News Archive: April 2014
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Region 10 April Tribal Newsletter
The Region 10 Tribal Newsletter is a monthly EPA publication with information about environmental issues of interest to tribes in the Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Briefing for Tribes on Proposed Changes to Worker Protection Standard. The EPA has scheduled a call for the Tribal Pesticide Program Council and any interested tribes to learn about the proposed changes to the Farm Worker Protection Standard.
April 30, 2014
EPA Seeks Comment on Proposed Decision to Register Enlist Duo Herbicide Containing the Choline Salt of 2,4-D and Glyphosate
The EPA is making available for a 30-day public comment period a proposed regulatory decision to register Enlist Duo containing glyphosate and the choline salt of 2,4-D for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D.
Weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to glyphosate-based herbicides and are posing a problem for farmers. If finalized, EPA’s action provides an additional tool to reduce the spread of glyphosate resistant weeds. To ensure that Enlist Duo successfully manages weed resistance problems, the proposal would impose requirements on the manufacturer including robust monitoring and reporting to EPA, grower education and remediation and would allow EPA to take swift action to impose additional restrictions on the manufacturer and the use of the pesticide if resistance develops.
April 18, 2014
“How’s My Waterway” Now More User-Friendly / App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the US
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an enhanced version of “How’s My Waterway,” an app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the continental United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.
The How’s My Waterway app and website, http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The new version of the site includes data on local drinking water sources, watersheds and efforts to protect waterways, as well as a map-oriented version of “How’s My Waterway” designed for museum kiosks, displays and touch screens, available at: http://watersgeo.epa.gov/mywaterway/kiosk/.
April 16, 2014
EPA Stops New Jersey Company from Selling Illegal Pesticides; Protects Public from Health Risks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Hannam Mart and NJ Hannam Chain Inc. for selling insecticides and anti-bacterial cleaning products at the Hannam Mart retail store in Fort Lee, New Jersey that were not registered and improperly labeled. Products used to kill pests and bacteria must be registered with the EPA to ensure they will not make people sick. They must also have labels with instructions on their proper use written in English. The companies have agreed to stop selling the products and will pay a penalty of $22,950.
April 15, 2014
Industry Beta Testing for the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program’s Electronic Response Module
The EPA is developing a fully electronic, Web-based submission system to handle responses to future Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) test orders.
During the week of April 21, 2014, EPA will be conducting Industry Beta Testing of the response module. This test will allow industry participants to access the test module and provide feedback on the response module prior to the tool’s launch. This feedback will be key to the successful development of this and future electronic submission systems. This beta testing was previously scheduled for the week of March 31, 2014.
Updated Conditional Pesticide Registration Web Page Now Available
EPA has updated the conditional pesticide registration Web page to enhance transparency and to provide additional information about conditional pesticide registrations. With this update, we are adding a table showing all pesticide active ingredients initially registered under the conditional registration authority in FIFRA from FY 2000 to the present. This analysis shows that the vast majority of registrants had submitted the data, and EPA had completed data review. Overall, the analysis of the data supports EPA’s findings at the time of the initial product registrations that the pesticides were properly reviewed and labeled.
Huntington, West Virginia Winner of 2014 “Livable Communities” Competition
The Appalachian community of Huntington, West Virginia has been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive technical assistance and implementation support through the Livable Communities in Appalachia program. The three organizations will work together to help Huntington improve its livability by promoting economic development, preserving rural lands, and increasing access to locally grown food.
April 14, 2014
EPA Scientist Receives Prestigious Award
Today, Dr. Steven Thomas Purucker of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was honored as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
April 10, 2014
EPA Enforcement Settlement Addresses Pesticide Violations by Chemical Universe, Inc., of North Kansas City, Mo.
An inspection by the Missouri Department of Agriculture of Chemical Universe, Inc., a pesticide producer in North Kansas City, Mo., has revealed alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Through an enforcement action with EPA Region 7, the company has agreed to pay a $34,740 civil penalty to settle the allegations related to the improperly reported production and distribution of misbranded and unregistered pesticides.
EPA Awards Over $9 Million to Universities for Research to Help Predict the Implications of Chemicals on Human Health and the Environment
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced research grants to Arizona State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara to better understand the impacts of chemicals and nanomaterials throughout their life cycle—from design, manufacture, use and disposal.
April 08, 2014
EPA Recognizes National Healthy Schools Day; Encourages Smart, Sensible, Sustainable Approach to School Pest Control; Promotes Webinar on Indoor Air Quality
Protecting children’s health where they live, learn, and play is a top priority for the EPA. April 8, 2014, is National Healthy Schools Day, a day dedicated to promoting healthy school environments for children. Healthy Schools Day is coordinated by Healthy Schools Network, Inc. in cooperation with the EPA to promote EPA’s environmental health guidelines and programs for schools and children’s health.
April 4, 2014
EPA Announces Voluntary Process to Provide Applicators with Online Access to Pesticide Labeling
Today, EPA is launching a new voluntary process by which registrants can opt to make legally valid pesticide labeling accessible online. Until now, no version of online labeling has been legally valid for the purpose of making a pesticide application. This Web-distributed labeling system will initially focus on agricultural and industrial pesticides and professional applicators.
MONDAY: U.S. EPA Administrator to Keynote Climate Discussion with Bipartisan Policy Center and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver a keynote address to a workshop convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). This workshop is the third in a series on greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation of existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. Colette D. Honorable of NARUC will also deliver remarks.
April 2, 2014
Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides – EPA Workshop on Joint Interim Approaches to NAS Recommendations
On April 22, 2014, the EPA will hold a one day workshop to provide a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on the joint interim approaches issued in November 2013, by the EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, “Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.”
EPA Seeks Small Entity Participation on Upcoming Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. This panel will focus on the agency’s proposed extension of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards beyond model year 2018.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Amendment of a Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Notice of Receipt of Application; Comment Request -- This notice announces EPA's receipt of an application from Robert I. Rose, Ph.D., on behalf of James Mains, Ph.D., Mosquito Mate, Inc., requesting to amend 89668-EUP-1 experimental use permit (EUP) to allow the applicant to add release and monitoring sites in California for Aedes albopictus male mosquitoes with Wolbachia pipientis ZAP strain bacteria and to extend the permit for the currently approved sites (Apr. 30)
- Diflubenzuron; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment -- EPA has received a specific exemption request from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture to use the pesticide diflubenzuron (CAS No. 35367-38-5) to treat up to 26,000 acres of alfalfa to control grasshoppers and Mormon crickets (Apr. 30)
- Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities -- announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities (Apr. 29)
- Methyl Bromide; Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amendment To Terminate a Certain Use; Amendment to Existing Stocks Provision -- EPA issued a cancellation order in the Federal Register of May 20, 2011 to, among other things, terminate use of products containing methyl bromide on golf courses (Apr. 29)
- Linuron; Pesticide Tolerances; Technical Correction -- EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of February 12, 2014, concerning the establishment of tolerances for residues of linuron in or on multiple commodities and the removal of a tolerance with regional registrations in or on parsley leaves (Apr. 29)
- Pesticide Products; Registration Applications for New Active Ingredients -- EPA has received several applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications (Apr. 18)
- Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations; Correction -- EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of November 20, 2013, and March 13, 2014, concerning receipt of requests to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations and its follow-up cancellation order, respectively (Apr. 18)
- Fluoxastrobin; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of fluoxastrobin in or on wheat, grain; and revises tolerances for milk; and milk, fat (Apr. 11)
- Imazapyr; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of imazapyr in or on soybean, meal at 4.5 ppm; and soybean, seed at 4.0 ppm (Apr. 9)
- Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application, Comment Request -- announces EPA's receipt of an application 8917- EUP-R from J.R. Simplot Company requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the Rpi-vnt1 gene that expresses the VNT1 protein in InnateTM 2.0 branded potato varieties. The Agency has determined that the permit may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, EPA is seeking comments on this application. (Apr. 9)
- Metaflumizone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of metaflumizone in or on eggplant, pepper, tomato, and tomato, paste (Apr. 4)
- Proquinazid; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of proquinazid in or on grape and raisin (Apr. 4)
- Imazapic; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes a tolerance for residues of imazapic in or on soybean, seed (Apr. 4)
- Thiram; Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes a tolerance for residues of imazapic in or on soybean, seed (Apr. 4)
- Pesticides; Final Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Web- Distributed Labeling --announcing the availability of a Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) titled ``Web-Distributed Labeling for Pesticide Products (Apr. 4)
- Clomazone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of clomazone in or on multiple commodities (Apr. 2)
- Propiconazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes a tolerance for residues of propiconazole in or on the rapeseed crop subgroup 20A (Apr. 2)
- Forchlorfenuron; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of forchlorfenuron in or on multiple commodities (Apr. 2)
- Office of Pesticide Programs; Notice of Public Meeting -- EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively, the Services), are holding a one day workshop to provide a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on the interim approaches that were issued in November 2013 by the EPA, USDA, and the Services in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, ``Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides''. (Apr. 2)