: air pollution, toxic chemicals and children's health issues, redevelopment and waste-site cleanup issues, and justice for the communities who bear disproportionate risk." As the President said earlier this year when he addressed EPA's employees, "You help make sure the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat are safe. You help protect the environment not just for our children but their children. And you keep us moving toward energy independence…We have made historic progress on all these fronts." So, I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference.

December 26, 2012
General Biodiesel settles with EPA for hazardous chemical and emergency planning violations
General Biodiesel, in south Seattle, will pay a penalty for failing to report their hazardous chemicals in violation of federal emergency planning laws, according to a consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

General Biodiesel converts used cooking oils, fish oil, vegetable oil, and animal fats into biodiesel fuel and glycerol in a process that uses hazardous chemicals including methanol, sodium methoxide, and sulfuric acid. In 2009 and 2010, General Biodiesel failed to submit Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory forms to the Seattle fire department, King County emergency management, and Washington's Emergency Response Commission.

December 20, 2012
EPA Approves Clean Water Program to Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is approving Oklahoma's request for issuing agriculture-based Clean Water Act discharge permits to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF). Oklahoma will take over responsibility to implement the Agriculture Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AgPDES) program covering discharges associated with concentrated animal feeding operations, the application of biological or chemical pesticides, discharges from forestry activities, and discharges of storm water from agricultural activities.

December 19, 2012
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a teleconference meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The FRRCC is a policy-oriented committee that provides policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities. The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the Committee in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental policies and programs that affect and engage agriculture and rural communities.

DATES: The Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee will hold a public teleconference on Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

December 17, 2012
Pesticide News Story: EPA Makes Available U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Final Biological Opinion for Kaput-D Prairie Dog BaitEPA has posted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's final Biological Opinion for Kaput-D Prairie Dog Bait on its Endangered Species Protection Program website at www.epa.gov/espp as well as in the public docket at www.regulations.gov under docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0739. In its Biological Opinion, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that Kaput-D Prairie Dog Bait is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of endangered species when used with appropriate conservation measures.

December 6, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Focus Meetings Offer New Early Opportunities for Stakeholder Involvement in ‎Pesticide Registration Review
In an ongoing effort to enhance transparency and involvement, the EPA has instituted Focus Meetings ‎as a new step for certain pesticides going through registration review, the agency's periodic ‎reevaluation of all pesticides to make sure that as the ability to assess risks to human health and the ‎environment evolves and as policies and practices change, all pesticide products in the marketplace ‎can still be used safely. Focus Meetings provide an additional opportunity for stakeholder ‎engagement early in the registration review process. This early involvement can help ensure that the ‎EPA has important information prior to developing risk assessments for registration review.‎

December 4, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Soil Fumigant Phase 2 Labels Take Effect
As of December 1, 2012, a final set of soil fumigant product label changes went into effect, fully ‎implementing important new protections for workers and bystanders. The amended product labels ‎incorporate the second and final phase of mitigation measures required by the EPA's 2009 ‎Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) for the soil fumigants methyl bromide, chloropicrin, metam ‎sodium/metam potassium, and dazomet. Fully implementing the new risk mitigation measures ‎represents a sea change in worker and public protection. These measures will help protect workers, ‎handlers and bystanders from exposure to potentially harmful airborne concentrations of the ‎fumigant pesticides.‎

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