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April 20, 2015
Settlements Emphasize that Pesticides Need to be Labeled Correctly, Protecting Public and Environment from Misbranded Products

EPA has reached three settlements with companies that produce and/or market pesticides, resolving EPA allegations that the companies or their agents distributed and sold pesticide products which lacked required labels or were missing critical information required by the EPA-approved labels, in violation of the federal law regulating pesticide use in the United States (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, aka “FIFRA”). The settlements are between EPA and Bayer CropScience LP of Research Triangle Park, N.C., for an $85,500 penalty; E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. of Wilmington, Del., for a $22,200 penalty; and with Dow AgroSciences LLC of Indianapolis, Ind., which will pay a civil penalty of $182,640 and implement an environmentally-beneficial project worth about $231,000. The supplemental project requires that Dow develop a widely-available, web-based FIFRA training with a focus on “supplemental distribution,” which will assist entities that make, import, sell or distribute pesticide products, and other stakeholders to understand FIFRA requirements and ensure full compliance.

April 17, 2015
EPA Seeks Comment on Change to XML Format for Pesticide Product Information System
Beginning in March 2015, EPA began converting the format of the Pesticide Product Information System (PPIS) flat files to Extensible Markup Language (XML). XML is one of today’s modern standards for making large amounts of data available for reuse by others. It provides a simple and common format that facilitates accessing and using data in applications built by outside parties. XML files are readable by both computers and people.

April 15, 2015
EPA Mobile Lab Screens Austin Residents’ Soil

Scientists from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used a mobile lab facility to screen soil samples from Austin residences recently. Participants were able to bring soil from their garden or yard and have it assessed for heavy metals. Scientists from EPA’s lab facility in Houston worked with representatives from Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service and the city of Austin to provide the service. The mobile lab accepted 79 soil samples for analysis during the day-long event, as part of Austin’s Fusebox Festival. The city of Austin continued the screening for two more days with help from a technical grant from EPA’s Brownfields program, which helps communities restore blighted or contaminated properties to more productive use.

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