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News Archive: March 2012

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March, 2012
March 2012 Newsletter, Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Exit EPA
The March newsletter includes a four month look at the webcast schedule. It also features the return of the "Best Guess" contest and more new (and excellent) publications from the air quality team. Check out new reports on feed management, world livestock 2011, and phosphorus in groundwater. The newsletter also spotlights Wisconsin's "manure advisory" system, a study on roads & manure application equipment. Chesapeake action plan comments are being accepted and the Agronomy Journal includes a study on nutrient management plans. As always, we also feature "Manure in the News" and events and announcements

March 30, 2012
EPA Opens Comment Period on National Marine Fisheries Service’s Draft Measures to Protect Endangered Pacific Salmon from Three Pesticides
The EPA is seeking comments by April 30, 2012, on draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures (RPMs) and Alternatives (RPAs) included in a draft Biological Opinion (1047 pp, 20.49MB, about PDF) received from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on March 30, 2012. This draft Biological Opinion addresses the potential effects from three pesticides on Pacific salmon and steelhead listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The three pesticides are: oryzalin, pendimethalin, and trifluralin.

March 28, 2012
Pesticide News Story: EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation in Pest Management with 2012 PestWise Awards
Every year, EPA honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to improving human health and the environment through their extraordinary commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. EPA’s 2012 PestWise Awards were presented at the 7th International IPM Symposium on March 27, in Memphis, Tennessee to the following honorees:

March 26, 2012
EPA Orders Foster Poultry Farms to Stop Discharging Pollutants Into Louisiana Waters
On January 26, 2012, the EPA inspected the hatchery and found unauthorized discharges of pollutants from its process wastewater lagoon to an unnamed tributary of Leatherman Creek. Leatherman Creek drains into Black Creek Bayou and it in turn drains into the Red River.

March 16, 2012
EPA Orders Kevin Basham Farm to Stop Discharging Pollutants Into Louisiana Waters
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to the Kevin Basham Farm in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, for unauthorized discharges of chicken litter into a tributary of the Dugdemona River.

Pesticide News Story: Final Harmonized Product Performance Test Guidelines for Public Health Uses of Antimicrobial Pesticide Products
EPA has issued a Federal Register Notice of Availability for four guidelines for the Series 810 – Product Performance Test Guidelines for Public Health Uses of Antimicrobial Agents. These test guidelines represent an Agency effort to harmonize the test guidelines within the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), as well as to harmonize the OCSPP test guidelines with those of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The process for developing and amending the test guidelines, which began in 1991, includes public participation and extensive involvement of the scientific community.

Poisoning is a Major Cause of Death from Injury in the U.S. / US Government raising awareness of accidental exposures during National Poison Prevention Week
Environmental Protection Agency is joining forces with its federal partners to raise awareness of the dangers of poisoning, especially to children, during National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24. In just the past year, America’s 57 poison control centers fielded 4 million calls, treating 2.4 million human poison exposures and handling 1.6 million information calls.

Pesticide News Story: Calendex Software Available for Evaluation on EPA Website
In an effort to increase the transparency of how pesticide exposures are evaluated in the regulatory decision-making process, the EPA is making an evaluation version of Calendex software available to the public for testing, review, and evaluation. EPA uses Calendex to estimate risk by evaluating combined exposures and incorporates the probability of simultaneous exposures to pesticides across multiple pathways. These assessments help provide more precise exposure assessments to inform EPA’s pesticide regulatory decisions. This version is not intended to be used for regulatory decisions at this time.

Pesticide News Story: New Pesticides and Consumers Resource Directory on epa.gov
EPA has a new resource directory about pesticides for consumers at www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol. The new resource directory pulls from existing consumer information about pesticides currently at www.epa.gov/pesticides.

March 13, 2012
EPA Orders Votran to Stop the Application of an Antimicrobial Pesticide to Fog Its Vehicles
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Stop Sale, Use, or Removal Order (SSURO) to the Volusia County Public Transportation System (Votran), located in South Daytona, Fla. for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Votran is a service of the Volusia County government that provides transportation to all urban areas of the county with a fleet of buses, trolleys, and paratransit vehicles.

March 6, 2012
Pesticide News Story: We are Changing the Way We Send Pesticide Updates; New Features Available

We are changing the way we send our pesticide program updates and adding new features. You will begin to receive emails from govdelivery.com instead of epa.gov.

March 5, 2012
Massachusetts Cranberry Farmers Agree to Restore 26 Acres of Wetlands and Pay $75,000 Penalty
Carver, Mass. cranberry farmers Charles Johnson, Francis “Van” Johnson and a family-owned partnership have agreed to restore 26 acres of wetlands and a stream, and to pay a $75,000 penalty to resolve claims against them for violation of the Clean Water Act at two sites at their farm, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. A settlement was recently filed in federal district court in Massachusetts.

March 2, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Pesticide Docket to be Available Online or By Appointment Only
Effective March 8, 2012, the OPP Public Docket office location in Arlington, VA, will only be open to the public by appointment. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, by appointment at One Potomac Yard South, 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. To schedule an appointment, call (703) 305-5805.

Pesticide News Story: FY 2011 Annual Report on Implementing the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act Available
The 2011 annual report required by the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act (PRIA 2) is now available. This detailed report describes the EPA’s activities and accomplishments during Fiscal Year 2011 in implementing PRIA 2 and includes:

March 1, 2012
EPA ensures Oregon distributor properly labels pesticides
Wilbur-Ellis Company, an international distributor of agricultural products located in Hood River, Oregon violated federal pesticide laws by repeatedly omitting important manufacturing information on product labels, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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