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News Archive: January 2014

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January, 2014 Exit EPA
January Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter
The January issue looks at the webcast on nutrient recovery from manure treatment systems and future webcasts on gasification and more! It is the time of year to remember winter manure spreading bans are in place in many states. There are two archived webcasts on the risks and advisory tools and a proceedings paper on spreading bans. There are also a wide variety of curriculum materials on air quality, climate change, and a series aimed at high school teachers (includes greenhouse gases, manure 101, nutrients and more). Additional topics include proposed FDA rules, antibiotics, manure apps, energy efficiency, pit foaming, and much more!

January 30, 2014
EPA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Guidance Documents for Evaluating Pesticide Spray Drift: Proposals Would Further Protect Communities near Fields Where Crops Are Grown

EPA is announcing the availability of two draft guidance documents for public comment. These documents describe how off-site spray drift will be evaluated for ecological and human health risk assessments for pesticides. EPA is seeking to strengthen its protections for people and the environment from exposure to pesticides that drift from fields to nearby areas, including homes, schools and playgrounds. The Agency has a long-standing history of robust, routine assessments on every chemical to protect consumers from pesticide risks from treated food, workers who apply pesticides, and consumers who use pesticides in and around homes. These new approaches add to these routine assessments and will allow the Agency to estimate off-site drift, another step to protect communities living near fields where crops are grown from these exposures. The January 29, 2014, Federal Register Notice specifically seeks public input on these approaches that include:

EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update To National Stormwater Calculator
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released phase II of the National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package. The updated calculator includes future climate vulnerability scenarios.

January 17, 2014
Pesticide News Story: RNAi White Paper Published in Advance of January 28 Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting
The EPA has posted a paper, "RNAi Technology as a Pesticide: Problem Formulation for Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment," and the charge to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) for the January 28, 2014, SAP meeting.
The agency will consult with the SAP on the EPA’s approach to assess the risk of RNAi gene silencing technology for pesticidal purposes.

Updated Notice of Arrival of Pesticides and Devices Form (EPA Form 3540-1)
The EPA has now updated the form for Notice of Arrival (NOA) of Pesticides and Devices that is required for importing pesticides and pesticidal devices into the United States. These revisions should increase the efficiency of the Notice of Arrival process.

January 15, 2014
EPA, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and Clark Atlanta University Find Success in Community Assistance Partnership Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Clark Atlanta University celebrate the completion of the first stages of a unique partnership that brings together academia, federal agencies, local governments, and grassroots organizations fostering sustainable growth and economic development in rural and small communities. The College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP) provides underserved communities with economic development plans, energy savings projects, land reuse evaluation, and vital technical support.

January 8, 2014
EPA Awards Almost Half a Million in Funding to Three Universities for Projects to Reduce Pesticide Risk Including Risks to Bees/Louisiana State, Penn State and University of Vermont at the forefront of groundbreaking technology
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced agricultural grants for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to reduce the use of potentially harmful pesticides and lower risk to bees all while controlling pests and saving money. “These collaborative projects can provide innovative solutions to reduce pesticide risks to pollinators and crops,” said James Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Initiatives such as these will encourage others to adopt promising technologies and practices across the nation to reduce pesticide risks while maximizing crop production and protecting public health.”

January 6, 2014
EPA Funds LSU Study to Protect Bees from Pesticides

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a grant for more than $167,000 to Dr. Kristen Healy of the Louisiana State University AgCenter at a ceremony on Wednesday, January 8. The grant will fund a study to assess the impact of mosquito-control methods on honey bees.
The study will look at development and application of insecticides used to control adult mosquito populations to minimize impacts on honey bee health. The LSU team will use the study results to develop specific guidelines for safely using these insecticides, and to assist beekeepers in minimizing exposure of bee colonies.

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