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News Archive: September 2013

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September 2013
August/September Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter 
The September issue features the webcast on phosphorus bioavailability in dairy cattle. Check out the manure experts database and a playlist of animal mortality FAQ videos. We recap the North American manure Expo and link you to some great resources on nitrates, manure contaminants, climate change, and ecosystem services. It will also find out about dairy apps, a cow power movie, and manure bio security. As always there are great events and interesting links to manure in the news. More…

September 27, 2013
EPA Announces Second Opportunity for Public Comments on Proposed Ban on Boat Sewage Dumping into Lake Erie
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its initial determination that there are adequate facilities around Lake Erie for boats to pump out their sewage. The determination will allow the establishment of a “no discharge zone” for 593 square miles of the lake, its tributaries and bays, and 84 miles of shoreline that comprise the New York State portion of the lake. The EPA is providing an opportunity for the public to comment on the boat sewage dumping ban for a second time. The EPA initially made a determination in December 2012 that adequate sewage pump out facilities exist and that the state’s proposal to designate areas of Lake Erie as a “no discharge zone” can go forward. The EPA received significant comments questioning the availability of sewage pump-out facilities, particularly for larger vessels, and the EPA conferred with New York State to gather more information. That information gathering is now complete and the EPA is confirming its original opinion that there are adequate facilities.

September 26, 2013
U.S. EPA awards Hawaii $1.1 million to control polluted water runoff
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the Hawaii Department of Health a $1.1 million grant to implement its Polluted Runoff Control (PRC) Program and to support water quality improvement projects.
“EPA’s grant helps Hawaii reduce harmful stormwater runoff,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Our goal, along with the Department of Health, is to protect coastal waters and coral reefs from the effects of polluted surface water.”

September 25, 2013
EPA Opens Fumigant Registration Review Dockets for Public Comment
On September 25, 2013, the EPA opened dockets on a number of soil, structural, commodity, and antimicrobial fumigants for a 60-day comment period, making preliminary work plans for each fumigant included in the group and supporting documents that outline anticipated risk assessment and data needs available. These documents will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that may be considered during the course of registration review, which is the EPA’s periodic reevaluation of all registered pesticides to ensure that products in the marketplace can still be used safely. The agency is seeking comments on these documents and requesting information on the use parameters, or where and how these fumigants should be used. The comment period closes on November 25, 2013. The agency is using this process to continue the dialogue with stakeholders on label issues that have emerged during the reregistration label implementation process for the soil fumigants and throughout registration review.

September 23, 2013
Griffin Bros. Inc. settles with EPA for violating federal pesticide rules in Salem, OR
Griffin Bros. Inc. of Salem, Oregon has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal pesticide rules. According to today’s settlement, Griffin Bros. Inc. sold pesticides with improper labels in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. "When companies sell mislabeled pesticides they put people’s health and the environment at risk," said Kelly McFadden, manager of EPA’s pesticides and toxics enforcement program in Seattle. "Without proper labeling and safety instructions, consumers risk misapplying these pesticides."

September 19, 2013
Hancock County, Iowa, Cattle Feeder Agrees to Innovative Settlement for Violating Water Permit 
Branstad Farms, a cattle feedlot in Hancock County, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $5,100 civil penalty and perform a $26,000 Supplemental Environmental Project to settle alleged violations of the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

September 18, 2013
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Testimony Before House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power
In June, the President reaffirmed his commitment to reducing carbon pollution when he directed many federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, to take meaningful steps to mitigate the current and future damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions and to prepare for the anticipated climate changes that have already been set in motion. 
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate scientists are convinced that human caused climate change is occurring. If our changing climate goes unchecked, it will have devastating impacts on the United States and the planet. Reducing carbon pollution is critically important to the protection of Americans’ health and the environment upon which our economy depends.

September 17, 2013 
EPA Provides Grant for Organic Gardening and Composting Training in Brooklyn; Community Gardens in Bedford-Stuyvesant to Benefit from Program 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $30,000 to Green Guerillas, a New York City community-based organization, to teach organic gardening skills to a team of Brooklyn young people. The grant was awarded under the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, which supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.

September 16, 2013
California Agencies Seek Dairy Digester Projects -- Proposals Due November 1 
The California Department of Food and Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and their partner agencies in the California/Federal Dairy Digester Working Group have announced a joint solicitation for dairy digester concept proposals.

September 11, 2013 
Agreement Reached to Improve Iowa’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Permit and Compliance Program 
EPA has reached an agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to make changes to Iowa’s Clean Water Act (CWA) permit and compliance program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The agreement includes specific actions IDNR intends to take to remedy the program and a timeline for implementation of those actions to ensure clean, healthy water.

EPA Provides Grant for Urban Gardening and Green Infrastructure Program in Newark, New Jersey
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $30,000 to the Ironbound Community Corporation to provide community residents in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey the skills needed to create urban gardens in vacant city lots. The grant was awarded under the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, which supports communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.

September 6, 2013
EPA Makes Online Information about Protecting Pets from Fleas and Ticks Easier to Find
As a part of the Agency's effort to build a more user-friendly website, EPA has redesigned its online information about protecting pets from fleas and ticks to make it simpler for visitors to find the information they need quickly and easily. The Agency has reformatted the content using various tools to allow readers to scan content quickly. Additionally, these resources are now easier to read on mobile devices. Visit the Protecting Pets from Fleas and Ticks Resource Directory at http://www2.epa.gov/pets.

September 5, 2013
EPA Launches New Online Mapping Tool for Environmental Impact Statements
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an interactive web-based mapping tool that provides the public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions. When visiting the website, users can click on any state for a list of EISs, including information about the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of these projects.

September 3, 2013
SFIREG Full Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Pesticide Operations and Management (POM) Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on September 16, 2013, and ending September 17, 2013. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics. DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, September 16, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

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