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News Archive: August 2007

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August 31
Chemical Spill Reporting Violations: EPA Settles Illinois, Wisconsin Cases
EPA settled administrative cases involving hazardous chemical release reporting violations in Chicago, Illinois, and Fort Atkinson and Kansasville, Wisconsin. All three cases involved anhydrous ammonia, which is commonly used in commercial refrigeration systems and as fertilizer. Anhydrous ammonia releases of greater than 100 pounds must be immediately reported.

August 29
EPA Fines California Pesticide Manufacturer
EPA fined a San Leandro, California, pesticide manufacturer $5,200 for allegedly failing to submit its 2006 pesticide production report, which is a violation of the federal pesticide law. Copper Harbor Company, Inc., a wholesale chemical manufacturer, failed to submit its annual production report by EPA's March 1 deadline.

Comment Period Open for Pesticide Registration Review of Fenoxaprop-P-ethyl and Etofenprox
EPA has established registration review dockets for the following pesticides: Fenoxaprop-P-ethyl, case 7209, and etofenprox, case 7407. The Agency has also opened a public comment period for these registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration. Comments must be received on or before November 27, 2007.

Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Sodium Carbonate Available for Comment
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the low-risk pesticide sodium carbonate, weak mineral bases, and has opened a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. Sodium carbonate is a fungicide used as a neutralizer and buffering agent in industrial and manufacturing processes and as a hard surface disinfectant and sanitizer in institutional and residential settings. Comments must be received on or before October 29, 2007.

EPA Quarantine Exemptions for Light Brown Apple Moth Pheromones
EPA has evaluated and approved four products for emergency use in a quarantine program for a new invasive pest to the continental United States, the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). The EPA-approved quarantine products all contain moth pheromones designed to disrupt mating and thereby reduce populations of the pest.

August 28
EPA Orders Texas Dairy To Stop Discharge of Pollutants
Based on citizen complaints about the discharge of pollutants into Big Creek and an unnamed tributary to Schooley Creek in Hopkins County, Texas, EPA has issued a cease and desist administrative order to Center Point Dairy for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The dairy is a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. EPA inspected the facility in July 2007 and found numerous violations requiring compliance action. The facility has been ordered to immediately stop all discharges of pollutants from its lagoon and domestic septic systems. The facility has been given 7 days to clean up areas where domestic septic waste has pooled, and 14 days to properly remove solid waste from domestic septic tanks and repair septic waste collection systems. The dairy has also been asked to remove sediment buildup in its lagoon and restore the lagoon to proper operating conditions.

EPA Updates Web Site on Endangered Species Protection Program
EPA has updated and redesigned its Endangered Species Protection Program Web site to make it easier for visitors to find relevant information about the program and to reflect enforceable limitations on pesticides that will be put in place through its Endangered Species Protection Program (ESPP).

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August 24
EPA Pesticide Reregistration Continues To Meet Performance Measures
In a Federal Register Notice published on August 22, 2007, EPA announced its progress in meeting the Agency's performance measures and goals for pesticide reregistration during fiscal year 2006. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) requires EPA to publish information about EPA's annual achievements in this area. This notice discusses the integration of tolerance reassessment with the reregistration process, and describes the status of various regulatory activities associated with reregistration and tolerance reassessment.

Comment Period Extended for Soil Fumigants
As part of EPA's ongoing evaluation of soil fumigant pesticides, and in response to further requests from stakeholders, the Agency is extending the public comment period on risk reduction options until November 3, 2007. On May 2, 2007, EPA issued revised human health risk assessments and requested public comment on risk-reduction options for the soil fumigants: methyl bromide, metam sodium, dazomet, and chloropicrin. Another soil fumigant, 1,3-dichloropropene (telone) is included for comparison purposes, but its reassessment is complete and few if any regulatory changes are anticipated.

Great American Trucking Show Highlights First SmartWay Trucks To Use Renewable Fuels
The first group of SmartWay Grow & Go truckers to use renewable fuels will be recognized by the EPA's top air official at the Great American Trucking Show in the Dallas Convention Center. The Agency will also showcase a new fleet of SmartWay-certified tractors and trailers that could reduce fuel consumption by as much as 20 percent.

August 23
New Guidance on Watershed Permitting
EPA has published new technical guidance that will help integrate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits into watershed management plans. "Watershed-Based NPDES Permitting Technical Guidance" is a followup to the 2003 implementation guidance and leads permitting-interested parties through the analysis of watershed data and developing a framework for implementing an NPDES program.

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August 14
EPA Stops Illegal Waste Handling Activities at Additional HPI Products Locations
EPA has stopped illegal waste handling activities at four of eight HPI Products locations in St. Joseph, Mo., because of serious, long-term neglect of the environment and public health, EPA Region 7 Administrator John B. Askew announced. HPI, a 20-year-old pesticide registrant and producer, has two pesticide-producing establishments and six storage warehouses in the St. Joseph, Mo., area. HPI has never applied for a hazardous waste treatment, storage, or disposal facility permit.

EPA Supports myRMP (PDF) (2 pp, 83K) Exit EPA
EPA notified The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) of its support for the Web-based myRMP program, developed cooperatively by TFI and the Asmark Institute designed to assist agricultural retailers conduct required updates to risk management plans. EPA is recommending that retailers nationwide use myRMP. The program was launched Aug. 13 and is available for use by retailers across the country.

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August 13
EPA Provides D.C. With $1.2 Million To Control Polluted Runoff
EPA has awarded a $1.2 million grant to help control pollution from storm water runoff in the District of Columbia. The grant, which goes to the D.C. Department of Environment's non-point source program, will be combined with about $800,000 in local funding for a total award of $2 million.

Watershed Academy To Sponsor Free Webcast Seminar
EPA's Watershed Academy to sponsor its 24th free Webcast Seminar "Earth Gauge?: Conveying Environmental Information Through the TV Weather Report." EPA's Watershed Academy sponsors monthly Webcasts to offer free training and information for watershed practitioners around the globe. On Wed., Aug. 15, 2007, Sara Espinoza with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), and Joe Witte, meteorologist with ABC 7 WJLA TV, will discuss NEEF's Earth Gauge program.

August 10
A Synthesis Report on Climate and Land Use Change Effects on Ecological Resources in Three Watersheds
EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, "Climate and Land Use Change Effects on Ecological Resources in Three Watersheds: A Synthesis Report." EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. The 30-day public comment period begins August 10, 2007, and ends September 10, 2007. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by September 10, 2007.

Preliminary Assessment of Climate Change Effects on Stream and River Biological Indicators
EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, "Preliminary Assessment of Climate Change Effects on Stream and River Biological Indicators." EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. The 30-day public comment period begins August 10, 2007, and ends September 10, 2007. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by September 10, 2007.

August 8
Los Angeles Company Pays Fine To Settle Alleged Household Pesticides Violations
As part of a recent settlement with EPA over the alleged sale of unregistered pesticides, a Los Angeles company will pay $59,000. The company allegedly sold several unregistered pesticides. Mega Care Toilet Bowl Cleaner claimed to “kill germs,” Blue Bubble Auto Toilet Cleaner claimed it “disinfects,” and three surface wipes imported from China were identified as “antibacterial.” The products were sold in several states including California, Arizona, and Hawaii. The company is a large wholesale distributor to retail “dollar stores.”

Operator Training Grant Guidelines
The Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) is advising the public that EPA is issuing the operator training grant guidelines for states that receive underground storage tank (UST) funds from EPA. EPA developed the operator training grant guidelines as required by Section 9010 of Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by Section 1524 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

August 7
EPA Fines Fresno Pool Supply Company for Failing To Submit Production Reports
EPA fined a Fresno, Calif. pesticide manufacturer $5,200 for allegedly failing to submit its 2006 pesticide production report -- a violation of the federal pesticide law. The manufacturer failed to submit its annual pesticide production report by the EPA’s March 1 deadline. The company manufactures pool, spa, and fountain algaecides.

New Water Quality Trading Guide Available
A new EPA publication will help the regulated community design and implement voluntary water quality trading programs consistent with EPA's 2003 National Water Quality Trading Policy. This new guide will provide stakeholders with detailed guidance on the fundamental concepts of trading which can accelerate water quality improvement and reduce compliance costs.

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August 3
National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center August Newsletter and Webcast Exit EPA
The August edition of the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPE) newsletter is available. Topics include: Webcast Series Resumes in September; 2008 Webcast Schedule Coming Soon; Web Soil Survey 2.0 Is a Comprehensive and Useful Resource; and EPA Funded Research To Examine Hormones in Manure. The next Webcast will be on September 21, 2007, and will feature Mr. William Boyd of USDA NRCS, and Dr. Kelly Zering of North Carolina State University, speaking on "Value of Manure in Energy Production."

August 1
Comments Invited on Document Explaining Draft NAFTA Procedures for Determining Maximum Pesticide Residue Limits
EPA is seeking public comment on the document entitled Statistical Basis of the NAFTA Method for Calculating Pesticide Maximum Residue Limits from Field Trial Data. Although Canada's Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is also accepting comments, EPA and PMRA will be jointly responding to comments submitted to either Agency. Comments must be received on or before August 31, 2007.

Agency Withdraws Obsolete Pesticide Science Policy Document on Pesticides in Drinking Water
EPA announces the withdrawal of the revised version of the pesticide science policy document "Standard Operating Procedures for Incorporating Screening-Level Estimates of Drinking Water Exposure into Aggregate Risk Assessments.''  EPA's assessment of exposure to pesticide residues in drinking water no longer involves performing screening level assessments as described in this policy paper. Accordingly, EPA is withdrawing this science policy document. Instead, the Agency now routinely develops estimates of exposure to pesticides in drinking water using the more advanced methods that EPA has described in other science policy papers.

Fenoxycarb, Urea Sulfate Registration Reviews Available for Comment
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticides fenoxycarb (case number 7401) and urea sulfate (case number 7213), and has opened a public comment period for these reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will help the public understand the types of information and issues that EPA may consider during the reviews. Comments must be received on or before October 30, 2007.

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