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News Archive: February 2012

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February 29, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Petitioners Request EPA Demonstrate Endocrine Disruptor Screening
Program Compliance with Paperwork Reduction Act; EPA Requests Public Comment
EPA is seeking public comment on a December 7, 2011 petition from the Chemical Producers & Distributors Association, the Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance, Inc., and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The petition requests that the Agency abide by the Paperwork Reduction Act and Office of Management and Budget Terms of Clearance for the approved Information Collection Request for the first list of 67 chemicals to receive orders under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program by demonstrating that the information being sought has practical utility and is not duplicative before proceeding with Tier 1 screening orders for additional chemicals. EPA is requesting comment on the petition during a 90-day period ending May 29, 2012. After considering comments received, the Agency will respond to the comments and the petition. For further information, please see EPA’s February 29, 2012 Federal Register notice and the petition in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0061 at Regulations.gov.

February 28, 2012
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Testimony Before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Energy and Power, Environment and the Economy
As prepared for delivery.
Thank you for inviting me to testify on the President's Fiscal Year 2013 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency. I'm joined by the Agency's Chief Financial Officer, Barbara Bennett.
EPA's budget request of $8.344 billion focuses on fulfilling EPA's core mission of protecting public health and the environment, while making the sacrifices and tough decisions that Americans across the country are making every day.

February 17, 2012
February 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
Exit EPA
The February newsletter includes several new air quality publications and a video about a young Colorado rancher and his commitment to stewardship. The newsletter also includes links to resources on beef carbon footprint, a manure value calculator, EPA permit writer's manure, and manure to energy spotlight stories.

February 13, 2012
EPA’s FY 2013 Budget Proposal Focuses on Core Environmental and Human Health Protections / EPA budget supports President Obama’s vision of an America that is built to last
Today the Obama Administration proposed a FY 2013 budget of $8.344 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This budget reflects a government-wide effort to reduce spending and find cost-savings, and is $105 million below the EPA’s enacted level for FY 2012. The FY 2013 budget is the result of EPA’s ongoing efforts to carefully consider potential cost savings and reductions while continuing its commitment to core environmental and health protections -- safeguarding Americans from pollution in the air they breathe, the water they drink and the land where they build their communities.

February 9, 2012
Maryland Company Settles Pesticides Violations
PAMEX Foods, Inc. of Forestville, Md., has agreed to pay a $158,880 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of federal pesticide regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
EPA cited PAMEX for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), a federal law requiring the registration of pesticide products and pesticide-production facilities, and the proper labeling of pesticides.

February 3, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Antimicrobial Pesticide Registrants Get Time-limited Opportunity to Review Toxicity Reference Database – Webinar Planned

EPA has recently entered toxicology data for antimicrobial pesticides into the Toxicity Reference Database. The ToxRefDB, which was developed as part of EPA’s ToxCastTM research program, is a structured and searchable relational database capable of storing chemical toxicity data from animal studies. To make sure that all data in ToxRefDB are accurate, the agency is offering data submitters time to review toxicity data records based on their submissions and offer corrections. Only the submitters of data will be able to review their own records. Toxicity data submitters can check whether their chemicals are in the ToxRefDB by reviewing the chemical list at http://actor.epa.gov/toxrefdb/faces/Home.jsp.

February 1, 2012
Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture; Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Genetically Engineered Plants
This notice announces that pesticide-related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by submitters in accordance with 40 CFR 2.309(c) and 2.308(h)(2) will be shared with the Department of Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). HHS's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will perform work for OPP under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

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