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News Archive: October 2010

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October 29
Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Nutrient Criteria Review Panel
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Nutrient Criteria Review Panel. The Panel will review EPA's technical support document on development of numeric nutrient criteria for Florida's estuarine and coastal waters, and southern canals. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 13, 2010, and Tuesday, December 14, 2010, in Washington, DC.

October 28
EPA Orders Restoration of Damaged Wetlands on Massachusetts Farm
EPA has ordered the owners of a Massachusetts farm to restore wetlands and streams on its 160-acre plot in Topsfield, Mass. The wetlands were excavated and filled between 2006 and 2007 while the farmís drainage system was expanded - widening and deepening a stream channel, and creating a pond. The owners violated the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) by failing to obtain the required federal permit from the Army Corps of Engineers before performing work in the wetlands. EPAís order requires the owners to restore the drainage system to its pre-construction size, remove the dredged "fill" material and remove the drain leading to the pond. After this has been accomplished, the disturbed wetland areas must be seeded with a wetland conservation seed mix and be allowed to revert back to their natural wetland state.

October 27
Public Meeting Scheduled for the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel
There will be a 2-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review scientific issues associated with Insect Resistance Management for SmartStax(TM) Refuge-in-the-Bag, a Plant- Incorporated Protectant (PIP) Corn Seed Blend. The meeting will be held on December 8-9, 2010, in Arlington, VA. This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP's website for information on how to access the webcast.

October 25
DOT, EPA Propose the Nationís First Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses
EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. This comprehensive national program is projected to reduce GHG emissions by about 250 million metric tons and save 500 million barrels of oil over the lives of the vehicles produced within the programís first five years. EPA and DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are proposing new standards for three categories of heavy trucks: combination tractors, heavy-duty pickups and vans, and vocational vehicles. The categories were established to address specific challenges for manufacturers in each area. For combination tractors, the agencies are proposing engine and vehicle standards that begin in the 2014 model year and achieve up to a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption by 2018 model year. EPA and NHTSA are providing a 60-day comment period that begins when the proposal is published in the Federal Register. The proposal and information about how to submit comments is available at EPA's Transportation and Air Quality Regulations and Standards Web page.

October 20
Looking for Information on Pesticide Tolerances? Use EPAís Updated Online Tool
EPA has updated an online tool that allows users to easily search for pesticide tolerance information on food and feed commodities. Users can now locate the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section numbers (for example 180.220 for atrazine) to determine whether a pesticide ingredient has a permanent tolerance or exemption from the requirement of a tolerance by the pesticide common name (e.g., dicamba, thidiazuron) or by pesticide type and family (e.g., acaricide, carbamate family).

October 18
Request for Chemical Substance Nominations for 2011 IRIS Program
EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is a human health assessment program that evaluates quantitative and qualitative risk information on effects that may result from exposure to specific chemical substances found in the environment. EPA is soliciting public nominations for chemical substances for its 2011 agenda. Nominations must be submitted by December 17, 2010.

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October 15
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting Cancelled
The November 2-5, 2010 meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to consider and review the Chlorpyrifos Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic (PBPK/PD) Modeling linked to the Cumulative and Aggregate Risk Evaluation System (CARES) has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for early 2011.

October 8
EPA Extends by One Year the Compliance Date on Spill Prevention Rule for Certain Facilities
EPA is extending the compliance date by one year for certain facilities subject to recent amendments to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule. The Agency is also announcing that some facilities will not be eligible for the one year extension and will have to comply by the current date of November 10, 2010. In summary, the rule would:

· Extend the date by which the owners or operators of certain facilities must prepare or amend and implement an SPCC plan by one year to November 10, 2011.

· Delay the compliance date by which facilities must address milk and milk product containers that are constructed according to the current applicable 3-A sanitary standards, and subject to the current applicable grade “A” pasteurized milk ordinance (PMO) or a state dairy regulatory requirement equivalent to the current applicable PMO until one year after EPA finalizes a rule for these facilities.

· Maintain the current November 10, 2010 compliance date for drilling, production and workover facilities that are offshore or that have an offshore component, and for onshore facilities required to have and submit FRPs.

· Reconcile the compliance dates for new production facilities.

These amendments do not remove the regulatory requirement for owners or operators of facilities in operation before August 16, 2002, to maintain and continue implementing an SPCC plan in accordance with the SPCC regulations then in effect.

Change to Pesticide Containers and Containment Labeling Compliance Date
EPA is amending the pesticide container and containment regulations to provide an 8-month extension of the labeling compliance date from December 16, 2010 to August 16, 2011. This change is being made to provide additional time for pesticide registrants to revise labels to bring them into compliance with the regulations and for EPA and states to review and approve the revised labels.

EPA Awards over $697,000 To Regulate Pesticides
EPA awarded nearly $700,000 to Arkansas and Oklahoma to administer their stateís pesticide regulatory program. The projects will help fund different pesticide programs within the states. The programs include: enforcement, applicator certification, worker protection standards, pesticides in water, endangered species and implementation of the new Container/Containment Rule.

October 7
EPA Orders Whately, Mass. Farmer To Restore Damaged Wetlands
EPA has ordered the restoration of more than 17 acres of freshwater wetlands in Whately, Mass. The forested and scrub wetlands were altered in the course of preparing land for new farm fields. Beginning in 1984 and continuing through 2005, the farmer and workers operating under his direction grubbed, graded, filled, and altered approximately 17.3 acres of wetlands next to farm fields at several locations on his farm. The farmer failed to obtain a federal permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) authorizing the discharges of dredged and fill material into the wetlands. Under the CWA, persons wishing to discharge dredged and/or fill material into wetlands must obtain federal permits from the Army Corps of Engineers in most cases, including when expanding farm fields. Under the Administrative Order, the farmer is required to restore the disturbed 17.3 acres of wetland to its previous state. The Restoration Plan requires the farmer to remove all dredged and/or fill material and ensure that the land is returned to pre-disturbance conditions. The Administrative Order also directs the farmer to consult with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on appropriate irrigation practices that will minimize impacts, such as lowering the water table, to wetlands in the future.

New EPA Publication on Web - Protecting Children’s Health: The National Pesticide Program
EPAís Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) has published a new document entitled Protecting Childrenís Health: The National Pesticide Program. This document provides an overview of OPPís comprehensive activities to protect children from pesticide risks and discusses efforts to expand that protection.

North Carolina Producer and Wisconsin Distributor To Pay Civil Penalties for Selling Misbranded Lawn Herbicide-Fertilizer
A North Carolina manufacturer and registrant for the herbicide Barricade (prodiamine), and a Wisconsin company that served as an authorized distributor of a fertilizer product containing the herbicide, have agreed to pay civil monetary penalties to the United States to settle allegations that they sold a misbranded pesticide and altered labels on the pesticide product. During an inspection of a Missouri lawn care business in March 2010, a representative of the Missouri Department of Agriculture found bags of fertilizer that bore conflicting stick-on labels for the percentage of active ingredients. The stick-on labels also partially covered the directions for the productís safe and proper use.

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October 6
National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center October Newsletter and Webcast Exit EPA
The October edition of the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC) newsletter is now available. Topics include: November webcast on the Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures (SPCC) rule; new LPELC web pages on anaerobic digestion; the role of agriculture in greenhouse gas emissions and capture, life cycle assessments for dairy, beef, and swine operations; EPA's revised permit writers manual; nutrients in water (US Geological Survey report); injection and ammonia emissions; SARE farmer/rancher grants; and exciting events from around the world of animal ag. The next webcast, scheduled for October 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm (Eastern), is the second of a two part series on the National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT), and will include case studies on swine and poultry operations. Speakers are: Natalie Rector, Jerry May, and Darrin Karcher; Michigan State University. A second webcast later this month (October 26, 2010; tentative time: 6 pm Eastern), will feature a synopsis live from the National Poultry Waste Management Symposium in North Carolina by four presenters and a panel discussion. Questions will be answered from the live audience as well as the webcast audience. Topics range from phosphorus, to the Chesapeake Bay and economics/environmental aspects of using poultry litter on crops to air quality. Speakers are: Kelly Donham, University of Iowa; Daren Harmel, USDA ARS; Steve Auman, PCS Sales; James McNaughtan, AHPharma.

October 1
EPA Helps Launch Global Methane Initiative To Cut Greenhouse Gases
EPA and Mexicoís Ministry of Environment along with thirty-six other countries, the European Commission, the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank launched a new Global Methane Initiative that urges stronger international action to address near-term climate change. The initiative expands on existing global efforts to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, while providing significant clean energy, human health, environmental and economic benefits. EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy, represented the agency at the meetings that took place September 30 and October 1 in Mexico City. The initiative will build on the existing structure and success of the Methane to Markets Partnership, an international partnership launched in 2004, while enhancing and expanding its efforts and encouraging new financial commitments from developed country partners. All the representatives at the meeting affirmed that the work of the initiative will continue to ensure international cooperation in a manner that is supportive of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

EPA Updates 'Enable the Label' Online Discussion Forum with New Topic: LRM Chapter 3
EPAís Office of Pesticide Programs has posted an update to Enable the Label, our online discussion forum thatís used to improve clarity and usefulness for Label Review Manual (LRM) users. Chapter 3 is the discussion topic for October, with a particular focus on mandatory versus advisory statements, types of pesticide labeling, and label format. After the discussion thread closes at the end of October, we will review comments received and incorporate useful ones into future revisions of the Label Review Manual. For this discussion focusing on the Label Review Manual, the Agency is not asking for general discussions on pesticide policy issues.

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