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News Archive: October 2012

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October 2012
October 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

The October issue highlights a great webcast on "Pathogens: From Farm to Public Risk". It also includes a reminder on the upcoming abstract submission deadline for "Waste to Worth" along with several other excellent conferences. The National Resources section includes a set of research priorities for the future of animal science and advice for fall manure application (hint: cover crops!). Hot Topics on deck this month include: monensin and swine deep pit foaming, some USDA ARS research on copper in soils and using manure compost to reclaim mine lands. As always, check out the events, announcements, and "manure in the news" for the latest and greatest from around the world of animal agriculture stewardship. More...

Nonpoint Source News-Notes, October 2012, #92
In this second part of a two-part special focus series, Nonpoint Source News-Notes explores non-regulatory programs and initiatives that states implement, using their annual Clean Water Act (CWA) section 319 allocations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to help control excess nutrients from nonpoint sources. The previous issue of News-Notes, published in June 2012 (issue #91), addressed state regulatory programs designed to control nutrients and other nonpoint source pollutants.

October 23, 2012
EPA Orders Philadelphia Company to Stop Sale of Unregistered Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order to FMC Corp., requiring the Philadelphia-based company to immediately stop the sale and distribution of three pesticide products: Microbemax Volumetric Drain Foam, Microbemax Continuous Cleaning System, and Microbemax Starter Kit.

EPA Approves Additional Fuel Waivers for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act to temporarily waive federal clean diesel fuel requirements in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and in and around New York City to allow the use of home heating oil in highway vehicles, nonroad vehicles, and nonroad equipment designated by the States of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York for emergency response. These waivers were granted by EPA in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE).

October 19, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Pesticide Label Review Manual Chapters 8 and 9 Updated

The EPA's Pesticide Program has posted newly edited versions of Chapters 8 and 9 of its online Label Review Manual. Chapter 8 covers environmental hazards and provides the precautionary language informing users of the potential hazards to the environment from transport, use, storage or spill of the product. Chapter 9 deals with physical or chemical hazard statements that address flammability, explosive potential and precautions, as well as special hazard statements that are required for certain fumigants. The edits are based on over 730 comments on the LRM collected over a two-year period that ended in July 2012. The EPA solicited comments on the LRM from all interested parties through the Enable the Label discussion forum. The updates are editorial in nature, meant to improve the clarity and usefulness of the manual for its users, and establish no new policies. In some cases, obsolete references have been removed and replaced by updated guidance based on more recent rules or other policy documents. Several additional updated chapters should be posted in the near future.

October 18, 2012
New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, the How's My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation's water resources. Forty years later, EPA is providing citizens with a technology-based tool to expand that stewardship.

October 16, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Children's Health Month: EPA Highlights the Importance of Creating Healthy Environments Where Children Live, Learn, Play and Work
In celebration of Children's Health Month, the EPA is highlighting the importance of protecting children from the health risks posed by pests as well as the potential effects of pesticides. Protecting children's health where they live, learn, play and work is a priority and one of EPA's most important responsibilities. Pesticides have widespread uses and may affect children's health in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, child care programs, play areas and agricultural fields.

U.S. EPA Honors Fresno State's WET Center
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld today recognized California State University, Fresno's Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center at an environmental award ceremony. The Pacific Southwest Region's 2012 Efficient Water Infrastructure Award was presented at Fresno State to the WET Center's David Zoldoske.

October 11, 2012
EPA Approves the Texas Air Permitting Program
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved revisions to the State's permitting program for major air pollution sources under the Clean Air Act's New Source Review (NSR) program. The changes, submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, increase regulatory certainty and efficiency while ensuring public health and the environment are protected.

EPA Awards $30 Million for Clean Diesel Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $30 million for clean diesel projects as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to asthma attacks and premature deaths. The Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA, is designed to replace, retrofit or repower older diesel-powered engines like marine vessels, locomotives, trucks and buses.

October 10, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Coming Soon! National Stakeholders Meeting on Honey Bee Health
The Environmental Protection Agency is participating in the National Stakeholders Meeting on Honey Bee Health on October 15-16. The meeting will focus on the primary factors affecting honey bee health, including: nutrition, pesticides, pests and pathogens, and bee biology and colony management. It is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-led Colony Collapse Disorder Steering Committee and Pennsylvania State University. The EPA is part of the CCD Steering Committee, and together with USDA we look forward to receiving input from research scientists, beekeepers, agrochemical companies, state officials, non-governmental organizations and others who share our desire to improve honey bee health. Efforts from this meeting will help inform the focus and direction of the CCD Steering Committee's actions to support honey bee health.

October 4, 2012
Sterling, Conn. Horse Facility to Restore 11+ Acres of Wetlands, Resolving Clean Water Act Violations
The owners of Falls Creek Farm, a horse boarding and training facility and farm located in Sterling, Conn., have agreed to restore and create 11.3 acres of wetlands to settle claims by the United States that wetlands were illegally filled and altered during construction of a private golf course and other modifications to their property.

October 3, 2012
U.S. EPA Honors Dixon Ridge Farms as Sustainable Agricultural Champion
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld today recognized Dixon Ridge Farms in a Winters, Calif. environmental award ceremony. The Pacific Southwest Region's 2012 Sustainable Agricultural Champion Award was presented to the organic walnut farm's founder, Russ Lester.

October 2, 2012
Two Washington State Fruit Companies Violate Federal Air Regulations
Two eastern Washington fruit companies failed to meet risk management plan requirements under the federal Clean Air Act, according to separate settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As part of the settlements, Dovex Fruit Company and Clasen Family Company will pay fines and submit missing reports to manage ammonia use.

October 1, 2012
Bayer CropScience LP to Pay $13,900 Penalty for Distribution of Misbranded Pesticides in Missouri
Bayer CropScience LP has agreed to pay a $13,900 civil penalty to the United States to settle a series of environmental violations related to the distribution of misbranded pesticides through its facility in Kansas City, Mo.
According to an administrative consent agreement and final order filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan., an inspection of Bayer's Kansas City facility in November 2011 found that on November 28, 2011, Bayer CropScience shipped a quantity of the pesticide Ethosumesate, without a product label, an EPA registration number, or an EPA producing establishment number.

Settlement with Suiza Dairy Corporation For Violations at Facilities in Puerto Rico Will Make Facilities Safer, Benefit Nearby Communities
Suiza Dairy has agreed to pay a penalty and make significant upgrades to settle Clean Air Act violations, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The case stems from violations at two Suiza Dairy Corporation dairies located in Rio Piedras and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, including two major releases of anhydrous ammonia from the Rio Piedras facility.

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