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News Archive: November 2010

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November 29
Change of Meeting Location for FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel
The Agency is issuing this notice to change the meeting location of the December 7, 2010 Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) meeting. The FIFRA SAP is meeting to consider and review scientific issues associated with pesticide exposure models and climate change. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Tidewater Room Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.

EPA Finalizes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards
EPA has finalized the 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel under the agency’s renewable fuel standard program, known as RFS2. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) amended the Clean Air Act to greatly increase the total required volume of renewable fuels each year, reaching a level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates percentage-based standards for the following year. Based on the standards, each producer and importer of gasoline and diesel determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used in its transportation fuel. The final 2011 overall volume and standards are: Cellulosic biofuel - 6.6 million gallons, 0.003 percent; Biomass-based diesel - 800 million gallons, 0.69 percent; Advanced biofuel - 1.35 billion gallons, 0.78 percent; Renewable fuel - 13.95 billion gallons, 8.01 percent.

EPA Calls for Nominations for 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
EPA is accepting nominations for the 2011 Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. This year the agency is encouraging nominations for the design of safer and more sustainable chemicals, processes, and products that will protect the public, particularly children and other sensitive populations, from exposure to harmful chemicals. Nominations are due to the agency by December 31, 2010. The awards recognize innovative technologies that incorporate green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture and use and help advance the protection of human health and the environment.

November 24
Announcement of New Membership and Notice of Public Meetings of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee
A public meeting of the new membership to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is scheduled for December 14 and 15, 2010. A draft agenda is under development that will include reports from and discussions about current issues from the following PPDC work groups: 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies; Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) Process Improvements; Comparative Safety Statements for Pesticide Product Labeling; and Public Health Work Group. Discussion topics will also cover spray drift, current Endangered Species Act issues, and brief program updates on current regulatory topics. PPDC work group meetings are also being scheduled and are open to the public. The 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies Work Group is holding a workshop on 21st Century Science and Integrated Testing and Assessment Strategies: Transitioning Research to Regulatory Practice on December 13, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting will also be available via webinar. A brochure and agenda regarding this Workshop and information and instructions for participating in the webinar can be found at the PPDC Workshop Web page. The PPDC PRIA Process Improvements Work Group will meet on December 13, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Information about this work group meeting can be found on EPA's PPDC Web page.

November 19
SFIREG Full Committee Meeting Scheduled
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Full Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on December 6, 2010, and ending December 7, 2010, in Arlington, VA. The tentative meeting agenda is listed in the Federal Register notice.

November 16
Owner of Livestock Feedlot To Pay $5,850 Penalty for Violating Terms of Discharge Permit
The owner of a cattle and hog feedlot in Plymouth County, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $5,850 civil penalty to the United States to settle alleged violations of the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The farm has the capacity for approximately 3,000 cattle and 4,700 hogs, according to an administrative consent agreement filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan. An EPA representative conducted a compliance inspection of the farm on April 28, 2010, and found that the facility did not maintain adequate records of its liquid effluent land applications. Failure to properly document land applications of a feedlot’s manure-containing process wastewater can increase the risk that crops and fields may receive excessive amounts of feedlot-related contaminants. Over-application can significantly increase the risk that pollutants will end up in nearby streams and water bodies.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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November 12
EPA Awards Partnership Grants To Protect Children and Reduce Pesticide Risks
EPA has awarded two Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act grants totaling nearly $500,000 for projects that use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to reduce pesticide risk. On November 9, 2010, EPA Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Steve Owens, announced a $250,000 grant to the IPM Institute of North America to expand its efforts to reduce pest and pesticide risks, reduce asthma incidence, and further environmental justice in school districts across the county. EPA also awarded a $249,939 grant to Michigan State University for its project, “Effective Soil-based Biopesticide and Nutrient Delivery in Orchard Ecosystems.” Both grants will support innovative IPM practices, technologies, outreach, and education. For more information about these grants, please visit EPA's 2010 PRIA2 Partnership Grants Web page.

November 6
National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center November Newsletter and Webcast Exit EPA
The November edition of the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC) newsletter is now available. Topics include: December webcast - Controlling Ammonia and Air Emissions in Poultry Facilities; Continuing Education Units, Join the Discussion; SPCC Tool for Dairy Producers; USDA Pilot Initiative for SPCC; and Antibiotic Research on Dairy Farms. The next webcast is scheduled for November 19, 2010 and is entitled "Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)". If your farm stores oil, fuel, or oil products, you should take note of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) program. This rule applies to storages of a certain size and places some planning requirements on the farm. The webcast speakers will also discuss the proposed exemption for certain milk containers. Presenters will be: Carol Galloway, EPA Ag Center; Troy Swackhammer, EPA Office of Emergency Management; and David Hickey, Director of Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). It broadcasts at 2:30 Eastern (1:30 pm Central, 12:30 pm Mountain, 11:30 am Pacific).

November 5
EPA Proposes To Revise Procedures for the Satisfaction of Data Requirements under FIFRA
EPA proposes to revise its regulations governing procedures for the satisfaction of data requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). These provisions include, among other things, procedures for the protection of exclusive use and data compensation rights of data submitters. The proposed revisions would update the regulations, which have not been revised since issuance in 1984, to accommodate statutory and procedural changes that have occurred since that time. The revisions would also make minor changes to clarify the regulations. The revisions would simplify the procedures and reduce burdens for certain data submitters. Comments must be received on or before January 4, 2011.

November 2
Pesticide Distributors in Washington State Fined over $35,000 for Illegal Imports and Mislabeled Products
Three pesticide distributors working in Washington State will be fined over $35,000 for mislabeling products and importing illegal pesticides, according to EPA orders. One of the distributors failed to follow proper pesticide registration and labeling rules, which could increase risks associated with the handling and use of these pesticides. In the cases of the other two distributors, EPA inspectors in Seattle identified unlabeled pesticides during inspections of containers that arrived from China. All pesticides must be appropriately labeled to legally enter the U.S. Unlabeled pesticides can pose a great risk to those involved in their transport and storage, especially during spills.

New Enable the Label Online Discussion Forum Topic: LRM Chapter 4 – Types of Label Reviews
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has posted an update to Enable the Label, our online discussion forum that’s used to improve clarity and usefulness for Label Review Manual (LRM) users. Chapter 4 is the discussion topic for November, with a particular focus on labels that do not require review, labels that require review, and products for which efficacy data must be submitted. After the discussion thread closes at the end of November, we will review comments received and incorporate useful ones into future revisions of the Label Review Manual.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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November 2
National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Webcast on SPCC Regulations
The next live webcast is entitled "Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)." If your farm stores oil, fuel, or oil products, you should take note of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) program. This rule applies to storages of a certain size and places some planning requirements on the farm. The webcast speakers will also discuss the proposed exemption for certain milk containers. Presenters will be: Carol Galloway, EPA Ag Center and Troy Swackhammer, EPA Office of Emergency Management. It broadcasts at 2:30 Eastern (1:30 pm Central, 12:30 pm Mountain, 11:30 am Pacific) on November 19, 2010.

National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, FY 2011 Request for Proposals
EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as retrofit devices, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or vehicle or equipment replacement. Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include buses, medium-duty or heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, locomotives and non-road engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at a port or airport), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps). Eligible entities include regional, State, local or tribal agencies (or intertribal consortia) or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and nonprofit organizations or institutions that a) represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or b) have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.

November 1
Four Affiliated Missouri Pesticide Companies Agree to Penalties for Selling Unregistered or Sales-Restricted Pesticide Products
EPA Region 7 has reached a civil settlement with four affiliated Missouri pesticide companies and two of their owner-managers in which the businesses will pay a consolidated $51,850 penalty for allegedly violating federal pesticide regulations in 2005 and 2008. By the agreement, the respondents will also pay a separate $22,712 civil penalty that had gone unpaid by one of the firms since a previous EPA enforcement action in 2005. Separate amended complaints against the respondents were filed by EPA in June 2009, alleging that the four companies held for sale or distribution, or distributed or sold one or more unregistered pesticides, all in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Notice of National Meeting and Request for Public Comment on Common Aquatic Life Effects Assessment for Pesticides
EPA will conduct a national stakeholders meeting to solicit input on methods being evaluated by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and the Office of Water (OW), with the support of the Office of Research and Development (ORD) to develop common characterizations of effects from pesticides on fish, other aquatic organisms, and aquatic plants in aquatic ecosystems. The national meeting will be held in Washington, DC, December 1, 2010. EPA has developed a set of draft white papers that explore: (1) The use of various tools to estimate aquatic toxicity data; (2) approaches for deriving community level benchmarks; and (3) procedures for better integrating plant effects data into community level assessments. EPA is soliciting stakeholder input on the tools and approaches presented in the draft white papers via public comment and at the national meeting. Documents for this meeting as well as materials related to this action that have been previously developed are available at the OPP-OW Common Effects Assessment Methodology Web page.

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