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News Archive: October 2013

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October 2013
October Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter
The October issue features webcasts on a water quality risk assessment tool and nutrient recovery from digesters. The LPELC has been hard at work with an online course on animal ag and climate change. The featured video is on "Health Impacts of Air Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations". The national resources section includes a plethora of climate change reports from several United Nations subsidiaries as well as AgSTAR conference proceedings and an EPA nutrient geospatial data tool. Hot topics include pigs and MRSA, several court cases against EPA being decided, biochar, steroids, and plastic made from manure. As always, there are state program highlights, events, and "manure in the news". More...

October 25, 2013
County Edge Dairy Inc. to Pay $20,000 Penalty for Clean Water Act Violations at its Inwood, Iowa, Facility
County Edge Dairy Inc. has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its Inwood, Iowa, facility, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
County Edge Dairy qualifies as a large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) under Clean Water Act regulations. However, at the time of EPA’s inspection in July 2012, County Edge Dairy did not possess a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit as required by law. The dairy confined approximately 1,000 cattle at the time of the inspection.

EPA Awards $65,000 to Pima County to Reduce Water Pollution, Build Resilience to Climate Change
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced $65,000 in funds to help Pima County expand its use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to the impacts of climate change. The funding will help the county complete a green infrastructure guidance manual. 
The southern Arizona project is one of six announced today in support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which directs federal agencies to identify climate-resilient investments such as agency grants and technical assistance for communities across the country.  Green infrastructure builds resilience to the impacts of climate change, particularly by reducing the burden on local water infrastructure.

October 23, 2013
Kansas and Illinois Pesticide Distributors to Pay Penalties Totaling $96,640 for Distributing Misbranded Pesticides
A pesticide producer in Kansas and pesticide registrant in Illinois have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $96,640 to settle allegations related to their roles in the distribution of misbranded pesticides in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
In October 2011, the Missouri Department of Agriculture conducted an inspection of the American Chemical Systems II, Inc. facility located in Springfield, Mo. In January 2012, the Kansas Department of Agriculture conducted an inspection of the American Chemical Systems II, Inc. facility located in Wichita, Kan. The agencies conducted the inspections to determine the FIFRA compliance status of American Chemical Systems II, Inc., a supplemental distributor of Mason Chemical Company.

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