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News Archive: February 2013

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February 2013
February 2013 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
The February issue introduces the Waste to Worth preview webcast. There are many great, ‎new resources available including air quality videos, smartphone apps, Manure 101, and air ‎quality curriculum. Some of the hot topics include pathogens and EPA's CAFO rule review. As ‎always, there is much more from beginning farmers all the way to a very expensive ‎pineapple. More...‎

February 27, 2013
Wood treatment companies violate federal pesticide laws intended to protect human health
Gardner-Fields, Inc. of Tacoma, Washington and IBC Manufacturing Co. of Memphis, Tennessee will pay fines for violating federal pesticide laws, according to separate settlements announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Companies that sell or distribute mislabeled pesticides put people's health and the environment at risk,said Ed Kowalski, Director of EPA Region 10 Compliance and Enforcement. Without proper labeling and safety instructions, users can unintentionally misapply pesticides and may lack important information for emergency first aid.

February 26, 2013
USDA Releases Report on the Growing Importance of Food Hubs in Rural America Exit EPA
griculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced the release of a report which provides a comprehensive look at the economic role, challenges and opportunities for food hubs in the nation's growing local food movement. The announcement was made during a visit to Hollygrove Market and Farm, a produce market, local distributor and farm in downtown New Orleans. In operation since 2009, Hollygrove Farm and Market sources from twenty local growers across southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Hollygrove's mission includes increasing access to fresh produce for underserved New Orleans neighborhoods. The organization first began operations as part of the city's post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts.

February 25, 2013
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Appoints Members to the NAREEE Advisory BoardExit EPA
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of 10 members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

February 22, 2013
Rodney Hailey Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Selling $9 Million in Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits / Owner of Clean Green Fuel falsely claimed his company produced 23 million gallons of renewable fuel

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Rodney R. Hailey, of Perry Hall, Md., today to nearly 12 years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling $9 million in renewable fuel credits which he falsely claimed were produced by his company, Clean Green Fuel, LLC. When invalid renewable fuel credits are 'produced' and sold, it undermines the integrity of an important program designed by Congress to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil and to grow the nation's renewable energy industry, said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Today's sentence shows that there are serious consequences, including jail time, for defrauding the renewable fuels program for personal gain.

EPA to Co-Host Austin Sustainable Materials Management Workshop
The Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with the City of Austin and the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) to help organizations think about materials management sustainably. The three agencies will host a workshop, Sustainable Materials Management: Bringing Everyone and Everything Together. Sustainable materials management promotes using and reusing materials most productively and sustainably throughout their life cycles.
Experts from the EPA, STAR, and Austin Resource Recovery will be there to facilitate discussion about achievements in sustainable materials management, as well as what works, what doesn't and what tools are available for anyone interested in getting involved.

February 21, 2013
2013 Pollinator Summit - March 5, 2013‎
The EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are holding a public meeting with key ‎stakeholders to advance our understanding and our efforts to protect honey bees and other ‎pollinators from pesticide risks.‎
The EPA has been working aggressively to protect honey bees and other pollinators. The 2013 ‎Pollinator Summit is part of the agency's ongoing collaboration with beekeepers, growers, ‎pesticide manufacturers and federal and state agencies to manage potential pesticide risks to ‎bees.‎
Date, Time and Location:‎
The meeting will be held on March 5, 2013, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST at the Office of ‎Pesticide Programs, First Floor Conference Center, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. ‎Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.‎

February 8, 2013
EPA Strengthens Protections for Participants in Third Party Human Studies Involving Pesticides
Furthering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) commitment to rigorous science conducted with the highest ethical standards, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has signed amendments strengthening existing standards for human research involving pesticides submitted by third parties for consideration in EPA decision-making. These amendments apply to studies involving the controlled exposure of participants to pesticides.

Pesticide News Story: Chlorpyrifos Preliminary Volatilization Assessment Suggests Bystander Risks of Concern; EPA Requests Comment to Address Uncertainties
The EPA is requesting comment on a preliminary evaluation of the potential risks to children and other bystanders from volatilization of chlorpyrifos from treated crops. While there are uncertainties associated with EPA's preliminary assessment, the available data indicate that vapor phase chlorpyrifos may be emitted from treated fields at levels resulting in exposure to children and others who live, work, attend school or otherwise spend time nearby.  In some circumstances, these bystanders may be exposed to chlorpyrifos and/or the transformation product chlorpyrifos-oxon at concentrations that could cause adverse effects. The chlorpyrifos preliminary volatility assessment , guide to commenters , and related documents are available in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850 at www.regulations.gov. 

February 7, 2013
EPA Releases State Enforcement Performance Information and Comparative Maps / Agency to host webinar demonstrating new data features
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of state dashboards and comparative maps that provide the public with information about the performance of state and EPA enforcement and compliance programs across the country. 

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