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News Archive: February 2010

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February 26
New PestWise Website Launched
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has a new Web site on non-regulatory programs for reducing pesticide risk through environmental stewardship - partnerships, grants, and education. The site, PestWise: Partnerships for Environmental Innovation in Pest Management, has information for industry professionals, growers, school teachers, and anyone interested in learning more about responsible pest management to reduce pesticide risk. It also contains information on grants available to support projects that demonstrate the effectiveness of Integrated Pest Management and biopesticides. The PestWise site spotlights the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, the Agency’s partnership program dedicated to reducing pesticide risk where people live, work, play, and farm. The site also features information on the Strategic Agricultural Initiative, IPM in Schools Program, Biopesticide Demonstration Grant Program, and other grant programs.

PRIA 2 Annual Report Available
The 2009 annual report on the pesticide registration service fee program is available on EPA’s Web site as required by the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act (PRIA 2). This detailed report describes EPA’s activities and accomplishments during Fiscal Year 2009 in implementing PRIA 2 and includes a review of the progress made in carrying out the Agency’s obligations under the Act, a description of the staffing and resources associated with the review of and decision-making on applications, and a review of its progress in meeting the reregistration and tolerance reassessment timeline requirements. Additional reporting requirements include information on electronic label review, a review of applications under section 3(c)(3)(B), and information on registration review that includes resource expenditures and recommendations for process improvements.

February 25
EPA Soliciting Comments on Proposed Consolidation of CAFO and CAAP ICRs
EPA is requesting to consolidate, streamline, and update its Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) and Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production (CAAP) facility Information Collection Requests (ICRs) into the currently approved ICR for CAFOs. Comments must be submitted on or before April 26, 2010.

Ten Louisiana TMDLs Available for Comment
EPA is seeking comment on ten Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for waters located within Louisiana, and is requesting that the public provide to EPA any water quality related data and information that may be relevant to the calculations for the ten TMDLs. Comments must be submitted in writing to EPA on or before March 29, 2010.

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February 22
Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board Scheduled
EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public notice for the chartered SAB to hold a public teleconference to conduct quality reviews of three draft reports: The SAB Drinking Water Committee’s draft Review of EPA’s Microbial Risk Assessment Protocol; the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee’s draft Review of Empirical Approaches for Nutrient Criteria Derivation; and the draft Report of the Risk and Technology Methods Review Panel. The public teleconference will be held on March 24, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time). Additional details are available on the EPA SAB Web site.

EPA Unveils Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has released an action plan to guide the Obama Administration’s historic efforts to restore the Great Lakes. The action plan, which the administrator unveiled at a Sunday meeting with governors from the Great Lakes states, lays out the most urgent threats facing the Great Lakes and sets out goals, objectives and key actions over the next five years to help restore the lakes. The action plan directs aggressive action under five priority “focus areas” the task force has identified as vital for restoring the Great Lakes. They are: Protection and cleanup of the most polluted areas in the lakes; combating invasive species; protection of high priority watersheds and reduced runoff from urban, suburban, and agricultural sources; restoration of wetlands and other habitats; and implementation of accountability measures, learning initiatives, outreach, and strategic partnerships. More information can be found at the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Web site.Exit EPA

Registration Decision for Fenazaquin Opened for Public Comment
EPA is making its proposed registration decision, related risk assessments, and the proposed product labels for fenazaquin available for comment. Registration items are available in the fenazaquin docket (ID# EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0075). Comments will be accepted through March 23, 2010.

February 19
EPA Region 4 Strategic Agricultural Initiative (SAI) Grant Opportunity
EPA Region 4 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. Grant activities that are supported under the SAI program and this Request for Applications (RFA) include: education, extension, demonstration, and studies for Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) transition and reduced risk pest management practices in agriculture. Project activities should support achieving the adoption of reduced risk pest management practices, and/or ecologically based Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Application packages must be submitted in hard copy or by electronic submission via grants.gov by April 5, 2010, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

February 18
EPA Increases Transparency of Proposed Regulations with Launch of New Web Site
EPA is launching a new Web site giving the public additional opportunity to participate in the agency’s rulemaking process, demonstrating President Obama’s commitment to more transparent and open government. The online Rulemaking Gateway serves as a portal to EPA’s priority rules, providing citizens with earlier and more concise information about agency regulations. It also allows users to search for EPA rules that relate to specific interests, including impacts on small business; children’s health; environmental justice; and state, local and tribal government. The Rulemaking Gateway complements Regulations.gov, the federal government’s main portal for tracking rules from all federal agencies, by providing brief overviews of specific EPA rules and additional ways to search rules based on the phases they are in (e.g., pre-proposal, proposal), the topics they relate to (e.g., air, water), and the impacts they might have (e.g., impacts on small businesses or environmental justice). The new Web site offers a distilled “snapshot” of a rule, with enough information for a citizen to determine his or her interest in the rule. The individual then can use Rulemaking Gateway links to Regulations.gov and to other EPA sources where comprehensive information is available.

EPA Soliciting Proposals for Pesticide Safety Program for Agricultural Workers and Farmworker Children
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is soliciting proposals from eligible parties for an EPA cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an eligible organization for an education and training pesticide safety program aimed at reducing exposure to pesticides for agricultural workers, their families, and the agricultural community. The grantee will conduct a national train-the-trainer program to educate farmworkers about how to reduce risks from pesticides. As part of this program, the grantee will also train pesticide safety educators who will work with farmworker service organizations, growers, and other members of the agricultural community in key rural areas with high pesticide use and large numbers of farmworkers to conduct interactive pesticide safety programs for agricultural workers and their families. This will be a five year cooperative agreement, with an estimated total of $1,950,000. Proposals due April 5, 2010.

February 17
Pollution Prevention Grant Opportunity
The Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program supports State and Tribal technical assistance programs which help businesses identify better environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste at the source. EPA anticipates it will award approximately $4.1 million in total program funding during Fiscal Year 2010. Grants will be awarded and managed by each of EPA’s 10 Regional Pollution Prevention Program Offices. Proposals must describe activities that address one or more of these national focus areas in order to be considered for funding: Greenhouse Gas Reduction; Toxic and Hazardous Materials Reduction; Resource Conservation; Promoting Business Efficiency; and Promoting P2 Integration. EPA’s Regional Pollution Prevention Program Offices will accept proposals on or before Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

February 16
EPA’s Watershed Academy Sponsors Webcast on Managing Nutrients in the National Estuary Program
On Monday, March 1st, 2010, EPA’s Watershed Academy will sponsor a free Webcast on “Managing Nutrients in the National Estuary Program.” EPA’s National Estuary Program (NEP) includes 28 estuary projects, most of which are experiencing serious nutrient enrichment issues. Join to learn about the different approaches that three NEP projects--Tampa Bay in Florida, Delaware Inland Bays in Delaware, and Peconic Bay in New York State--are using to manage nutrients. The Webcast will feature Holly Greening of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Kimberly Paulsen of the Suffolk County New York Department of Health Services, and Ed Lewandowski of the Delaware Center for Inland Bays.

February 11
EPA Region 3 Strategic Agricultural Initiative (SAI) Grant Opportunity
EPA Region 3 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. The SAI program focuses financial resources primarily on minor agricultural crop production. Grant activities that are supported under the SAI program and this Request for Applications (RFA) include: education, extension, demonstration, and studies for Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) transition and reduced risk pest management practices in agriculture. Project activities should support achieving the adoption of reduced risk pest management practices, and/or ecologically based Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Application packages must be submitted in hard copy or by electronic submission via grants.gov by March 31, 2010, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

EPA Proposes Additional Stay of Inclusion of Fugitive Emissions Requirements
EPA is proposing to put in place an additional 18-month stay to the existing stay of the inclusion of fugitive emissions requirements in the federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2008, in the final rule entitled, “Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reconsideration of Fugitive Emissions” (Fugitive Emissions Rule). The Fugitive Emissions Rule under the federal PSD program requires that fugitive emissions be included in determining whether a physical or operation change results in a major modification only for sources in industries that have been designated through rulemaking under section 302(j) of the Clean Air Act. The existing stay is in effect for three months; that is, from December 31, 2009, until March 31, 2010. This action proposes to put in place an additional stay for 18 months, which we believe will allow for sufficient time for EPA to propose, take public comment on, and issue a final action concerning the inclusion of fugitive emissions in the Federal PSD program. Comments must be received on or before March 15, 2010.

February 10
SFIREG Pesticide Operations and Management Working Committee Meeting Scheduled
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Pesticide Operations and Management (POM) Working Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on March 29, 2010 and ending March 30, 2010 at Tybee Island, GA. Topics may include but are not limited to: Supplemental labeling - regulatory issues, expiration dates, etc.; suggested updates to the Section 24(c) guidance document; discussion of label quality initiatives; review of EPA/FDA Standard Operating Procedures document for pesticide residues in food commodities; POM potential role in review of new labels; FIFRA compliances and Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) products; reviewing and updating the Label Review Manual; and soil fumigant label changes for 2010/11 and compliance strategies.

EPA Announces Registration Review Decision for Disulfoton
EPA is announcing its registration review decision for disulfoton, case 0102. Disulfoton is an organophosphate insecticide used in agricultural settings on a variety of food and non-food/non-feed crops and in residential settings on ornamentals. Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.57, a registration review decision is the Agency's determination whether a pesticide meets, or does not meet, the standard for registration in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). EPA has considered disulfoton in light of the FIFRA standard for registration. The disulfoton decision document in the docket describes the Agency’s rationale for issuing a registration review decision for this pesticide. In addition to the registration review decision document, the registration review docket for disulfoton (ID# EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0054) also includes other relevant documents related to the registration review of this case. The proposed registration review decision was announced on October 23, 2009, and the public was invited to submit any comments or new information. During the 60-day comment period, no public comments were received.

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February 6
National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center February Newsletter and Webcast Exit EPA
The February edition of the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC) newsletter is available. Topics include: March Webcast: “Precision Phosphorus Feeding of the Dairy Cow;” February includes a webcast double-header; Site Selection is Topic of Ohio State Blog Posts; List of Farm Bill-Related Programs and Grants Available; Florida Nutrient Regulations Open for Public Comment; and Possible New Rules for CAFOs in Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Two live webcasts are scheduled for February. The first, scheduled for February 24, 2010, is "Live From the National Sea Grant and Land Grant Water Quality Conference." Speakers are Greg Jennings, North Carolina State University; Gregory Evanylo, Virginia Tech - “Increasing Composting Capacity on Farms;” Darryl Finnigan - “Best Management Practices for Horse Farms;” and Greg Binford, University of Delaware - “Nutrient Losses from Poultry Litter Stockpiles.” The second webcast is scheduled for February 26, 2010, and is entitled, "Vegetative Environmental Buffers to Manage Air Emissions.” Trees have been used for many years to enhance farmstead appearance, but are they also an effective means to manage air emissions from animal housing? Speakers are John Tyndall, Iowa State University and Dick Nicolai, South Dakota State University.

February 2
Grant Opportunity: 9th International Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement
EPA is requesting applications from qualified, not-for-profit organizations for a cooperative agreement in support of the 9th International Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement to be held in Canada in the Spring or Summer of 2011. EPA anticipates that approximately 185 people will attend the conference from governments and organizations from over 50 different countries. The conference theme will be “Enforcement Cooperation for Sustainability” and will cover topics on environmental compliance and enforcement including, but not limited to: climate compliance; international shipments of wastes, new approaches to regulations and compliance monitoring; working with prosecutors and the judiciary, INECE’s past success and direction for the future; and enforcement of both “brown” and “green” issues. The conference will include side events such as training courses, topical and regional meetings. The closing date and time for receipt of application submissions, regardless of mode of submission, is March 17, 2010, 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).

February 1
EPA's FY2011 Budget Proposal Seeks Efficiencies, Increased Environmental Protection
The Obama Administration today proposed a budget of $10 billion for EPA. This budget heeds the president’s call to streamline and find efficiencies in the agency’s operations while supporting the seven priority areas EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson outlined to guide EPA’s work. This budget request builds on the Agency’s work to impact climate change through actions under the Clean Air Act. It supports a greater focus on community-level engagement, to augment and reinforce the critical work of our state and tribal partners. It moves forward with the Agency’s ambitious vision for protecting and restoring America’s waters. It will help assure the safety of chemicals, and it reflects an increase to ensure federal laws are enforced fairly and effectively.

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