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News Archive: June 2013

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June 2013
June 2013 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
The June issue looks at upcoming webcasts on monoslope barns and phosphorus bioavailability. Also check out a new online course on animal ag & climate change, the Waste to Worth proceedings hub, and grid sampling. The air quality section of the site recently was awarded a Blue Ribbon from ASABE. Check out the national resources area for information on national water grants, dairy sustainability, and USDA's climate vision. The hot topics this month are on fly larva as feed and foaming manure pits. As always there are highlights from state programs and events & announcements. More...

Comprehensive Livestock Environmental Assessment and Nutrient Management Plan Project (CLEAN-East Project) Report and Video Are Now Available
The CLEAN-East project is a cooperative agreement awarded by EPA to RTI International in 2007.  The cooperative agreement was awarded to develop and deploy Technical Assistance Professionals (TAPs) to assist owners and operators of beef, dairy, poultry, swine, and other livestock operations with EAs and the development of Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs)
Last December, RTI International (with sub-agreement recipient North Carolina State University) completed a report on nutrient management planning and environment assessment services to more than 400 animal feeding operations in the eastern U.S.  The report contains summary information and statistics about findings, descriptions of tools developed and a case study analysis of farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  The project covers the 27 states located east of the Mississippi River.  In addition, a video was produced about the performance of the project with interviews of two farm operators who participated. 

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June 26, 2013
Connecticut Organizations and Residents Receive Prestigious EPA Environmental Award
Seven organizations and individuals in Connecticut were honored today at the 2013 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony of the US Environmental Protection Agency. They were among 28 recipients across New England recognized for their significant contributions to environmental awareness and problem-solving.

June 24, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Solicits Public Review and Comment on Draft Information Collection Request for Tier 2 Data for Pesticide Chemicals for Endocrine Disruptor Screening
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating a 60-day public review and comment on a draft Information Collection Request (ICR) for collecting Tier 2 test data for a subset of pesticides (referred to by the Agency as List 1 chemicals) that have the potential to interact with the endocrine system. The ICR estimates the paperwork burden imposed by requesting data on these chemicals.

June 21, 2013
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee to Meet July 10-11, 2013
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on Wednesday, July 10, from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm, and Thursday, July 11, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The meeting will be held in EPA's first floor conference center at One Potomac Yard, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Information on the location of EPA's building and how to reach it by public transportation or car is available athttp://www.epa.gov/pesticides/contacts/officelocation.htm.
A draft agenda will be available by July 2 on the PPDC Web page at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc/. All meetings are free, open to the public, and no advance registration is required. 

W/T Land and Cattle settles with EPA for water pollution violations
W/T Land & Cattle, Inc., has reached a $42,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for discharging pollutants to the Boise River without a Clean Water Act permit. W/T Land & Cattle is a cattle feedlot located on the banks of the Boise River near Notus, Idaho. In 2011, EPA received numerous local complaints that the facility was flooded with water from the Boise River. Later, inspection results and other information showed W/T Land & Cattle had been discharging pollution to the Boise River during and after flood events. As flood water receded, the feedlot waste in the water moved through the sandy soil and a permeable berm to reach the river.

June 18, 2013
EPA Launches New FIFRA Section 18 Emergency Exemption Online Training Resource
The EPA is announcing a new online training resource for the Section 18 Emergency Exemption Program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Section 18 of FIFRA authorizes the EPA to allow an unregistered use of a pesticide for a limited time if we determine that an emergency condition exists and risks from the proposed use are acceptable.
The primary goal of this online resource is to assist state and federal agencies in determining situations where it is appropriate to request a section 18 emergency exemption and, when doing so, how to submit a complete and accurate application to facilitate a timely and effective review by the EPA.

June 14, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Makes Available Information Collection Request for Revised Second List of Chemicals for Endocrine Disruptor Screening
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating a 30-day public review and sending to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the Information Collection Request (ICR) for collecting data for a second list of chemicals that will be screened for their potential to interact with the endocrine systems of humans and wildlife. Concurrently, the EPA is making available the list of chemicals covered by the ICR and related policies and procedures for collecting data. The ICR estimates the burden imposed by requesting data on these chemicals.

Pesticide News Story: EPA Solicits School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Grant Proposals for 2013
The EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for new School IPM assistance agreements for projects that further the implementation of verifiable IPM in and around the nation's public and tribal schools. The total amount available will be $700,000, and the Agency anticipates funding approximately three projects, primarily as cooperative agreements, with a maximum funding level of $250,000 per project.

June 7, 2013
Monsanto Company receives First Place Gulf Guardian Award in the Business/Industry Category
The Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced the Monsanto Company will receive a First Place 2013 Gulf Guardian Award in the Business/Industry Category for their Mississippi Watershed Project. The awards ceremony will be held on June 26, 2013, at the Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt beginning at 6PM.
The Monsanto Mississippi River Project engaged four NGOs (Audubon Society, Delta Wildlife, Iowa Soybean Association, and The Nature Conservancy) to advance conservation efforts that are reducing sediment and nutrients flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. The partnership effort was used to leverage conservation investments throughout the project area which are producing significant and quantifiable improvements in water quality, while creating and improving habitat for many species of fish and wildlife. With this project, Monsanto has set the bar for agribusiness conservation investments in the Mississippi River Basin.

June 6, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Announces New Guidance and Policies for an Integrated Approach to Pesticide Testing and Assessment
Strategic Direction for New Pesticide Testing and Assessment Approaches." The EPA is developing and evaluating new technologies in molecular, cellular and computational sciences to supplement or replace more traditional methods of toxicity testing and risk assessment. This document creates a framework for hypothesis-based, systematic integration of exposure and hazard information to assess pesticide risk. OPP's strategic direction is consistent with the 2007 and 2009 National Research Council reports, "Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy" and "Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment." These actions are significant milestones toward the agency's longer term vision for a paradigm shift to 21st Century science.

June 4, 2013
EPA and USDA Join Together To Help Americans Reduce Wasted Food
Today EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce the launch of a challenge that asks farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities and government agencies to reduce wasted food. The U.S. Food Waste Challenge builds upon the success of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge to help more Americans do their part to reduce food waste.

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