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News Archive: May 2012

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May 31, 2012
EPA Evaluates States' Final Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans for Restoring the Chesapeake Bay

Today, EPA released its evaluations of the final Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Completion of the plans marks a significant stage in the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, and represents the local level planning needed to continue accelerating implementation of the necessary practices to restore the health and economic engine of the Bay watershed's streams and rivers.

May 29, 2012
Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative in Luana, Iowa, to Pay $33,880 Penalty for Community Right-to-Know Violations

Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative, a cheese manufacturer, has agreed to pay a $33,880 civil penalty to the United States to settle two violations of environmental regulations related to the public reporting of toxic chemicals at its facility in Luana, Iowa.

May 2012
Nonpoint Source, News-Notes
Nonpoint Source News-Notes returns after a nearly two year hiatus with the first of a two-part special focus on state approaches to controlling excess nutrients from nonpoint sources. This first special focus issue explores state regulatory approaches for controlling excess nutrients; the next issue will survey state non-regulatory programs and initiatives. Importantly, both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches were envisioned by Congress when it amended the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1987 to address nonpoint sources of pollution through the CWA section 319 program. Under section 319(b)(2), Congress expected states to establish their own nonpoint source management.

May 16, 2012
EPA Launches Competition for College Students to Develop Innovative Approaches to Stormwater Management

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. Stormwater is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas in the U.S., impacting the health of people across the country as well as tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams, and coastal shorelines, and hundreds of thousands of acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. The competition will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design.

May 14, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Comment Period Open on National Marine Fisheries Service's Draft Measures to Protect Threatened and Endangered Pacific Salmon from Thiobencarb

The EPA is seeking comments by June 12, 2012, on draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures (RPMs) and Alternatives (RPAs) included in a draft Biological Opinion received from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). This draft Biological Opinion addresses the potential effects from the pesticide thiobencarb on Pacific salmon and steelhead listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A second pesticide, molinate, is also included in this Biological Opinion; however at the request of the registrants all uses were cancelled effective July 30, 2008, and the last use date was August 31, 2009. For additional information on the cancellation of molinate, visit http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/molinate/.

May 12, 2012
BioEnergy Webinar Series 2012
Learn about application of the latest technologies for generating energy from biomass feedstocks and solar photovoltaics. Topics may cover subjects of ethanol, biodiesel, biochar, anaerobic digestion, and solar technologies.

These bioenergy web seminars are held the last Friday of each month. Each seminar has a different bioenergy focus presented by experts from throughout the country. There will be a question and answer period. Web seminars are free and there is no need to preregister.
Here are the upcoming web seminars for the first half of 2012. Future seminars will be announced as they are planned. See connection details or previous seminars from this series. 

Friday May 25th     10:00 ‐ 11:00 AM  CST
Thermochemical Conversion to Biomass to Fuel, Dr. Robert Brown - Iowa State University- Bioeconomy Institute. Dr. Brown has published two textbooks on conversion of biomass to fuel. His expertise in conversion helped form the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University. He will discuss the opportunities and challenges of biomass conversion.

Friday June 29th        10:00 ‐ 11:00 AM  CST
​Thermal conversion with detail on Torrifaction.

May 9, 2012
Students Recognized For Protecting Drinking Water Sources
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized three elementary and middle schools and one college in the Schuylkill River Watershed today for their environmental projects which help educate the public about the value of protecting sources of drinking water. 

MEDIA ADVISORY: EPA seeks project proposals to reduce marine debris / $280,000 available to reduce the source of land-based marine debris

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking project proposals to reduce land-based trash at the source, thus preventing trash from entering coastal runoff and becoming marine debri

EPA Provides More Than $20,000 in an Environmental Education Grant to Plant the Seeds of Future Forestry Careers
The Up With Trees organization in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will receive $23,666 to enable high school aged participants to intern in a six-week Youth Citizen Forestry Program. The students will learn about planting and preserving trees, forestry and horticultural careers and sustainable forestry practices. 

Highlights
Through its DFE program, EPA released a finalalternatives assessment (PDF) (27pp, 397K) identifying eight safer alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE), surfactants widely used in industry and commonly found in consumer products, such as laundry detergents. When released into the environment, NPEs can be persistent and highly toxic to aquatic organisms. Read more about NPE.  Read the press release.

May 8, 2012
Syngenta Crop Protection to Pay $102,000 Penalty for Sale or Distribution of Misbranded Pesticides in Nebraska and Missouri
Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, of Greensboro, N.C., has agreed to pay a $102,000 civil penalty to the United States to settle a series of environmental violations related to the sale or distribution of misbranded pesticides through its facility in Omaha, Neb., and through a farm supply retailer in Savannah, Mo.

May 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
The "Apple-converted-space" is chock full of environmental goodness! Check out the May and June webcasts, give us your "Best Guess" and stand by for an exciting announcementfrom the LPELC. The busy air quality team continues to churn out great "stuff" on regulations and Take a virtual tour of an anaerobic digester and more. Check out some great resources on greenhouse gases, water quality standards, air emissions methodologies derived from the NAEMS study, new FDA antibiotic resistance guidance, and a slug of reports hammering agriculture for its environmental impact. Many great state programs are highlighted as well!

May 3, 2012
Celebration of EPA's Wetlands Month to Include Students, Watershed Association
EPA Region 7 staff, St. Regis Catholic School students and Blue River Watershed Association staff will participate in an outdoor classroom wetland event May 8 at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo.

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