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News Archive: July 2006

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July 26
N-Octyl Bicycloheptene Dicarboximide (MGK-264) Reregistration Eligibility Decision Available for Comment
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the pesticide N-Octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide (MGK-264) and has opened a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the MGK-264 docket. MGK-264 is a pesticide active ingredient that acts as a synergist. Its uses include application to non-food plants, applications in food and non-food handling commercial and agricultural structures and outdoor premises, housing for veterinary and farm animals, and direct application to veterinary and non-food animals. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0040, must be received on or before October 24, 2006.

Comments Invited on Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO) Reregistration Eligibility Decision
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the pesticide piperonyl butoxide (PBO) and has opened a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the piperonyl butoxide docket. PBO is a pesticide active ingredient that acts as a synergist. It is used for preharvest and postharvest application on many agricultural crops; direct and indirect treatments of livestock animals and premises; treatment of areas where raw and processed food/feed commodities are stored or processed; and in mosquito abatement areas. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0042, must be received on or before October 24, 2006.

Propanil Reregistration Eligibility Decision Amended
The comment period for the propanil Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) has ended. EPA has released an amendment to the document as a result of its review of the public comments and additional data submitted by the propanil task force. The revisions include label changes and an updated Appendix B: Data Supporting Guideline Requirements for the Reregistration of Propanil. The label changes related to dry flowable closed systems are contingent on the outcome of exposure data due in December 2006. EPA considers both the RED and the amendment to be final decisions.

Pyrethrins Reregistration Eligibility Decision Available for Comment
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the pyrethrin pesticides and has opened a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the pyrethrins docket. Pyrethrins are botanical insecticides derived from the flowers of Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium. Pyrethrins are used for pre-harvest and post-harvest application on many agricultural crops; direct and indirect treatments of livestock animals and premises; treatments of areas where raw and processed food/feed commodities are stored or processed; and in wide-area mosquito abatement programs. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0043, must be received on or before October 24, 2006.

EPA Invites Comments on Resmethrin Reregistration Eligibility Decision
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the pesticide resmethrin and has opened a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the resmethrin docket. Resmethrin is a synthetic Type I pyrethroid insecticide registered for control of insects in residential, commercial, and industrial settings, in animal living areas, and in food handling establishments. Resmethrin is also registered as a restricted-use pesticide when used to control adult mosquitoes in the interest of public health. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0284, must be received on or before October 24, 2006.

July 25
EPA Holds Public Meeting in Iowa on Proposed Rule for Large Feedlots
EPA held a public meeting in Ames, Iowa, on July 25, 2006, to enhance understanding of a proposed EPA rule to control effluent from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), such as large pig, veal, poultry, beef, and dairy farms. EPA experts gave a presentation and answered questions on the proposed rule, under which CAFOs would continue to be required to properly manage the manure they generate. EPA proposed the rule June 22, 2006. Comments are due for this proposed rule by August 14, 2006. This was one of five meetings scheduled nationally on this topic; the next meeting will be Tuesday, August 1, 2006, in Golden, Colorado.

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July 19
Webcast on Benefits of Watershed-Based NPDES Permitting
EPA's Watershed Academy hosted a free Webcast seminar on July 19 entitled Benefits of Watershed-Based National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permitting, featuring Patrick Bradley and Jennifer Molloy from EPA's Office of Wastewater Management. This interactive on-line seminar covered mechanisms to implement watershed-based permitting and issues related to managing storm water and other wet weather impacts.

DCNA Reregistration Eligibility Decision Available
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide DCNA (Dicloran), and has opened a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the DCNA (2,6- dichloro-4-nitroaniline) Docket. DCNA, also referred to as Dicloran, is a fungicide used to control pathogenic species such as Botrytis, Monilinia, Rhizopus, Sclerotinia and Sclerotium. DCNA is registered for agriculture and horticulture uses. Its registered formulations include dusts, wettable powders, and flowable concentrates. These products can be applied using aerial, airblast, groundboom, chemigation, and hand-application methods. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0265, must be received on or before August 18, 2006.

EPA Cites Two Suffolk County Firms for Selling Off-Spec, Misbranded Pesticides
A pesticide producer and a telemarketer/distributor in Suffolk County, New York have been cited by EPA for multiple violations of the federal pesticide law. EPA is seeking financial penalties totaling nearly $1.5 million in separate complaints against the Topaz Turf Corporation in Holtsville and Southern Chemical Supply, Inc. in Bohemia, which used Topaz as its supplier. EPA is alleging the companies distributed off-spec and misbranded pesticides to the public since at least October 2003. In addition, the agency charged Topaz with selling an unregistered pesticide (to kill insects on plants) and failing to maintain and furnish production records. EPA also alleges that Southern made misstatements in the sale of the pesticides.

July 17
EPA Accepting Applications for Water Efficiency Leader (WEL) Awards
EPA has created a new awards program designed to recognize organizations and individuals who are providing leadership and innovation in water-efficient products and practices. Recognition will be given on the basis of persuasive community or organizational leadership in the area of water efficiency, originality and public purpose, global perspective and implications, and overall improvements in water efficiency. Award recipients gain national recognition for accomplishments and the opportunity to share case studies and best practices with other leaders. The application deadline is August 4, 2006. (This is an extension of the deadline stated in the Federal Register notice.)

EPA Settles With Southern California Pesticide Company for $5,850
EPA has settled for $5,850 with California Pool and Chemical Service of Artesia, Calif., for failing to submit their 2005 pesticide production report on time, a violation of the federal pesticide law. The company, which produces sodium hypochlorite for swimming pool disinfection, was subject to an EPA action last year due to similar violations.

Innovation in Wood Stove Changeouts Study
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals that demonstrate innovative approaches to developing and supporting wood stove changeout programs across the country. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $300,000. EPA anticipates award of one to three cooperative agreements resulting from this announcement, subject to the availability of funds and the quality of applications received, ranging in value from $100,000 to $300,000. The closing date for receipt of proposals under this RFP is August 21, 2006, 4:00 p.m. EDT. All proposals, however submitted, must be received by the closing date and time to receive consideration. No late proposals will be accepted.

National Carcass Disposal Symposium 2006 Exit EPA
The National Carcass Disposal Symposium will take place December 4th through 7th, 2006. There will be a pre-symposium workshop dealing with euthanasia & decontamination on December 4th at USDA-ARS in Beltsville, MD. The symposium will occur on December 5th through 7th, 2006 at the University of Maryland Conference Center. There will also be a half day post symposium demonstration on December 7, 2006 at Beltsville, MD. This will be a demonstration of available carcass disposal technology. The topics will include: research and public policy on carcass disposal in response to routine mortalities, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks; new & emerging carcass disposal technologies; carcass treatment options; final product disposition; public policy on disposal of wildlife, marine mammals, and agricultural mortalities; and state and agency response and training experiences.

July 14
Dicamba Reregistration Eligibility Decision Available for Comment
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide dicamba acid and its associated salts, and has opened a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the dicamba Docket. Dicamba (2-methoxy-3,6-dichlorobenzoic acid) is a selective benzoic acid herbicide registered for pre-emergent control of broadleaf weeds and woody plants. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0479, must be received on or before September 12, 2006.

July 13
EPA Publishes Annual Pesticide Reregistration Performance Measures and Goals Report
As required by the amended Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA publishes information annually describing its progress in meeting performance measures and goals for pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment. The Agency's annual report on accomplishments during FY 2005 was published in the Federal Register on Friday, June 23, 2006. The measures and goals include the status of reregistration, product reregistration, and tolerance reassessment. The notice gives numbers of pesticides and products reregistered, tolerances reassessed, data call-in notices issued, studies reviewed in support of reregistration, and products registered under the "fast track" provisions of FIFRA. The notice also contains the Agency's schedule for completing specific pesticide decisions during subsequent fiscal years.

EPA Region 5 Steps Up Pesticide Export Oversight
EPA Region 5 has increased oversight of pesticide exporters over the past two-and-a-half years. During that time, $440,000 in penalties were assessed against seven companies for violations. The violators failed to take one or more of these required steps:

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July 12
Dimethoate Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision
EPA has released its Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED) for the organophosphate pesticide dimethoate, and has opened a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the dimethoate docket. Dimethoate is a systemic organophosphate insecticide used for control of a wide variety of insect pests on a number of fruit, vegetable, grain, and field crops, as well as ornamentals and non-cropland adjacent to agricultural fields. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0084, must be received on or before September 11, 2006.

July 11
Mesa, Ariz. Company Pays $24,400 Fine for Pesticide Violations
EPA fined a Mesa, Ariz. company $24,400 for violating federal pesticide law. Water & Energy Systems Technology, Inc. allegedly sold its pesticide, C124, with a composition that differed from the composition described in the registration for this pesticide. The company also allegedly continued to sell or distribute pesticide C1204 after its registration had been canceled. Both products are used to control algae in recirculating cooling water.

July 6
Comments Invited on Proposal for 2007 Critical Use Exemption From Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
EPA is proposing an exemption to the phaseout of methyl bromide to meet the needs of 2007 critical uses. The Agency is proposing uses that will qualify for the 2007 critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced, imported, or supplied from stocks for those uses in 2007. EPA is seeking comment on the list of critical uses and on EPA's determination of the amounts of methyl bromide needed to satisfy those uses. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OAR-2005-0538, must be submitted by August 7, 2006.

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July 5
Livestock and Poultry Environmental (LPE) Learning Center Exit EPA
The Livestock and Poultry Environmental (LPE) Learning Center is is a project dedicated to the vision that individuals involved in public policy issues, animal production, and delivery of technical services for confined animal systems should have on-demand access to the nation's best science-based resources. The center will be responsive to priority and emerging environmental issues associated with animal agriculture.

Imazapyr Reregistration Eligibility Decision
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide imazapyr. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the imazapyr docket. Imazapyr is a systemic, nonselective, pre- and post-emergent herbicide used for the control of terrestrial annual and perennial grasses, broad-leaved herbs, woody species, and riparian and emergent aquatic species. Imazapyr was reviewed through the modified four-phase public participation process. Since all risk issues associated with the use of this pesticide were resolved through consultations with stakeholders, the Agency is issuing the imazapyr RED without an additional comment period.

July 3
EPA Sets Public Meetings on Proposed NPDES Revisions for CAFOs
Between July 24 and August 3, EPA will conduct five public meetings on proposed regulatory revisions for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). These proposed regulations under the Clean Water Act were signed by EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson on June 22, 2006, and were published in the Federal Register on June 30 (FRL 8189-7). Meeting sites include Washington, DC; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Ames, Iowa; Golden, Colorado; Dallas, Texas; and Sacramento, California.

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