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News Archive: December 2013

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December, 2013
December, 2013 Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter

The December issue covers the webcast topic of nutrient recovery which is being presented in a 3-part series. (Part 1 archive). We also announced the dates and location of the second Waste to Worth conference will be held March 30-April 3, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. A must-read series was published by the American Society of Animal Science on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through the use of management techniques and technologies. There is also a new manure textbook, precision phosphorus feeding information, and guide on preventing human disease outbreaks and public events with animals. Hot topics touch on court cases that rule whether or not manure is "pollution" and a USGS study on the connection between groundwater and surface water nitrate levels, among other topics. More...

December 20, 2013
Florida Pesticide Producer to Pay $1.7 Million Penalty for Selling Misbranded Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Harrell’s LLC, a pesticide producer based in Lakeland, Fla., has agreed to pay $1,736,560 in civil penalties for allegedly distributing and selling misbranded pesticides and other violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
The penalty is one of the largest ever for an enforcement case under FIFRA.

December 19, 2013
EPA West Coast Collaborative announces more than $2 million in grants to reduce harmful diesel emissions in western states and Pacific Island territories

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced over $2.2 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants to partners along the West Coast and Pacific Island Territories. The 14 grants are administered through the West Coast Collaborative, an EPA Region 9 and Region 10 public-private partnership aimed at reducing diesel emissions and leveraging an additional $6 million from public, private and nonprofit partners.

U.S. EPA fines agricultural products companies $74,880 for pesticide violations in Calif. and Ariz.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced settlements with two companies selling agricultural chemicals in Arizona and California over improper storage and containment of federally regulated pesticides.
San Francisco, Calif-based agricultural products company Wilbur-Ellis must pay $62,080 in civil penalties and, separately, Collierville, Tenn.-based agricultural products company Helena Chemical must pay $12,800 in civil penalties. Both companies had multiple violations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which regulates the distribution, sale and use of pesticides in the U.S.

December 12, 2013
EPA Takes Action to Protect Farm Workers in Puerto Rico; Bayer CropScience to Initiate Measures to Protect Workers and Pay $53,000 Penalty
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Bayer CropScience LP, a company that operates a research facility and nursery in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, to correct violations of federal regulations governing the use of pesticides on farms. The company failed to follow federal rules aimed at reducing or eliminating the exposure of farm workers to chemicals. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will take a number of steps to better protect the health of the workers at its facilities and come into full compliance with federal pesticide law.

December 03, 2013
Twin Falls fish farm settles with EPA for water pollution violations

A Twin Falls commercial fish and frog farm has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  for repeatedly violating the Clean Water Act and polluting the Snake River in South-central Idaho.
McCollum Enterprises, Limited Partnership, operates the aquaculture facility known as the Canyon Springs Fish Farm located near Twin Falls, Idaho. The facility raises Tilapia and American Bullfrogs commercially, supplying fish markets and wholesalers with fresh fish and frogs across the Northwest. From June 2008 to March 2012, EPA identified over 550 violations of the facility’s discharge permit, including numerous releases of phosphorus-laden wastewater. To settle the violations, McCollum Enterprises has agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty.  Outside of the settlement, the company has also invested in facility improvements that have significantly reduced fish mortalities and phosphorus pollution to the Snake River.

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