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News Archive: March 2006

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March 31
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting
There will be a three-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to review an analysis of a refuge of non-cotton hosts for Monsanto Bollgard II[reg] cotton. Specifically, the Agency is seeking input from the Scientific Advisory Panel on whether a natural refuge of non cotton hosts is an effective refuge to delay the potential for tobacco budworm resistance to the proteins (Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab2) expressed in Bollgard II[reg] cotton. The meeting will be held on June 13-15, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m., eastern time.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

March 29
Manure/Nutrient Management Web Site Launched Exit EPA
Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP) Watch is a new Web site for manure and nutrient management planning information. It is designed to assist the agriculture livestock industry and others with information and guidance related to nutrient management plans and CNMPs. The site is made possible by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Research Foundation through funding from EPA's Office of Wastewater Management. The site also provides state-by-state information on specific requirements. The site is intended for the agricultural livestock industry, federal and state government agencies, and agricultural service providers, but can be valuable for agriculture as a whole, the environmental community, and the general public.

Comments Invited on Cumulative Risk Assessment for Chloroacetanilide Pesticide Group; Acetochlor TRED Released
EPA has released its cumulative risk assessment for the chloroacetanilide group of pesticides and has opened a public comment period on these documents. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0202, must be received on or before May 30, 2006. Concurrently, the Agency has released its Tolerance Reassessment Progress and Risk Management Decision (TRED) for the chloroacetanilide pesticide acetochlor. The Agency's risk assessments and other related supporting documents are available in the acetochlor docket, EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0227.

Methyl Bromide Revised Risk Assessment Available for Comment
EPA has released its revised risk assessment for use of the pesticide methyl bromide in enclosures, chambers, and structural food processing/storage facilities (i.e. uses that result in a food tolerance). The public is invited to comment on risk reduction options for methyl bromide's commodity uses and to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for methyl bromide through the full six-phase public participation process. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0123, must be received on or before May 30, 2006.

March 28
EPA, Corps of Engineers Move To Improve Wetlands Restoration and Conservation
EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) have proposed a new rule to ensure more effective wetlands restoration and preservation nationwide. The rule, being published for public comment, proposes improved science- and results-oriented standards to increase the quality and effectiveness of wetlands conservation practices under the Clean Water Act. Comments, identified by docket number EPA-HQ-OW-2006-0020 and/or RIN 0710-AA55, must be received on or before May 30, 2006.

New Telephone Line Established for Information About Antimicrobial Pesticides
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is now taking inquiries, via their telephone help-line and web-based services, regarding antimicrobial pesticides and pesticide products. Therefore, EPA's Antimicrobial Division hotline has been terminated, and EPA web pages with references to the Agency hotline are being updated to reflect this change. NPIC, a cooperative effort of Oregon State University and EPA, provides objective, science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related subjects. The toll-free phone service is available daily, 6:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (PT) at 1-800-858-7378.

March 27
EPA Settles for $31,200 with Southern California Chemical Manufacturer Over Pesticide Violations
EPA has fined Grow More, Inc., of Gardena, California, $31,200 for the alleged sale and distribution of a misbranded antimicrobial disinfectant in violation of federal pesticide law. The EPA cited the company for selling and distributing “Naccosan Concentrate Cleaner,” a one-step pesticidal disinfectant designed for use in veterinary clinics and greenhouses to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. EPA’s testing of Naccosan’s effectiveness determined that, contrary to the claims on the disinfectant’s label, Naccosan was ineffective against this microorganism.

March 24
Briefing Materials for Upcoming Data Requirements Workshops Available Electronically
On March 17, EPA invited the public to participate in two workshops to discuss the provisions of a recently proposed rule that would update and revise the data requirements for registering biochemical and microbial pesticides. Materials that EPA will use in the workshops will also be available in the docket before the workshops. The docket contains the proposed rule, other related notices, and supporting materials. To access the docket for this proposed rulemaking:

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March 24
2006 AgSTAR National Conference
EPA's AgSTAR Program is pleased to announce the AgSTAR National Conference: Anaerobic Digestion for Livestock Waste Management & Energy Production, which will be held at The Madison Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin on April 25-26, 2006. EPA's AgSTAR Program will sponsor a two-day conference highlighting the status and future direction of anaerobic digestion of animal wastes. The conference is geared toward the technical state of the art, energy markets, and utility business models.

The conference will explore the benefits of anaerobic digestion with respect to reduction of the impacts of animal wastes on air and water quality and the economic feasibility of anaerobic digestion. The conference will also discuss the assistance and incentives available to encourage the utilization of this technology. This year's conference will also feature a pre-conference session on the Methane to Markets Partnership. This Partnership is a voluntary, non-binding framework for international cooperation to advance the recovery and use of methane as a valuable clean energy source in the developing world. The role of the Partnership is to bring diverse organizations together with international governments to catalyze the development of methane projects in key sectors, including livestock waste management.

The hotel cut-off date is this Monday, March 27th, for room reservations during the AgSTAR National Conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, on April 25 & 26. Our group rate is $99 single/$109 double per night and it is available by calling the hotel directly at 608-257-6000 and referencing the AgSTAR National Conference.

March 22
EPA Launches Campaign To Protect Families of Migrant Farm Workers From Pesticides

As part of National Poison Prevention Week, EPA has announced that it is working with the Migrant Clinicians' Network on a campaign aimed at educating farm workers about how to protect their families from the potential dangers of pesticides. The campaign, "La Proteccion De Su Familia Esta En Sus Manos" (The Protection of Your Family Is in Your Hands), will be done in Spanish, since the vast majority of farm workers are Spanish-speaking, and will consist of television, radio, and print interviews. The campaign will educate families about steps they can take to reduce pesticides residue exposures from their clothes, hands and shoes.

AAPCO / SFIREG Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management Sets Public Meeting
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management will meet April 3-4, 2006, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

Carbofuran Risk Assessment Available for Comment
EPA has released its revised risk assessments for the N-methyl carbamate pesticide carbofuran and has opened a public comment period on these documents. EPA is developing an Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED) for carbofuran through the full six-phase public participation process. Comments, identified by docket ID number OPP-2005-0162, must be received on or before May 22, 2006.

Xylene Reregistration Eligibility Decision Available for Comment
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the low-risk pesticide xylene. EPA has reviewed xylene through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process. Comments, identified by docket ID number OPP-2006-0145, must be received on or before May 22, 2006.

EPA Invites Comments on Reregistration Eligibility Decisions for Poly(hexamethylenebiguanide) hydrochloride; Para Tertiary-Amylphenol and Salts; 1, 2-Benzisothiazolin-3-one; and Azadioxabicyclooctane
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decisions for the pesticides poly (hexamethylenebiguanide) hydrochloride (PHMB); para tertiary-amylphenol and salts (4-t); 1, 2-benzisothiazolin-3-one (BIT); and azadioxabicyclooctane (Aza). EPA's risk assessments and other related documents are also available in the dockets for PHMB, 4-t, BIT and Aza. EPA has reviewed these chemicals through a modified, four-phase version of the public participation process. Comments must be received on or before May 22, 2006.

Comment Period Open on Reregistration Eligibility Decisions for Trichloromelamine, Sulfonated Oleic Acid-Sodium Salt, and Triethylene Glycol
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decisions for the low-risk pesticides trichloromelamine, sulfonated oleic acid-sodium salt, and triethylene glycol, and has opened a public comment period on these documents, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed these chemicals through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process. Comments must be received on or before May 22, 2006.

March 17
Dogs Killed from Herbicide Misuse
EPA has issued a notice of warning to a Strasburg, Colorado, resident for misuse of the herbicide Paraquat Plus. The man allegedly soaked meat in Paraquat Plus, then placed the meat on nearby property for the purpose of killing coyotes. Three dogs in the area have died from eating the paraquat-contaminated meat. Other dogs have been exposed to the meat, including two currently being treated for paraquat poisoning. The matter is under investigation by the Adams County sheriff's office and the Colorado Department of Wildlife.

Comment Period Open for Bromine Tolerance Reassessment Decision
EPA has released its Tolerance Reassessment Decision (TRED) for the pesticide bromine and has opened a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other supporting documents. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0143, must be received on or before April 17, 2006.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

March 15
EPA Announces Workshops on Data Requirements for Biochemical, Microbial Pesticides

EPA is convening two public workshops to explain the provisions of its recently proposed rule updating and revising data requirements for registration of biochemical and microbial pesticides. The first workshop will be March 30, 2006, in the Washington, DC, area. The second workshop will be April 11, 2006, in the Sacramento, California, area. Some of the proposed revisions apply to the data submission process, including revised policy on data waivers, consultations, and pre/post-submission meetings. During the workshop, persons in attendance will be able to ask questions regarding the material being presented.

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Spray Drift Work Group Sets Public Meeting
The Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) Spray Drift Work Group will hold a public meeting March 29-30, 2006, at EPA's offices in Arlington, Virginia. An agenda is being developed and will be posted on EPA's Web site. The work group is developing input and advice concerning spray drift for EPA's Offices of Water and Pesticide Programs.

March 10
Comments Invited on Draft Guidance for FY 2007 Water Program
The National Water Program has published draft FY 2007 guidance and is seeking comment from states, tribes, and other interested parties. Comments are due by March 31.

Second National Water Quality Trading Conference
The Second National Water Quality Trading Conference has been scheduled for May 23-25, 2006, in Pittsburgh. This conference will highlight the economic and environmental benefits of water quality trading. A collaboration of EPA, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Farm Foundation, the conference will explore opportunities and challenges associated with developing trading programs.

March 9
Pesticide Human Studies Review Board Sets First Meeting
EPA has scheduled the first public meeting of the new Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) for April 4-6, 2006, in Arlington, Virginia. EPA has established the independent board to obtain expert peer review on scientific and ethical issues related to human subject research. EPA invited public comment by March 14, 2006, on a "short list" of 20 individuals proposed for HSRB membership.

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March 8
Comments Invited on Data Requirements for Biochemical and Microbial Pesticides
EPA is proposing to update and revise its data requirements for the registration of microbial and biochemical pesticide products to reflect current scientific knowledge. These proposed revisions are intended to provide EPA with data and other information necessary to support the registration of a biochemical and microbial pesticide product, and will improve the Agency's ability to make regulatory decisions about the human health and environmental effects of these pesticide products. EPA is announcing its intent to provide assistance to applicants in some narrow circumstances in preparation of an applicant's data waiver. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0415, must be received on or before June 6, 2006.

March 6
Cattle Feedlot Operator in Iowa Cited for Clean Water Act Violations
EPA Region 7 has cited Lauritsen Cattle Company, a feedlot operator in southwestern Iowa, for illegally discharging pollutants into a tributary of the East Nishnabotna River in violation of the Clean Water Act. The operator also has failed to fully comply with the Iowa Open Feedlot Plan. EPA ordered Lauritsen Cattle Company (Lauritsen) to build proper livestock waste control structures to stop feedlot wastewater and runoff from further damaging the environment. Lauritsen had been violating the law by operating its cattle feedlot without those controls. In addition, Lauritsen has agreed to pay a $29,700 penalty. The enforcement case will be finalized in mid-March, subject to public comment during a 40-day comment period.

March 2
EPA Offers Aid To Improve Quality of Agricultural Watersheds
EPA announced that it is offering grants to improve water quality in watersheds in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. EPA intends to award an estimated $300,000 to eligible applicants. EPA is soliciting proposals from a broad range of groups, including tribes, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and regional, state, county, and local governments. Grant proposals are due to EPA by May 11, 2006. These Watershed Improvement Grants will emphasize water quality improvements in agricultural watersheds by supporting innovative ways to use less and lower-risk pesticides and increase farmers’ adoption of ecologically based approaches using integrated crop, pest, soil, and water management methods.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

March 1
EPA Orders Nordman Feedlots to Stop Discharges
EPA Region 5 has ordered Nordman Feedlots Inc., Oregon, Ill., to stop all unauthorized discharges of manure and wastewater and comply with the Clean Water Act. EPA also ordered the company to apply to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for a discharge permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. In June 2005, EPA inspected the feedlot and found it is a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) under the Clean Water Act because 2,000 cattle were confined at the site. The inspector also reported that pollutants from the facility were not contained and polluted runoff was discharging to an unnamed ditch that drains to the Kyte River, a tributary of the Rock River.

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