News Archive: June 2012
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June 26, 2012
Nisso America, Inc., to Pay $6,864 Civil Penalty for Failure to Label and File Notice of Imported Pesticide
Nisso America, Inc., a subsidiary of Nippon Soda Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan, has agreed to pay a $6,864 civil penalty to the United States for failing to properly label 44 drums containing 880 pounds of imported pesticides from Italy as well as failing to provide EPA with a required notice that it had imported the drums.
June 25, 2012
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Meeting Scheduled for July 2 in Lexington, Neb.
EPA Region 7 representatives will host a public informational meeting for livestock producers about the Agency's inspection program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on Monday, July 2, in Lexington, Neb. EPA Region 7's inspections are part of an increased national emphasis on ending harmful discharges of pollutants from CAFOs into rivers and streams.
EPA Expands Real-Time Monitoring of Kansas City Area Streams and Launches KCWaterBug Mobile Application
EPA and local partners will gather on Wednesday, June 27 in Riverside, Mo., to announce an expansion of water-quality monitoring of Kansas City area streams and introduce a related application for smartphones and mobile devices.
Decision Issued on Nebraska's Water Quality Standards
EPA has completed its review of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's new and revised water quality standards. The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires states to review water quality standards every three years and submit new or revised standards to EPA for review and approval.
EPA Announces New Members of Agricultural Advisory Committee
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced new members of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC) for its 2012-2014 term. The FRRCC is an independent committee that advises EPA on a wide range of environmental issues that are important to agriculture and rural communities.
"The committee has provided thoughtful and substantive insights on agricultural and environmental issues over the past two years," said Lawrence Elworth, agricultural counselor to the administrator. "We have appreciated the contributions of the committee members and look forward to continued constructive engagement on key issues as the new committee begins its work."
EPA Administrator Jackson Participates in the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development
Tuesday, June 19, to Friday, June 22, 2012, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will join international policy-makers, business leaders and youth leaders at the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. Discussions will focus on actions individuals, institutions, governments, and the private sector can take to achieve environmental protection, social development and economic prosperity over the next 20 years.
June 7, 2012
U.S. EPA Launches First Waste to Biogas Mapping Tool
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Pacific Southwest Region has launched an online "waste to biogas mapping tool" to support the use of organic waste for energy projects.
June 1, 2012
Pesticide News Story: NMFS Issues Final Biological Opinion for Three Pesticides
On May 31, 2012, EPA received the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS') final Biological Opinion relative to the potential effects of the pesticides oryzalin, pendimethalin and trifluralin on federally listed threatened or endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead and their designated critical habitat.
Pesticide News Story: Final Version of DEEM-FCID is Available
After considering feedback on the beta (evaluation) version of the Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model-Food Commodity Intake Database, the EPA is releasing the final version of the software. DEEM-FCID is a dietary exposure analysis system for performing chronic and acute exposure assessments. This final version will be used for regulatory purposes to conduct dietary risk assessments for estimating exposure and establishing pesticide tolerances. This version of DEEM-FCID contains more recent food commodity consumption data derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey/"What We Eat in America" for 2003-2008 (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.html). It replaces the USDA Continuing Survey of Food Intake by Individuals, 1994-96/1998 data, that has been used in dietary assessments.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Propiconazole -- establishes tolerances for residues of propiconazole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document (June 27)
- Cyflufenamid -- establishes tolerances for residues of cyflufenamid in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document (June 27)
- Air Quality: Revision to Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds--Exclusion of trans-1,3,3,3 tetrafluoropropene -- revises the EPA's definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) (June 22)
- Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances; Withdrawal of Significant New Use Rule -- withdrawing a significant new use rule (SNUR) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances identified generically as complex strontium aluminum, rare earth doped, which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs) P-12-22, P-12-23, P-12-24, P-12-25, and P-12-26 (June 22)
- Sedaxane; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of sedaxane in or on multiple food commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document (June 20)
- Methyl Bromide -- establishes a tolerance for residues of methyl bromide in or on cotton, undelinted seed under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) (June 13)
- Killed, Nonviable Streptomyces acidiscabies Strain RL-110\T\; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of killed, nonviable Streptomyces acidiscabies strain RL-110\T\ in or on all food commodities when applied as a pre- or post-emergent herbicide and used in accordance with good agricultural practices (June 13)
- Fenamidone -- establishing tolerances for residues of fenamidone in or on various commodities (June 1)
- 2,6-Diisopropylnaphthalene (2,6-DIPN) and Its Metabolites and Degradates
-- amends the tolerances for residues of 2,6- Diisopropylnaphthalene (2,6-DIPN) and it's metabolites and degradates in or on certain commodities discussed in this document (June 1)
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