News Archive: July 2013
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July 2013 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
The July issue highlights a webcast on a monoslope barn air quality project. New LPELC web content on manure-to-energy, animal mortality curriculum, animal ag & climate change course, and a manure expert database. The national resources area includes a new tool to allow farmers to estimate how much carbon could be sequestered by various conservation activities as well as a publication on drug residue research in animal mortality compost, and much more. The hot topics area reports on a project that studied antibiotic-resistant bacteria in farm workers, asphalt, and conservation trade-offs. More...
July 31, 2013
EPA Proposes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting / E-reporting initiative will increase efficiency, ease burden for states and improve public access to data
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries, and other facilities by converting to an electronic data reporting system. The proposed e-reporting rule would make facility-specific information, such as inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring results, and other data required by permits accessible to the public through EPA's website.
Billerica, Mass. Company to Pay $2.6+ Million for Alleged Pesticide Violations
EMD Millipore Corporation, of Billerica, Mass., has agreed to pay $2,681,500 in civil penalties to settle EPA allegations that it violated the federal pesticide law and regulations on numerous instances over many years.
In a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO), EPA alleged that EMD Millipore Corp. violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) on numerous occasions since 2008 by producing, importing, distributing and selling pesticidal devices in violation of federal pesticide requirements. The devices were used in laboratories for research, development and manufacturing purposes. Although the allegations of noncompliance were serious and involved numerous violations over years, EPA is not aware of any specific human health or environmental harm caused by the violations in this case.
STATEMENTS: Senior EPA Officials Pay Tribute to Ira Leighton, who Helped Shape Environmental Protection since 1972
EPA officials made the following statements regarding the passing, on July 26, 2013, of Ira W. Leighton, of Holliston, Mass., Deputy Regional Administrator of US EPA Region 1:
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy:
"During his 41 years of public service, Ira Leighton was truly a force for environmental protection and an institution within EPA. Ira was innovative, practical, and results-oriented, and his dedication and leadership were crucial to many Agency initiatives. He improved the quality of life for millions of people across the country."
July 26, 2013
TUESDAY: Newly Confirmed EPA Chief Gina McCarthy to Deliver Remarks at Harvard Law School
On Tuesday, newly-confirmed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in Cambridge, MA to deliver remarks at Harvard Law School. This will be her first public speech since being confirmed as EPA Administrator by the U.S. Senate. McCarthy will discuss her vision for the EPA and challenges the Agency will face going forward. She will also highlight her commitment to carrying out President Obama's Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution and address the impacts of climate change.
July 24, 2013
EPA Expands List of Safer Chemical Ingredients
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) today added more than 130 chemicals to its Safer Chemical Ingredients List. For the first time, 119 fragrance chemicals for commercial and consumer cleaning products have been added to the list.
EPA Software Helps Reduce Water Pollution as Part of President's Climate Action Plan / National stormwater calculator helps manage stormwater runoff
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the National Stormwater Calculator, an innovative addition to the administration's virtual climate resilience toolkit. EPA's new calculator will help property owners, developers, landscapers, and urban planners make informed land-use decisions to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. Preventing stormwater runoff, which can impact drinking water resources and local ecosystems, protects people's health and the environment.
July 23, 2013
Coming Soon: The EPA Federal Certification Plan – a Mechanism to Certify Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides within Indian Country
Later this year, the EPA will release the EPA Plan for the Federal Certification of Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) within Indian Country. The EPA is taking this step to make RUPs available for use in Indian country where no current certification mechanisms exist. This action will give pesticide applicators who apply or seek to apply in Indian country access to the same pest control tools available elsewhere in the United States and ensure that these applicators have met competency standards.
July 12, 2013
Pesticide News Story: Register for EPA-hosted Webinar on School Integrated Pest Management, Healthier School Environments
On Tuesday, July 23, from 3pm to 4pm EDT, the EPA will host a webinar on School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as part of the Agency's Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments webinar series. The webinar, titled Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Protecting Kids from Pests and Pesticides, will cover areas such as the basics of school IPM, and cost-effective ways to implement school IPM. This webinar is intended for school staff such as facility managers, custodial staff, district administrators, principals, and school board members.
July 11, 2013
August 8, 2013: Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC) Teleconference
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a teleconference meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The FRRCC is a policy-oriented committee that provides policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.
Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the Committee in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental policies and programs that affect and engage agriculture and rural communities.
DATES: The Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee will hold a public teleconference on August 8, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA East Building, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 1132, Washington, DC 20004.
Nature's Best, LLC, to Pay $19,669 Civil Penalty for Violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
Nature's Best, LLC, of Inwood, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $19,669 civil penalty to resolve violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
The penalty stems from 20 alleged sales or distributions of 18 different unregistered pesticide products, including plant regulators, insecticides, and fungicides, and one count for production of pesticides in a facility that was not registered with EPA as a pesticide-producing establishment from 2010 to 2012. Among other products, the matter involved the sale and distribution of plant growth regulators, which FIFRA regulates as pesticides.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Forchlorfenuron; Temporary Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes temporary tolerances for residues of forchlorfenuron in or on multiple commodities (July 31)
- Pyroxasulfone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of pyroxasulfone in or on multiple commodities (July 31)
- Trifluralin; Pesticide Tolerance -- establishes a tolerance for residues of trifluralin in or on the oilseed crop group 20 (July 31)
- Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations; Correction -- EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register issue of June 26, 2013, concerning EPA's order for the cancellation of certain pesticide registrations. This document is being issued to correct the effective date of the cancellations of only the resmethrin products identified in that June 26, 2013 notice (July 31)
- Notification of Submission to the Secretary of Agriculture; Pesticides, Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions -- notifies the public as required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that the EPA Administrator has forwarded to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) a draft regulatory document concerning Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions (July 26)
- Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments To Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations -- In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of request for amendments by registrants to delete uses in certain pesticide registrations (July 25)
- Imazosulfuron; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of imazosulfuron in or on the melon subgroup 9A and the tuberous and corm subgroup 1C (July 24)
- Mancozeb; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of mancozeb in or on walnuts and tangerines (July 24)
- Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities -- announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities (July 19)
- Hexythiazox; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes new tolerances and revises existing tolerances for residues of hexythiazox in or on multiple commodities (July 17)
- Spirotetramat; Proposed Pesticide Tolerances -- proposes to establish tolerances for residues of spirotetramat in or on persimmon and sweet corn, kernel plus cob with husks removed; and to revise established tolerances in or on feijoa, papaya, and Spanish lime under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) (July 17)
- Ethalfluralin; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of ethalfluralin in or on rapeseed subgroup 20A and sunflower subgroup 20B. This regulation additionally removes the established tolerances in or on mustard, seed; rapeseed, seed; safflower, seed; and sunflower, seed, as they will be superseded by the tolerances established by this final rule. (July 15)
- Fenbuconazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of fenbuconazole in or on pepper (July 15)
- Chlorpyrifos; Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing chlorpyrifos, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (July 15)
- Novaluron; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of novaluron in or on peanut and soybean, seed (July 3)
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