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News Archive: September 2012

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September 2012
September 2012 Newsletter, Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
The September issue includes a webcast on the "Waste to Worth" conference on September 21, 2012. (Note the extended abstract submission deadline). We also announce the winner of our "name that app" contest. The rest of the newsletter includes some great resources on anaerobic digestion and a lot of grant opportunities. More...

September 27, 2012
EPA releases Lower Yakima Valley Nitrate Study for public review and input
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released today a report for public input that assesses likely sources of nitrate pollution - including dairy farms and crop fields - in Lower Yakima Valley groundwater and some drinking water wells. The Agency has begun collaborative efforts with state agencies, dairy farmers and community stakeholders to develop and implement lasting solutions to water quality problems. The EPA will accept public input on the report until November 30.

September 19, 2012
EPA Awards Grant to Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy to Reduce Releases of Toxic Chemicals in Great Lakes Basin
The U.S. Environmental Agency awarded a $150,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy for a project to reduce releases of toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes basin. This is one of three GLRI grants focused on pollution prevention that EPA is announcing during National Pollution Prevention Week.

Pesticide News Story: EPA Funds Projects to Support Pesticide Risk Reduction in Agriculture
The EPA is announcing six projects to support the adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques in agriculture to reduce pesticide risk. IPM is an effective and environmentally-sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of easy-to-implement practices. The goal of these grants, which total $297,372, is to increase use of IPM in agriculture. The grants will expand public-private stewardship, and they will expand collaborative pesticide risk reduction efforts in agriculture. The Regional Agricultural IPM Grants are among the many grants that the agency issues to further the adoption of promising technologies and practices that reduce pesticide risk in various sectors.

September 18, 2012
Public Comment Sought on Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Response to Report on CAFO Permitting and Compliance Program
EPA is seeking public comment on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) response to EPA's initial findings from its informal investigation of IDNR's permit and compliance program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). IDNR submitted its response to EPA on Sept. 11, 2012, which outlines a number of actions to improve its animal feeding operations program.

September 14, 2012
EPA Sets Bio-based Diesel Volumes for 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today took action to establish the amount of bio-diesel products required to be included in diesel fuel markets in 2013. Bio-based diesel products are advanced bio-fuels that are derived from sources that include vegetable oils and wastes oils from renewable sources.

September 13, 2012
EPA Announces Settlement of Three Pesticides Enforcement Actions
The Environmental Protection Agency announced three enforcement actions against Missouri pesticides distributors for violations related to sales or distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides. All three cases involved the sale and distribution of plant growth regulators, which are regulated as pesticides by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

September 12, 2012
Hypoxia Task Force Launches New Monitoring Efforts to Track Water Quality Improvements
The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient (Hypoxia) Task Force announced today that it is launching two new efforts to monitor reductions in nutrients – nitrogen and phosphorus – throughout the watershed. The joint federal, state and tribal task force, chaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Iowa, has established the Mississippi River Monitoring Collaborative to evaluate progress toward reducing the amount of nutrients entering local waterways and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). a member of the Task Force is also preparing to update its technical standard for water quality monitoring to better measure the amount of nutrients coming from farm fields.

Pesticide News Story: EPA Releases New Resource Directory on Safely Controlling and Preventing Mosquitoes
The EPA has reorganized its resources about controlling mosquitoes and preventing bites on its website. Though the summer is winding down, the EPA advises the public that mosquitoes can still present a serious risk to public health.
The new resource directory includes simple, do-it-yourself prevention methods such as removal of standing sources of water where mosquitoes breed, easy tips to prevent being bitten, how to use insect repellants safely, and information about pesticides commonly used in mosquito control programs.

September 7, 2012
Scotts Miracle-Gro Will Pay $12.5 Million in Criminal Fines and Civil Penalties for Violations of Federal Pesticide Laws
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a producer of pesticides for commercial and consumer lawn and garden uses, was sentenced today in federal district court in Columbus, Ohio, to pay a $4 million fine and perform community service for eleven criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which governs the manufacture, distribution, and sale of pesticides. Scotts pleaded guilty in February 2012 to illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are toxic to birds, falsifying pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, and distributing unregistered pesticides. This is the largest criminal penalty under FIFRA to date.

September 6, 2012
EPA Awards $15 Million to Assist U.S. Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $15 million in funding to provide training and technical assistance to small drinking and wastewater systems – those serving fewer than 10,000 people – and to private well owners. The funding will help provide training and tools to improve small system operations and management practices, promoting sustainability and supporting EPA's mission to protect public health and the environment.

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