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News Archive: May 2013

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May 2013
Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
The May issue looks at upcoming webcasts on monoslope barns and carbon sequestration. We also introduce new materials on small-scale poultrysmall-scale sheep & goat production, and nutrient transformation of digested manure. The winners of the Waste to Worth student poster contest were also announced. We also include a short post in memory of Dr. Dick Hegg, who passed away April 1, 2013. Many of the national resources discuss grid sampling and phosphorus management. Hot topics revolve largely around climate change. As always, check out the events, announcements, and "manure in the news" to stay current on what is going on in the world of manure management. More...

May 2013 #94 Nonpoint Source News-Notes
This issue of Nonpoint Source News-Notes explores new and innovative programs, tools and resources that are available to help manage polluted runoff.

May 29, 2013
Farm Services Cooperative, of Shelby, Iowa, to Pay $21,450 Civil Penalty for Sale of Restricted Use Pesticides
Farm Services Cooperative, of Shelby, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $21,450 civil penalty to the United States for the unauthorized sales of restricted use pesticides. According to an administrative consent agreement filed by EPA Region 7 in Lenexa, Kan., Farm Services Cooperative on three occasions sold restricted use pesticides to an individual that was not certified to apply such pesticides, violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Pesticide News Story: EPA Makes Emergency Exempted and Special Local Needs Pesticide Products Available in Indian Country Nationwide
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe finalized a program to allow growers in Indian country nationwide to use certain registered pesticide products not currently available for use in Indian country to combat pests in emergency situations or when there is a special local need. Under federal pesticide law, tribes and farmers in Indian country do not explicitly have access to the benefits of pesticide emergency exemptions or special local needs registrations (state-specific registrations). Pest control products permitted under these circumstances may be especially useful when growers in a particular region identify a pest problem that federally registered products do not currently alleviate. Lack of availability of these products denies access for growers and public health officials in Indian country to the same pest control tools that are available elsewhere in the United States.

May 21, 2013
EPA Advises Facility Operators to Minimize Releases during Hazardous Weather Events
As hurricane season approaches, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert to remind facility operators of certain regulations that require minimization of chemical releases during process shutdown operations. This alert is designed to increase awareness among facility operators about their obligation to operate facilities safely and report chemical releases in a timely manner. 
The alert specifies operational release minimization requirements and clarifies reporting requirements, including exemptions. Unlike some natural disasters, the onset of a hurricane is predictable and allows for early preparations to lessen its effect on a facility. Before hurricane force winds and associated storm surge flooding damage industrial processes, the alert recommends that operators take preventive action by safely shutting down processes, or otherwise operate safely under emergency procedures. 

May 15, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Solicits Regional Agriculture IPM Grants Proposals for 2013
The EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for new Regional Agricultural IPM Grants totaling $422,000 for projects that support Integrated Pest Management approaches to reduce pesticide risk in agriculture. The agency anticipates funding approximately three projects, with a maximum funding level of $170,000 per project.

EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe, Testimony Before the House Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairmen Shimkus and Whitfield, Ranking Members Rush and Tonko, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget demonstrates that we can make critical investments to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and grow the economy while continuing to cut the deficit in a balanced way. EPA's budget request of $8.153 billion for the 2014 fiscal year reflects our ongoing efforts to change the way EPA does business –to invest in more efficient ways for the Agency to operate, to further reduce costs wherever possible all while we preserve and enhance our ability to carry out the Agency's core mission to protect human health and the environment.

May 8, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Updates Data Requirements for Registration of Antimicrobial Pesticides
The EPA has published in the Federal Register a final rule to revise and update use patterns and data requirements for antimicrobial pesticides. The agency is codifying in part 158 subpart W of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) the data requirements for registering antimicrobial products.
Pesticide products must get pre-market approval.  Robust, mandatory environmental health and safety testing is required before these products can be sold.  Data requirements for pesticides used in agriculture and other pesticides were already updated in 2007. Now with this regulation, data requirements will be updated for antimicrobial pesticides to meet evolving science and ensure pesticide risk management decisions are founded on the best available sound science.

May 6, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Releases Assessment of PCNB Bioaccumulation and Long Range Transport Potential
The EPA is releasing an assessment of the potential for bioaccumulation and long-range transport of the organochlorine fungicide pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB) and its degradates and contaminants. This assessment, titled, 2008 Science Advisory Panel Meeting Follow-Up: Assessment of the Bioaccumulation and Long-Range Transport Potential (LRTP) and[sic] of Pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB) and Associated Ecological Risks (March 2010), incorporates many of the recommendations of the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel that met in October 2008 on approaches for evaluating pesticides characterized as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic.

Pesticide News Story: The EPA's Final Decision on the New Active Ingredient Sulfoxaflor
The EPA has granted unconditional registrations for the new active ingredient sulfoxaflor, formulated as a manufacturing use product and two end-use products for use in production agriculture. The EPA is granting the use of sulfoxaflor on barley, bulb vegetables, canola, citrus, cotton, cucurbit vegetables, fruiting vegetables, leafy vegetables, low-growing berries, okra, ornamentals (herbaceous and woody), pistachio, pome fruits, root and tuber vegetables, small vine climbing fruit (except fuzzy kiwifruit), soybean, stone fruit, succulent, edible podded and dry beans, tree nuts, triticale, turfgrass, watercress and wheat.

May 2, 2013
USDA and EPA Release New Report on Honey Bee Health

In October 2012, a National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health, led by federal researchers and managers, along with Pennsylvania State University, was convened to synthesize the current state of knowledge regarding the primary factors that scientists believe have the greatest impact on managed bee health.
Those involved in developing the report include USDA's Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Agricultural Research Services (ARS), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), National Resource Conversation Service (NRCS) as well as the EPA and Pennsylvania State University. The report will provide important input to the Colony Collapse Disorder Steering Committee, led by the USDA, EPA and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
To view the report, which represents the consensus of the scientific community studying honey bees, please visit: http://www.usda.gov/documents/ReportHoneyBeeHealth.pdf

Pesticide News Story: Comment Period Open on NMFS' Draft Measures to Protect Threatened and Endangered Pacific Salmon
The EPA is seeking comments by May 31, 2013, on draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures (RPMs) and Alternatives (RPAs) included in a draft Biological Opinion that the agency received from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on May 1, 2013. This draft Biological Opinion addresses the potential effects from three pesticides to Pacific salmon and steelhead listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The three pesticides are: propargite, fenbutatin oxide and diflubenzuron.

May 1, 2013
MEDIA ADVISORY: USDA, EPA and Stakeholders to Discuss New Report on Honey Bee Health
Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), alongside top scientists and stakeholders, will host a conference call tomorrow to discuss a new report on the factors contributing to decline in honey bee health in the United States. The report summarizes the latest science and emerging research on honey bee health, as discussed at The National Stakeholder Conference on Honey Bee Health in October 2012.
The new report shows that honey bee decline is the result of multiple factors, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.

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