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News Archive: March 2007

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March 31
Pesticide Data Submitters List Updated
The Pesticide Data Submitters List is a compilation of names and addresses of registrants who wish to be notified and offered compensation for use of their data. It was developed to assist pesticide applicants in fulfilling their obligation as required by sections 3(c)(1)(f) and 3(c)(2)(D) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and 40 CFR Part 152 sub part E regarding ownership of data used to support registration. When applying for registration of a pesticide product, a registrant may develop and submit the required data, cite all previously submitted data, or cite selected data. When an applicant cites data previously submitted by another pesticide registrant, the applicant must make a valid offer to pay compensation to the owner of that data.

March 30
PPDC PRIA Process Improvement Workgroup Meeting Set for April 10, 2007
On Tuesday, April 10, 2007, from 1- 4 p.m., EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs will hold a meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee's Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2003 (PRIA) Process Improvement Workgroup. The objective of this workgroup is to identify and evaluate potential reforms to the pesticide registration process. The goal is to reduce the amount of time the Agency takes to process an application under PRIA.

Six New Registration Review Dockets Open for Comment
EPA has established dockets for six pesticides that are being reviewed under the Agency's Registration Review Program. Dockets for the following pesticides are open for public comment until June 26, 2007: clofentezine, cyromazine, fenarimol, fomesafen, paclobutrazol, and triflumizole. A seventh pesticide, pyridate, is no longer scheduled for registration review, and the Agency will not open a docket for this pesticide because it has no active federal registrations. Through registration review, EPA is reviewing all Agency-registered pesticides every 15 years to ensure that each pesticide performs its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment.

EPA Releases Clean Water State Revolving Fund 2006 Annual Report
EPA invested more than $900 million in 2006 to help states and municipalities update their wastewater infrastructure. Combined with state contributions, total financial assistance for wastewater projects topped $5 billion for the first time according to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) 2006 Annual Report. Since the CWSRF program began 20 years ago, more than 18,000 loans totaling more than $57 billion have been provided to help rebuild and refurbish the nation's wastewater infrastructure.

March 29
New Technology Featured at Annual California Biomass Collaborative and West Coast Collaborative
EPA's western regional administrators, Wayne Nastri and Elin D. Miller, joined California's academia, industry, and regulators to showcase agriculture's latest and most innovative pollution reduction technologies. The event was hosted jointly by the California Biomass Collaborative and EPA's West Coast Collaborative. University of California at Davis hosted the event at the Western Center for Agricultural Equipment, which showcased the university's biodiesel fleet.

March 28
EPA Offers Data-Submission Tips for Biopesticide Registrants
EPA has released recommendations that may assist registrants in reducing common mistakes when preparing and submitting biopesticide product chemistry data. There is also information on Confidential Statement of Formula (CSF) tips, and tips on product chemistry, such as biochemical pesticides, microbial pest control agents, and plant-incorporated protectants.

March 27
EPA Fines Two New York Firms for Selling Off-Spec, Misbranded Products
A pesticide producer and a telemarketer and distributor in Suffolk County, New York, will pay a total of $145,000 for violating the federal pesticide law. Both companies allegedly sold off-spec, misbranded products, with the second also making false claims, according to EPA. The Agency cited the Topaz Turf Corporation in Holtsville and its distributor, Southern Chemical Supply, Inc. in Bohemia. In its complaint, EPA alleged that both companies had been involved in distributing off-spec and misbranded pesticides to the public since at least October 2003. Topaz has agreed to pay $65,000 and Southern has agreed to pay $80,000 in financial penalties under the agreements with EPA.

March 23
Pesticide Program 2006 Annual Report Available
EPA's Pesticide Program has released its 2006 annual report. The report provides an overview of the range of accomplishments of the national pesticide program for fiscal year 2006. Highlights include accomplishments in meeting Food Quality Protection Act deadlines, cumulative risk assessment decisions for three pesticide groups, review of pesticide active ingredients, endangered species program accomplishments, and much more. A listing of new pesticide active ingredients registered in 2006 is also available.

March 22
EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Publishes Fiscal Year 2006 Accomplishments Report (PDF)
(32 pp, 993K)
EPA has released the fiscal year (FY) 2006 accomplishments of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). These results demonstrate that EPA is making significant progress in protecting the nation’s environment and public health, and achieving lasting environmental results. The OECA FY 2006 accomplishments rank among the top three years in the Agency’s history. Environmental results are apparent through America’s cleaner air, purer water, and better-protected land. This report highlights a variety of areas in which significant environmental accomplishments and results were obtained.

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March 21
EPA Awards Grant to UC Davis for Dairy Manure Technology Review
EPA awarded the University of California, Davis nearly $15,000 to review technology for managing and treating dairy manure in the San Joaquin Valley. The grant will fund a comprehensive review and a Web-based clearinghouse of technologies designed to curb environmental impacts on soil, water, and air that are caused by cow manure generated at dairies. Government agencies, environmental groups, dairy industry groups, and UC Davis will be invited to participate in a panel reviewing these technologies and their costs, environmental impacts, and resource needs. UC Davis will also maintain an online clearinghouse of information about technologies that reduce emissions to air and water or use dairy manure as a resource.

EPA Notifies Agriculture Secretary on Data Requirements for Conventional Chemicals Final Rule
The EPA Administrator has forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture a draft final rule that updates the data requirements in 40 CFR Part 158 for the registration of conventional pesticide products. Besides providing the regulated community with clearer and more transparent information, the updated requirements will enhance the development of health and environmental data to conduct scientifically sound chemical/hazard risk assessments. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) requires EPA to provide the Secretary of Agriculture with a copy of any final regulation for comment at least 30 days before signing it for publication in the Federal Register. The draft final rule is not available to the public until after it has been signed by EPA. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0387.

EPA Releases PR Notice Concerning Disposal Instructions on Labels of Some Residential, Household-Use Pesticides
EPA has announced the availability of a Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) entitled "Disposal Instructions on Non-Antimicrobial Residential/Household Use Pesticide Product Labels." This PR Notice provides guidance to the registrant concerning the updating and revision of PR Notice 2001-6 to clarify that the use of a toll-free number in the disposal instructions on non-antimicrobial residential/household use pesticide product labels is optional. If registrants choose to change or remove a toll-free number from the disposal instructions on their label, this notice provides guidance on making such changes.

March 19
Kentucky Contractors Association Receives Grant for Clean Diesel Construction Program
EPA awarded the Kentucky Association of General Contractors (AGC) a $50,000 Southeast Diesel Collaborative grant to implement the Kentucky Clean Diesel Construction Program. The grant provides funding to encourage the use of cleaner equipment by the construction industry statewide. This grant is the first in the nation awarded to a state AGC for a clean diesel construction project and the first awarded under the Southeast Diesel Collaborative partnership. The Kentucky AGC will partner with Messer Construction Company to reduce diesel emissions from their construction industry equipment. Additional partners supporting clean diesel and emission control technology for the Kentucky Clean Diesel Construction Program include Caterpillar, Inc., John Deere, and Company and Engine Controls Systems.

March 16
U.S. Aims To Accelerate Phaseout of Ozone-Damaging Chemicals
The United States has submitted a proposal to adjust the Montreal Protocol, accelerating the phaseout of ozone-damaging chemicals. The proposal includes four elements that can be considered individually or as a package:

These proposals would accelerate existing efforts to address ozone layer protection, cleaner air, and climate change by calling on the global community to act more quickly in phasing out HCFCs.

EPA To Revise Definition of Solid Waste
EPA has proposed to modify the definition of solid waste rule to streamline regulation of hazardous secondary materials. The proposed rule would provide for the recycling of such materials as solvents, metals, and certain other chemicals. EPA estimates that streamlining the management of secondary materials in a cost-efficient but safe manner will result in an average cost savings of $107 million a year from both reduced regulatory burden and increased recycling. The proposed rule provides exclusions for: materials that are generated and reclaimed under the control of the generator; materials that are generated and transferred to another person or company for reclamation under specific conditions; and materials that EPA deems nonwaste through a case-by-case petition process.

New Fact Sheet on Diazinon
A new fact sheet on the cancellation of certain agricultural uses of diazinon is available in the diazanon docket.

March 15
EPA Reminds Communities How To Prevent Unintentional Pesticide Poisonings
Every 13 seconds, a U.S. poison control center receives a call about an unintentional poisoning. In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 18 through 24), EPA is reminding families how to take precautions and properly use and store household pesticides to avoid poisonings. The American Association of Poison Control Centers data show that more than 50 percent of the two million poisoning incidents each year involve children less than six years old. In addition, poison centers reported more than 70,000 calls made to poison centers with concerns about potential exposure to common household pesticides (potential exposures do not necessarily represent a poisoning).

Six Wetlands Stewards Win 2007 National Wetlands Awards
Six citizens have been recognized nationally for their on-the-ground wetland conservation efforts and decades-long dedication to protecting these important natural resources. A diverse panel of wetland experts assembled at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) earlier this month to select the winners of the 2007 National Wetlands Awards. This year's award winners, who hail from all regions of the country, have collectively conserved thousands of wetland acres and mobilized hundreds of other individuals to contribute to wetland conservation. They will receive their awards at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in May.

Label Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides Used Against Avian Influenza A
EPA has revised its avian influenza A label claims policy, which restricted the claim to products that were used on poultry farms and were packaged as concentrates. This document provides guidance for antimicrobial pesticides sold as dilutable liquids and powders, ready-to-use or spray formulations, and towelettes, which are used to treat surfaces in agricultural, commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential settings against the avian influenza A virus.

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March 14
First Batch of EPA Testing Shows Nonroad Diesel Equipment Meets Tough New Pollution Limits
EPA has finished the initial batch of emissions testing for construction, agricultural, and industrial diesel-powered engines to confirm that results supplied by engine manufacturers are accurate. This milestone marks the start of a series of "confirmatory" emissions testing to ensure that these nonroad diesel engines meet the requirements of EPA's Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Fuel as early as 2008. EPA has conducted confirmatory testing on cars for decades. All nonroad diesel engines tested at EPA's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory during the initial round met their expected emissions limits. The second round of emissions testing is scheduled to begin this spring.

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) Spray Drift Work Group Conference Call Scheduled
There will be a conference call with the PPDC Spray Drift Workgroup to discuss the draft PPDC Spray Drift report on Thursday, March 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. The call-in number is (866) 299-3188. The conference code is 2025647004#.

AAPCO/SFIREG Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management To Meet
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management will hold a 2-day meeting April 2-3, 2007, in Boston, Massachusetts. The March 14 Federal Register notice announcing the meeting includes a tentative agenda.

FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel To Meet
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) will meet July 17-19, 2007, in  Arlington, Virginia, to consider and review guidance on test methods for demonstrating the efficacy of antimicrobial products for inactivating Bacillus anthracis spores on environmental surfaces.

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee's Pesticide Registration Improvement Act Process Improvement Workgroup To Meet
The Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee's Pesticide Registration Improvement Act Process Improvement Workgroup will hold a public meeting on April 10, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia. An agenda for this meeting is being developed and will be posted on EPA's Web site. The workgroup is developing advice and recommendations on topics related to EPA's registration process.

Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Risk Mitigation Decision for Nine Rodenticides
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of January 17, 2007, concerning the availability of the proposed risk mitigation decision for nine rodenticides. Rodenticides covered by the decision are brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone, chlorophacinone, diphacinone, warfarin, zinc phosphide, bromethalin, and cholecalciferol. The comment period on this decision has been extended for 60 days, from March 19, 2007, to May 18, 2007. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA- HQ-OPP-2006-0955, must be received on or before May 18, 2007.

March 12
Puerto Rico Wetlands Will Be Preserved
A series of agreements announced by EPA mark a victory for the people and environment of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Land Authority and the Puerto Rico Office of Special Communities have agreed to protect and preserve nearly 700 acres of wetlands critical to Puerto Rico's environment and to pay fines totaling $55,000 for violating the Clean Water Act. The entities were cited by EPA for illegally filling wetlands to build hundreds of improperly constructed homes in an area subject to frequent flooding and unsafe conditions in San Isidro, a barrio of Canovanas. The Municipality of Canovanas also agreed to pay a $25,000 fine for its role in the illegal filling of the San Isidro wetlands. Under various agreements between EPA, the commonwealth, and the municipality, 679 acres of mangroves and marsh located on the east side of Piñones forest and to the west of the Loiza River will be permanently preserved.

March 9
EPA Awards $200,000 to City College of San Francisco To Promote Biodiesel
EPA announced a $200,000 grant award to City College of San Francisco to fund improved access to biodiesel for public and private diesel powered fleets. The grant funds will be used to bring together a consortium of biodiesel advocates to help develop distribution and fueling infrastructure and provide classroom training to fuel distributors, mechanics, and users. Ultimately, the project will transform biodiesel from a "boutique" fuel into a mainstream fuel option, making it readily available throughout the Bay Area, and eventually throughout the West Coast.

Draft National Coastal Condition Report III Available for Comment
EPA has opened a 60-day public comment period on the draft National Coastal Condition Report III describing the condition of the Nation's coastal waters. Coastal waters are valuable from both an environmental and economic perspective. These waters are vulnerable to pollution from diverse sources. EPA expects this report will increase public awareness of the extent and seriousness of pollution and advance efforts to protect and restore coastal waters. EPA seeks public input concerning the information in the report, the availability of additional data, and the appropriateness of conclusions drawn from the information presented. Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OW-2007-0019, must be received on or before May 8, 2007.

March 8
FY 2008 Draft Water Program Guidance Released for Comment
The National Water Program has released Draft FY 2008 Water Program Guidance for public review and comment. The draft guidance describes FY 2008 program priorities and strategies for accomplishing the environmental goals established in the new EPA strategic plan. Comments on the draft guidance are due by April 6.

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March 7
EPA Releases Summary of Aquatic Life Benchmarks for Pesticides
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) has been working with state pesticide and water quality agencies to compile a chart of benchmarks that states can use to guide their water quality monitoring efforts. OPP has released the results of that effort: an online summary of aquatic life benchmarks taken from pesticide-specific ecological risk assessments. Aquatic life benchmarks are estimates of the concentrations below which pesticides are not expected to have the potential for adverse effects on aquatic life. The summary includes aquatic life benchmarks for 71 pesticides or degradation products. OPP expects to summarize and publish benchmarks for additional pesticides periodically.

March 6
Water Protection Leader Named New Director of Chesapeake Bay Program
Jeffrey L. Lape, who has helped lead key government initiatives to combat water pollution and protect watersheds, has been selected as the next director of EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program Office. The Chesapeake Bay Program is a regional partnership of state and federal agencies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations formed in 1983 to lead and direct restoration of the Bay. For the majority of his 16 years with EPA, Lape has served in key positions involving leadership in national water pollution control strategies. He helped to spearhead EPA's reform efforts with industrial wastewater management, combined sewer overflows, animal feeding operations, watershed-based permitting, and several other Clean Water Act programs.

March 5
Research Helps Control Animal Disease Outbreaks, Fights Agro-Terrorism
EPA is researching how to contain agricultural disease outbreaks and subsequently dispose of contaminated plant and animal matter. EPA's National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) is compiling disposal techniques, developing a prototype disposal incinerator, testing the persistence of avian influenza, and developing surrogates for highly pathogenic prions. NHSRC's Decontamination and Consequence Management Division (DCMD) is responsible for research into chemical, biological, and radiological threat agents, both in buildings and in outdoor areas. DCMD is conducting research and providing support on several projects concerning foreign animal disease (FAD) pathogens, agricultural terrorism, and agriculture disaster management.

National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center March Newsletter and Webcast Exit EPA
The March edition of the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPE) newsletter is available. Topics include: Lessons Learned from the Search for Environmentally Superior Technologies (April's Webcast Topic); Continuing Education Units Online; Alternative Technologies Coming Soon; LPES Curriculum Includes Resources for Large and Small Farms; and What Is Video Streaming and How Do I Get the Best Possible Quality? The March 16 Webcast features Dr. Dan Sullivan, Oregon State University, and Dr. Ray Massey, University of Missouri, speaking on "Nitrogen Availability From Organic Sources."

Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Diesel Working Group To Be Recognized for Environmental Achievements
During the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Funding Forum Workshop in Nashville, Tennessee, EPA will recognize the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Diesel Working Group with a National Leadership Recognition Award. Tennessee is being recognized for developing the first non-road construction program in the nation to be funded in the U.S. Department of Transportation Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding system and for developing a program to reduce diesel locomotive emissions.

March 2
First Harmonized Label For Pesticide Product Available
EPA and the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency have given the first joint approval of a North American Free Trade Agreement harmonized label for a pesticide product. The pesticide product is called Far-Go Granular Herbicide in the United States and Avadex MicroActiv Herbicide in Canada and is registered for use on wheat, barley, beets, lentils, and peas. A harmonized label allows for cross-border movement of pesticide product since the harmonized package labeling satisfies the regulatory requirements in both countries with unique use directions to accommodate differences in the two countries' use patterns. Currently, 12 more pesticide products are in the pipeline for NAFTA label development.

EPA Releases FY 2006 Annual Report on Implementing the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act
EPA's annual report for fiscal year 2006 on pesticide registration actions and decisions, as required by the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) is available online. On January 23, 2004, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act was amended to initiate a system that provides for EPA to collect fees for certain pesticide registration applications and to make a decision on those applications within specified time frames. This year's report details how the Agency met its deadlines, documents the registration services fees collected and the use of the funds, and describes current and planned process improvements.

EPA-Funded Project Results: Significant Reduction in Pesticide Use in Wildlife Park
A new brochure describing the results of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) mosquito control program at Parrot Jungle Island in Miami, Florida, is available on the Tropical Designs of Florida Web site. The Parrot Jungle Island project received a Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) grant in 2005 that allowed for sampling and identification of mosquito species in the park and testing of biochemicals for mosquito control.

EPA Encourages Activities Celebrating May as American Wetlands Month
EPA will once again celebrate American Wetlands Month in May, in cooperation with partners in federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit, and private sector organizations. This annual celebration is a time to recognize and highlight the ways wetlands enrich the environment and human society. EPA is encouraging interested groups to plan activities and events that help raise awareness of the critical role wetlands and other aquatic resources play in our environment and build support for the protection and restoration of these valuable ecosystems.

Deadline to Make Hotel Room Reservations for the 2007 Annual West Coast Collaborative Partnership Meeting is March 5, 2007 Exit EPA
Hotel room reservations are available for the 2007 Annual West Coast Collaborative Partnership Meeting and the Clean Diesel Agriculture Leaders Forum held in Sacramento, California March 28 and 29, 2007. The location for both meetings is the Doubletree Hotel Sacramento. Reservations must be made by Monday, March 5. To ensure the discount rate, inform the reservations office that you are with the “EPA West Coast Collaborative.”

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