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The news releases, reports, and other documents listed below have been selected by the Ag Center because they are of direct importance to the environmental compliance efforts of the agricultural community. The items are in chronological order, with the most recent listed first.

July 17, 2014
EPA Introduces New Graphic to Help Consumers Make Informed Choices about Insect Repellents
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new graphic that will be available to appear on insect repellent product labels. The graphic will show consumers how many hours a product will repel mosquitoes and/or ticks when used as directed.

July 16, 2014
EPA Administrator McCarthy to attend Commission on Environmental Cooperation

Today and Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will join host Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan José Guerra Abud in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada for the 21st Regular Session of the Council for the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
During the council session, Administrator McCarthy will discuss the Strategic Priorities for 2015-2020 and the Operational Plan for 2013-2014. Primary topics for discussion include mitigating and adapting to climate change, incorporating traditional ecological knowledge into environmental decision-making, and the pursuit of green growth and sustainable practices in North America.

July 15, 2014
Zep Inc. Pays $905,000 for Alleged Violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
Zep Inc., located in Atlanta, GA, has agreed to pay $905,000 to resolve alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. As part of the settlement, Zep Inc., has certified that it is now in compliance with FIFRA.
The alleged violations are related to the sale and distribution of the unregistered and misbranded pesticide, “Formula 165”, ” as a supplemental distributor without first obtaining a supplemental distribution agreement with the registrant between April 21, 2010, and January 6, 2012. The lack of a supplemental agreement also meant that ZEP Inc. was not authorized to manufacture or sell or distribute the pesticide.

EPA Honors Dunwoody’s Sprouts Farmers Market for its Climate Protection Efforts
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Sprouts Farmers Market of Dunwoody, Georgia, for its innovative climate-friendly refrigeration technology. Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney presented the store with a GreenChill Platinum-Level Store Certification, the highest honor under the GreenChill Partnership program, for its deployment of a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system.
The innovative technology being used in this store is recognized by EPA as both a major accomplishment under GreenChill as well as a significant step toward achieving the President’s Climate Action Plan goal to cut emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent greenhouse gases.

July 14, 2014
EPA Proposes Revision to Pesticide Export Labeling Regulations
The EPA is proposing to revise its regulations on pesticide export labeling. Once final, this rule would correct the inadvertent removal of a provision of the regulations that occurred in the January 2013 revisions to these regulations.

July 7, 2014
EPA Takes Action To Bring Suffolk County Company into Compliance with Pesticides Regulations; Fines Company for Selling Unregistered Cleaning and Surface Disinfectant Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Air Techniques, Inc. of Melville, New York, to settle violations of federal law governing pesticides. The company, which sells wholesale cleaners and a surface disinfectant that are used to clean instruments, equipment and surfaces in dental offices and medical facilities, sold unregistered pesticides and imported pesticides into the U.S. without proper notification. The company will pay a $375,000 penalty and come into compliance with federal pesticide law.

Media Call Advisory: EPA Administrator to Preview Missouri Visit with Farmers and Discussion of Efforts to Protect U.S. Waterways
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will hold a press call tomorrow, Tuesday, July 8 at 9:00 a.m. EDT to preview her trip to Missouri on Wednesday and Thursday. While in Missouri, McCarthy will meet with farmers, stakeholders and agribusiness leaders to discuss Waters of the US, a proposed rule that clarifies and protects our nations’ waters under the Clean Water Act.

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June 25, 2014
EPA Announces Revised Interim Guidance for Efficacy Evaluations of Products Making Clostridium Difficile Claims
The Environmental Protection Agency is revising the interim guidance for conducting efficacy evaluations of products making sporicidal claims against Clostridium difficile. Antimicrobial pesticide registrants and the laboratories that provide data to support their registrations should begin using the new Guidance for the Efficacy Evaluation of Products with Sporicidal Claims Against Clostridium difficile. The new guidelines will help ensure that EPA-registered antimicrobial pesticides are effective against C. difficile, which is especially critical in health care settings.

US EPA Administrator to Deliver Remarks at George Mason University’s Washington Youth Summit on the Environment
On Thursday, June 26, 2014, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver remarks to 200 high school students participating in George Mason University’s Washington Youth Summit on the Environment program. Administrator McCarthy’s speech will focus on climate change with an emphasis on the Clean Power Plan proposal, a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.

June 20, 2014
EPA is Advancing Pollinator Science and Sharing Useful Information with Growers and Beekeepers
On June 20, 2014, President Obama issued a directive to federal agencies to create a federal strategy to promote honey bee and other pollinator health. The President’s directive created a Pollinator Health Task Force, co-chaired by EPA and USDA, and charged federal agencies with expanding federal efforts and taking new steps to reverse pollinator losses. Scientists believe that honey bee losses are likely caused by multiple stressors, including poor bee nutrition, loss of forage lands, parasites, pathogens, and pesticides. EPA will address the role of pesticides and take action, as appropriate, to protect pollinators. Read President Obama's directive.

June 18, 2014
Tractor Supply Company settles with EPA for failure to properly report propane storage at five Washington retail locations
Tractor Supply Company (dba Del’s Feed and Farm Supply Stores) has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. According to the settlement, the company failed to properly report propane storage at five facilities in Washington and has agreed to pay a $134,400 penalty to resolve those violations.

June 17, 2014
EPA and Partners Celebrate Nation’s Largest Federally Owned Wind Farm; Site near Amarillo now generates power for nearby plant
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partner organizations celebrated the dedication of the Pantex Renewable Energy Project (PREP) near Amarillo, TX. The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led the development of the project, which includes the nation’s largest federally owned wind farm.

June 12, 2014
McGregor Company’s Nezperce, ID, Facility Nets EPA Penalty for Pesticide Violations
The McGregor Company, one of the largest independent fertilizer, agri-chemical, and equipment dealers in the Pacific Northwest, has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act at its Nezperce, Idaho, pesticide repackaging and refilling facility. The settlement included a $24,720 penalty.

Wilco-Winfield, LLC, Oregon pesticide re-packager, settles with EPA for pesticide violations at its Mt. Angel facility
Wilco-Winfield, LLC, an Oregon pesticide refilling and repackaging company, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The action was taken following an inspection conducted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in February 2013. As part of the settlement, EPA assessed a $15,360 civil penalty against the company.

June 6, 2014
EPA Opens Public Comment Period on Reinstituted Buffer Zones for Five Pesticides to Protect Pacific Salmon

EPA is requesting comments on a proposed stipulated injunction that, among other things, would reinstitute streamside no-spray buffer zones to protect endangered or threatened Pacific salmon and steelhead in California, Oregon and Washington state. The stipulated injunction would settle litigation brought against EPA by the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides and others in U.S. District Court in Washington state. These buffers were originally established by the same court in prior litigation brought against EPA by the Washington Toxics Coalition and others. Like the original buffer zones, the limitations in this proposed stipulated injunction would be part of a court order but would not be enforceable as labeling requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. To view the interactive map displaying the areas where buffer zones apply, go to www.epa.gov/espp/litstatus/wtc/uselimitation.htm.

EPA Ensures Company Discloses Pesticide Hazards
Today, a Milwaukee pesticide manufacturer paid a $738,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for advertising “Rozol Prairie Dog Bait” (Rozol PD) without identifying it as a “restricted use” pesticide, and for making unapproved claims about the pesticide, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

EPA Announces Funding for Tribes to Clean Up Diesel Engines
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that grant funding is available for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from older diesel engines. Diesel engines are extremely efficient, but emit air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM). These pollutants are linked to serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, other respiratory ailments, and premature death. This is the first time EPA is offering a separate tribal request for proposals for diesel emission reduction program (DERA) funds, and is in response to feedback from tribal communities.

June 5, 2014
New Educational Materials on Prairie Dog Control Pesticides Available for Certified Applicators
The Environmental Protection Agency has developed educational materials for certified pesticide applicators who use the anticoagulant rodenticides Rozol and Kaput-D Prairie Dog Bait to control black-tailed prairie dogs. The educational materials include a stewardship training program and instructions for conducting line transect searches.
These materials and additional information, including two videos, are available on EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/espp/anti-prairie-dog-bait-prod.html.

June 2, 2014
EPA Response to Petition by Growers for Endangered Species Act Transparency
EPA is responding to a petition submitted by Growers for Endangered Species Act Transparency. The petition, received in 2010, requested that EPA take action to establish clear and equitable procedures for notice and comment on EPA’s pesticide effects determinations for endangered species and other related actions.
Transparency and stakeholder involvement are a vital part of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. EPA has taken steps to address the concerns raised in the petition through a number of projects.

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