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News Archive: January 2012

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January 25, 2012
EPA Releases Recovery Potential Screening Website to Assist Restoration Planners
EPA announced the release of a new technical assistance tool for surface water quality protection and restoration programs: the Recovery Potential Screening website. Recovery Potential Screening is a user-driven, flexible approach for comparing relative differences in restorability among impaired waters. The website provides step-by-step screening directions, time-saving tools for calculating indices and displaying results, summaries of over 120 ecological, stressor and social indicators, a recovery literature database, and several case studies.

New EPA PCB TMDL Handbook Released (PDF)
EPA has issued a technical document titled Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Handbook, which provides EPA regions, states, and other stakeholders with updated information for addressing Clean Water Act (CWA) section 303(d) waters impaired by PCBs. PCBs rank sixth among the national causes of water quality impairment in the country, and of the 71,000 waterbody-pollutant combinations listed nationally, over 5,000 (eight percent) are PCB-related. This handbook identifies various approaches to developing PCB TMDLs and provides examples of TMDLs from around the country, complete with online references. It aims to help states complete more PCB TMDLs and ultimately restore those waters impaired by PCBs.

EPA and Partners Release Climate Change Handbook for Regional Watershed Planning to Assist Water Managers Plan for Climate Change
Developed cooperatively by the U.S.EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Water Resources, and the Resources Legacy Fund, the "Climate Change Handbook for Regional Watershed Planning" provides a framework for considering climate change in water management planning. Key decision considerations, resources, tools, and decision options are presented that will guide resource managers and planners as they develop means of adapting their programs to a changing climate. The handbook uses the California Department of Water Resources' Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning framework as a model into which analysis of climate change impacts and planning for adaptation and mitigation can be integrated. In addition, the handbook provides a checklist for identifying and prioritizing the vulnerability of local watersheds. The checklist includes questions about water demand and supply, wildlife and habitat, sea level rise, critical infrastructure, and hydropower.

January 23, 2012
EPA Environmental Justice Grant to Help Farm Workers Reduce Pesticide Risks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing a $25,000 grant to the Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA) to reduce exposure to pesticides for farm workers in southern New Jersey. CATA, a Latino-led nonprofit organization, will educate migrant farm workers throughout the counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem, New Jersey about the risks of pesticide exposure and how to protect their health during field work.

EPA Environmental Justice Grant to Help Ironbound Community Promote Sustainable Practices through Urban Gardening and Environmental Education
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing $25,000 to the Ironbound Community Corporation to enhance a community garden and promote environmental education in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. The wide variety of pollutants that affect the Ironbound, from existing and former chemical plants, waste industries, and trucks, airplanes and ships, has made the area a focus of EPA efforts to reduce pollution in low income neighborhoods.

January 20, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Checklists for EPA’s pesticide registration application content review on website
EPA uses checklists to determine if all necessary data (studies) are submitted for some of the applications subject to a registration service fee under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act (PRIA). These checklists are now available to applicants for pesticide registration, who will find them helpful in reviewing their application. EPA is providing the checklists to help pesticide registration applicants pass the 21-day initial content review.

MONDAY: EPA Acting Water Chief to Highlight Successful Water Projects in Henry County and West Atlanta
On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy Stoner, will be in Atlanta to highlight successful water-related projects in Henry County and West Atlanta. The projects are helping protect people’s health and the environment, and also support local job growth.

EPA Regions 7 and 8 Meet State Agriculture Directors in Kansas City, Kan.
Officials from EPA Regions 7 and 8 today hosted a meeting with the directors of state agriculture departments of Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. The meeting, held at EPA’s Region 7 building in Kansas City, Kan., provided a forum for dialogue on EPA programs and regulations as well as specific issues, interests and concerns of the agriculture sector.

January 18, 2012
Pesticide News Story: EPA Seeks Input on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Draft Measures to Protect Endangered Wildlife from Rozol Prairie Dog Bait
EPA is seeking comments from a wide range of stakeholders on draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures (RPMs) included in a draft Biological Opinion received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on January 17, 2012.

January 16, 2012
January 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
Exit EPA
The January edition of the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC) newsletter is now available. Topics include: January Webcast: Developing A Playbook for Emergency Management; What's Going On In the LPELC?
Wet Scrubbers, Dust Video, Best Guess; Spotlight On
New Oklahoma Publications. Journal GHG Edition, Digestate Utilization, Vermicompost; MUN & Ammonia, Regulation Fact Sheet, ASABE Standard.

January 13, 2012
Pesticide News Story: EPA Approves Soil Fumigant Phase 2 Labels
EPA has completed review and approval of nearly all soil fumigant product labels incorporating the second phase of mitigation measures required by the 2009 Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) for the soil fumigants methyl bromide, chloropicrin, metam sodium/metam potassium, and dazomet.

Pesticide News Story: New Enable the Label On-line Discussion Forum Topic: LRM Chapter 13: Unique Product Storage and Disposal
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs has posted an update to Enable the Label, our online discussion forum that helps improve the clarity and usefulness of the Label Review Manual. The discussion topic for January is Chapter 13, which provides guidance on storage and disposal instructions for pesticides and pesticide containers. After the discussion thread closes at the end of January, we will review comments received and incorporate useful ones into future revisions of the Label Review Manual. As a reminder, for discussions focusing on the Label Review Manual, the Agency is not asking for general discussions on pesticide policy issues.

January 11, 2012
Administrator Jackson, Secretary Vilsack Sign Historic Agreement With State of Minnesota to Help Farmers Protect Rivers, Streams and Lakes
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan, 17, 2012) – U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that EPA and USDA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state of Minnesota to develop a new state program for farmers designed to increase the voluntary adoption of conservation practices that protect local rivers, streams and other waters by reducing fertilizer run-off and soil erosion. Through this partnership, producers who undertake a substantial level of conservation activities to reduce nutrient run-off and erosion will receive assurance from the state that their farms will meet Minnesota’s water quality standards and goals during the life of the agreement.

2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities Now Available / First release of data through the national GHG reporting program
For the first time, comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the country are now easily accessible to the public through EPA’s GHG Reporting Program. The 2010 GHG data released today includes public information from facilities in nine industry groups that directly emit large quantities of GHGs, as well as suppliers of certain fossil fuels.

January 10, 2012
EPA to Hold Webinar to Showcase a New Tool to Access 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities

For the first time, comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the country are now easily accessible to the public through EPA’s GHG Reporting Program. The 2010 GHG data to be released includes public information from facilities in nine industry groups that directly emit large quantities of GHGs, as well as suppliers of certain fossil fuels and high global warming gases.

January 6, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Guidance for Data Submission for Pesticide Registration
Effective immediately, Pesticide Registration Notice (PR) 86-5 has been updated and replaced by PR 2011-3. This notice contains recommended procedures for submitting data to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs. Registrants have the option of submitting data on CD/DVD in place of paper in support of some types of regulatory actions. Other aspects of the data-formatting guidance have also been updated to bring the notice in line with current regulations and data processing practices.

January 5, 2012
EPA Releases 2010 Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its annual national analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), providing all Americans with vital information about their communities. The TRI program publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and other releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. Total releases including disposals for the latest reporting year, 2010, are higher than the previous two years but lower than 2007 and prior year totals. Many of the releases from TRI facilities are regulated under various EPA programs and requirements designed to limit human and environmental harm.

January 3, 2012
EPA Announces 2011 Environmental Justice Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced four environmental justice grants totaling $100,000 to non-profit and tribal organizations in the Great Lakes region.

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