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News Archive: May 2014

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May, 2014
May 2014 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
Exit EPA
The May issue introduces a webcast on the "Waters of the U.S." Rule proposed by the EPA. We also provide more information on the 2015 Waste to Worth conference and a return of self-study CCA credits for archived webcasts. The national climate assessment and grassland/rangeland items filled the "hot topics" and "national resources" sections. Check it out for more articles on pathogens, nitrate filtering in the Mississippi River, and a review of ag law. Also be sure to take a look at the calendar of events. More...

Region 10 Tribal Newsletter
As part of President Obama’s commitment to upholding the nation’s trust responsibilities to American Indian and Alaska Natives, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced April 30 that the Interior Department is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would allow the Secretary of the Interior to consider petitions from Alaska Native tribes to take land into trust.
Currently, Alaska Native tribes do not have the ability to restore their tribal lands in the way that American Indian tribes located in contiguous United States do. Lands acquired are held in trust for the benefit of the tribe, allowing for agriculture, energy, infrastructure, health and housing projects to move forward and strengthening tribal economies.

May 30, 2014
EPA and Reckitt Benckiser Inc. Reach Agreement to Cancel Certain Rodenticide Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached agreement with Reckitt Benckiser Inc. to cancel 12 d-CON mouse and rat poison products that do not currently comply with EPA safety standards.
“Millions of households use mouse and rat poison products each year. Canceling these products will help prevent risks to children, pets and wildlife,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “This voluntary move will get us far faster results than would otherwise be achieved through an administrative process.”

May 28, 2014
EPA Solicits Comments on Information Collection Activities Relating to Pesticide Drift Reduction Technologies
The EPA is continuing its efforts to collect information about application technologies that can reduce pesticide spray drift. Through a Federal Register Notice, we are requesting public input on the information collection activities for our Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) Program and announcing that the required Information Collection Request (ICR) has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget for approval.

EPA Solicits Proposals to Implement the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program for Fiscal Years 2015 through 2019
The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, in coordination with the Office of Compliance, posted at Grants.gov a request soliciting proposals from eligible states, tribes, and state and tribal institutions to implement the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP) for fiscal years 2015 through 2019.

May 27, 2014
EPA Reducing Air Pollution from Old Diesel Engines; Grant Provides $246,931 to Protect People from Harmful Air Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is supporting local efforts to reduce air pollution in Erie and Niagara counties in New York State by providing $246,931 to help one organization in these areas retrofit old, dirty diesel engines on 19 transit buses with less polluting models. The projects will cut emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides and particulate matter among other pollutants. These pollutants are linked to health problems, including asthma, lung and heart disease and premature death.

May 23, 2014
Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Live Webcast Information
Exit EPA
The next webcast will be titled "EPA’s Proposed Waters of the U.S. Regulations" and will be held on June 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm (eastern). More...

May 20, 2014
U.S. EPA settles with Irvine, Calif. company to ensure safe handling of pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that an Irvine, Calif. company, Advanced Sterilization Products, has agreed to pay a $136,800 penalty for the sale and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides to veterinary clinics and laboratories nationwide. “Companies must understand that it is illegal to sell pesticides that have not been registered with the EPA,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Safe handling of pesticide products depends on critical information displayed on their approved labels.”

May 19, 2014
Pesticide News Story: Child-Resistant Packaging Web Information Available in New Format
As part of the EPA’s effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have reformatted the child-resistant packaging Web content so that visitors can find the information they need more quickly and easily. The redesigned Web page, Child-Resistant Packaging for Pesticides, includes information that was on the previous Web page and offers a simplified and sortable Guide to CRP for Pesticides table. This table replaces the four tables on the previous Web page.

May 14, 2014
EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed New Safety Measures to Protect Farm Workers from Pesticide Exposure
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the proposed revisions to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard for an additional 60 days, until August 18, 2014, in response to requests from growers, industry, farmworker advocates and states for additional time to provide input.

Pesticide News Story: EPA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Decision to Register Enlist Duo Herbicide Containing the Choline Salt of 2,4-D and Glyphosate
In response to requests, the EPA is extending for an additional 30 days the public comment period on the proposed regulatory decision to register Enlist Duo containing glyphosate and the choline salt of 2,4-D for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D. Public comments on the Agency’s proposed regulatory decision must be submitted no later than June 30, 2014. Comments may be submitted to the EPA docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0195 at www.regulations.gov.

May 12, 2014
Jerome, Idaho dairy processor to ensure wastewater discharges meet federal standards

Municipal water systems are designed for a specific type and amount of wastewater,” said Ed Kowalski, Enforcement Director for EPA’s Pacific Northwest Regional Office. “Discharges from industrial facilities that exceed standards can impact water quality in downstream waterways and jeopardize the integrity of the treatment facility.”

May 9, 2014
Compliance with Environmental Laws Protects Air, Land, and Water across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, completed nearly 100 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
Violations of environmental laws can put public health and the environment at risk. EPA enforces federal environmental laws to protect communities and to keep our region’s air, land, and water clean and healthy. These compliance and enforcement efforts also level the playing field by deterring violators who might otherwise have an unfair business advantage over environmentally compliant facilities and businesses.

May 8, 2014
EPA Requires Syngenta to Label Pesticides Accurately Syngenta Crop Protection, a pesticide manufacturer based in Greensboro, N.C., has corrected pesticide labeling violations stemming from incorrect labels it gave to a pesticide distributor in Tangent, Oregon, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Syngenta has agreed to pay a penalty of $50,100.
“Mislabeled pesticides are dangerous because they may display incorrect warnings and application instructions,” said Kelly McFadden, EPA Pesticide Unit Manager. “Labels protect people who use pesticides and the land on which they’re used.”

May 2, 2014
EPA Announces Funding Availability to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the availability of $9 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines.
The funding comes from EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) and will target the most cost-effective projects and fleets operating in areas designated as poor air quality areas.

Pesticide News Story: EPA Announces Revision to Pesticide Export Labeling Regulations
EPA is announcing a revision to its regulations on pesticide export labeling. This direct final rule corrects the inadvertent removal of a provision that occurred in the January 2013 revisions to these regulations.
By issuing this rule, EPA will restore the provision to allow information required under the regulations to be placed on collateral labeling attached to a shipping container of pesticide products rather than on the immediate package of each individual product in the shipment. Collateral labeling includes bulletins, leaflets, circulars, brochures, data sheets, flyers or other written, printed or graphic matter that is to accompany the product or that is referred to on the label.

May 1, 2014
TOMORROW: U.S. EPA Administrator to Address the National Wildlife Federation
Tomorrow, Friday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will address the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and its state affiliates. She will focus on NWF’s theme for their annual meeting, Water: It Connects Us All.

EPA Stops Brooklyn Company from Selling Illegal Pesticides; Protects Public from Potential Health Risks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Atlantic Paste and Glue Co., Inc., of Brooklyn, New York, for violations of federal regulations governing pesticides. The company, which wholesales chemicals and related products, sold misbranded insect traps and imported the traps into the U.S. without properly notifying the EPA. The company will pay a $36,774 penalty and come into compliance with federal pesticide law.

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