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News Archive: October 2011

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October 21
EPA Co-Proposes Two Options for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule
EPA co-proposes two options for obtaining basic information from CAFOs to support EPA in meeting its water quality protection responsibilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The purpose of this co-proposal is to improve and restore water quality by collecting facility-specific information that would improve EPA's ability to effectively implement the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program and to ensure that CAFOs are complying with the requirements of the CWA. Under one co-proposed option, EPA would use the authority of CWA section 308 to obtain certain identifying information from all CAFOs. Under the other option, EPA could use the authority of CWA section 308 to obtain this information from CAFOs that fall within areas that have been identified as having water quality concerns likely associated with CAFOs (focus watersheds). Comments on this proposed action must be received on or before December 20, 2011. EPA plans to hold two Webinars in November, 2011 to provide an overview of, and answer questions about, the proposed rule requirements.

National Academy of Sciences Public Meeting on Issues Relating to Pesticides and Endangered Species
On November 3-4, 2011, a committee of the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS's) National Research Council (NRC) will hold its first public meeting to examine scientific and technical issues related to the methods and assumptions used by EPA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to carry out their joint responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The NRC review was requested by EPA, the Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In its deliberations, the NRC will focus on the scientific and technical methods and approaches the agencies use in determining potential risks to endangered and threatened species associated with the use of pesticides. The NRC will consider a range of issues including identifying best available scientific data and information; considering sub-lethal, indirect, and cumulative effects; assessing the effects of chemical mixtures and inert ingredients; using models to assist in analyzing the effects of pesticide use; effectively incorporating uncertainties into the evaluations; and using geospatial information and datasets that can be employed by the agencies in the course of these assessments. This review is expected to take 18 months with an additional 3 months to produce a report of the findings. The final NRC report is expected to be issued in the winter of 2013.

October 20
EPA Proposes the 2012 Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
EPA is proposing uses that qualify for the 2012 critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced, imported, or supplied from existing pre-phaseout inventory for those uses in 2012. Comments must be submitted by November 21, 2011.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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October 17
SPCC Compliance Date Extension for Farms
On October 13, 2011, EPA amended the date by which farms must prepare or amend and implement their Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans, to May 10, 2013. This rule is effective on November 7, 2011 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by November 2, 2011. If EPA receives adverse comment, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. The amendment does not remove the regulatory requirement for owners or operators of farms in operation before August 16, 2002, to maintain and continue implementing an SPCC Plan in accordance with the SPCC regulations then in effect. Such farms continue to be required to maintain plans during the interim until the applicable compliance date for amending and implementing the amended Plans. Finally, the amendment does not relieve farms from the liability of any oil spills that occur.

October 14
Office of Pesticide Programs Launches Online Searchable Database of Inert Ingredients Approved for Use in Pesticides
EPAís Pesticide Program has released a new online searchable database, called Inert Finder. This database allows pesticide formulators and other interested parties to easily identify chemicals approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. It will allow registrants developing new products or new product formulations to readily determine which inert ingredients may be acceptable for use as well as making this same information more readily available to the public. Users can search for inert ingredients by chemical name or Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry Number to determine whether inert ingredients are approved for products that have food or nonfood uses. Search results will also provide any applicable use limitations and will flag inert ingredients for which companies have asserted data compensation rights.

Four New Questions and Answers Posted to Labeling Q&A Web Page
The Labeling Consistency Committee has posted four new questions and answers to its Pesticide Labeling Questions and Answers Web page. The Web page is a tool through which the committee receives questions on general labeling policy issues from the public, including many registrants and state regulators, and develops answers for posting under more than three dozen subject matter headings. The committee has representatives of most Pesticide Program divisions as well as the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and the Office of General Counsel. The items posted most recently involve advertising claims in general and for a type of antimicrobial sanitizer, the use of Quick Response codes on labels and the use of certain graphic images to depict product fragrances.

October 11
Massachusetts and Japanese Companies Settle with EPA for Pesticide Violations
A Wakefield, Mass. company and a company from Nagoya, Japan have agreed to pay a total of $220,000 to settle claims by EPA that they imported, distributed and sold silver-ion based antimicrobial pesticide products in violation of federal pesticide requirements.

October 7
National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC) October Newsletter and Webcast Exit EPA
The October edition of the LPELC newsletter is now available. Topics include: Looking Forward to the November Webcast - Moving Manure Nutrients -Methods & Implications; CAST Webcast, Nitrogen Tools, Farmerís Guide, Hog Manure Trends; Spotlight On: Efficient Transport, Versatile Litter, MUN and Ammonia, Manure Safety; National Water Conference, Vermicomposting, Mortality Management; and Manure and Animal Ag In the News. The next webcast, “Proper Closure of Manure Storage Lagoons,” will be held on October 21, 2011, and will present examples and challenges of properly closing earthen manure storage and treatment structures, and discuss regulatory requirements for pre and post closure procedures. This live presentation will be of interest to technical service providers, extension educators, regulatory agency personnel, crop consultants, producers, and manure haulers and applicators. Speakers are: Karl Vandevender, University of Arkansas; Thomas Bass, Montana State University; Catherine Nash, USDA NRCS; Jeremy Seiger, USA EPA Region 6; Terry Medley, KS Dept of Health and the Environment; and Saqib Mukhtar, Texas AgriLife Extension.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

October 3
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel
EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face meeting of the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to review EPA's draft Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources (September 2011). The meeting will be held on October 25, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 26, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on October 27, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

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