News Archive: June 2014
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June 25, 2014
EPA Announces Revised Interim Guidance for Efficacy Evaluations of Products Making Clostridium Difficile Claims
The Environmental Protection Agency is revising the interim guidance for conducting efficacy evaluations of products making sporicidal claims against Clostridium difficile. Antimicrobial pesticide registrants and the laboratories that provide data to support their registrations should begin using the new Guidance for the Efficacy Evaluation of Products with Sporicidal Claims Against Clostridium difficile. The new guidelines will help ensure that EPA-registered antimicrobial pesticides are effective against C. difficile, which is especially critical in health care settings.
US EPA Administrator to Deliver Remarks at George Mason University’s Washington Youth Summit on the Environment
On Thursday, June 26, 2014, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver remarks to 200 high school students participating in George Mason University’s Washington Youth Summit on the Environment program. Administrator McCarthy’s speech will focus on climate change with an emphasis on the Clean Power Plan proposal, a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.
June 20, 2014
EPA is Advancing Pollinator Science and Sharing Useful Information with Growers and Beekeepers
On June 20, 2014, President Obama issued a directive to federal agencies to create a federal strategy to promote honey bee and other pollinator health. The President’s directive created a Pollinator Health Task Force, co-chaired by EPA and USDA, and charged federal agencies with expanding federal efforts and taking new steps to reverse pollinator losses. Scientists believe that honey bee losses are likely caused by multiple stressors, including poor bee nutrition, loss of forage lands, parasites, pathogens, and pesticides. EPA will address the role of pesticides and take action, as appropriate, to protect pollinators. Read President Obama's directive.
June 18, 2014
Tractor Supply Company settles with EPA for failure to properly report propane storage at five Washington retail locations
Tractor Supply Company (dba Del’s Feed and Farm Supply Stores) has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. According to the settlement, the company failed to properly report propane storage at five facilities in Washington and has agreed to pay a $134,400 penalty to resolve those violations.
June 17, 2014
EPA and Partners Celebrate Nation’s Largest Federally Owned Wind Farm; Site near Amarillo now generates power for nearby plant
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partner organizations celebrated the dedication of the Pantex Renewable Energy Project (PREP) near Amarillo, TX. The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led the development of the project, which includes the nation’s largest federally owned wind farm.
June 12, 2014
McGregor Company’s Nezperce, ID, Facility Nets EPA Penalty for Pesticide Violations
The McGregor Company, one of the largest independent fertilizer, agri-chemical, and equipment dealers in the Pacific Northwest, has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act at its Nezperce, Idaho, pesticide repackaging and refilling facility. The settlement included a $24,720 penalty.
Wilco-Winfield, LLC, Oregon pesticide re-packager, settles with EPA for pesticide violations at its Mt. Angel facility
Wilco-Winfield, LLC, an Oregon pesticide refilling and repackaging company, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The action was taken following an inspection conducted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in February 2013. As part of the settlement, EPA assessed a $15,360 civil penalty against the company.
June 6, 2014
EPA Opens Public Comment Period on Reinstituted Buffer Zones for Five Pesticides to Protect Pacific Salmon
EPA is requesting comments on a proposed stipulated injunction that, among other things, would reinstitute streamside no-spray buffer zones to protect endangered or threatened Pacific salmon and steelhead in California, Oregon and Washington state. The stipulated injunction would settle litigation brought against EPA by the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides and others in U.S. District Court in Washington state. These buffers were originally established by the same court in prior litigation brought against EPA by the Washington Toxics Coalition and others. Like the original buffer zones, the limitations in this proposed stipulated injunction would be part of a court order but would not be enforceable as labeling requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. To view the interactive map displaying the areas where buffer zones apply, go to www.epa.gov/espp/litstatus/wtc/uselimitation.htm.
EPA Ensures Company Discloses Pesticide Hazards
Today, a Milwaukee pesticide manufacturer paid a $738,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for advertising “Rozol Prairie Dog Bait” (Rozol PD) without identifying it as a “restricted use” pesticide, and for making unapproved claims about the pesticide, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
EPA Announces Funding for Tribes to Clean Up Diesel Engines
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that grant funding is available for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from older diesel engines. Diesel engines are extremely efficient, but emit air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM). These pollutants are linked to serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, other respiratory ailments, and premature death. This is the first time EPA is offering a separate tribal request for proposals for diesel emission reduction program (DERA) funds, and is in response to feedback from tribal communities.
June 5, 2014
New Educational Materials on Prairie Dog Control Pesticides Available for Certified Applicators
The Environmental Protection Agency has developed educational materials for certified pesticide applicators who use the anticoagulant rodenticides Rozol and Kaput-D Prairie Dog Bait to control black-tailed prairie dogs. The educational materials include a stewardship training program and instructions for conducting line transect searches.
These materials and additional information, including two videos, are available on EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/espp/anti-prairie-dog-bait-prod.html.
June 2, 2014
EPA Response to Petition by Growers for Endangered Species Act Transparency
EPA is responding to a petition submitted by Growers for Endangered Species Act Transparency. The petition, received in 2010, requested that EPA take action to establish clear and equitable procedures for notice and comment on EPA’s pesticide effects determinations for endangered species and other related actions.
Transparency and stakeholder involvement are a vital part of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. EPA has taken steps to address the concerns raised in the petition through a number of projects.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment -- EPA is opening the public comment period for several registration reviews (Jun. 25)
- Pyroxasulfone; Pesticide Tolerances -- amends tolerances for residues of pyroxasulfone in or on corn, field, forage and corn, field, grain (June 18)
- Spirodiclofen; Pesticide Tolerances -- amends a tolerance for residues of spirodiclofen in or on citrus, oil (June 11)
- Tricyclazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of tricyclazole in or on imported rice (June 11)
- Pesticides; Consideration of Volatilization in Pesticide Risk Assessment: Reopening of Comment Period -- EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register issue of March 26, 2014, concerning the availability of several guidance documents for public comment. This document reopens the comment period for 30 days. (June 11)
- Flutriafol; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes, amends, and removes tolerances for residues of flutriafol in or on multiple commodities (June 6)
- Imazapic; Pesticide Tolerances; Technical Correction -- EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of August 16, 2013, concerning the establishment of a tolerance for imazapic in or on sugarcane, cane (June 4)
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