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November Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter
The November issue introduces a three-part webcast series on recovering nutrients from manure. Part 1 is on November 15. LPELC teams want to remind everyone about manure sampling, carcass disposal, and a climate change online course. Additional topics are the trends in nitrate levels in the Mississippi River Basin and a new publication on vermicomposting from ATTRA. You can also find out more on tile drainage, a cash prize for coming up with an idea to reduce nutrient pollution, and the most recent, of many, court rulings in cases involving the Environmental Protection Agency. As always, the newsletter also keeps you up-to-date on state programs, events and "manure in the news". More...
November 20, 2013
EPA Offers Funding to Reduce Pollution from Diesel Engines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. The rebates will reduce harmful pollution and improve air quality in local areas.
“Exhaust from diesel construction equipment affects children, senior citizens and others in neighborhoods across the country”,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. "These rebates will help equipment owners protect public health and improve air quality near construction sites while updating their fleets.”
EPA Awards $556,650 to Help Massachusetts Marine Vessels Reduce Diesel Emissions
Two Massachusetts projects have been awarded more than a half-million dollars under a competitive national grant competition to reduce diesel emissions.
The grants, totaling $556,650, were made under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funding will assist CLF Ventures, Inc., which is receiving $300,000 to repower the Spirit of Boston; and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), which has been awarded $256,650 to repower eight commercial lobster boats.
November 15, 2013
EPA Proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards / Proposal Seeks Input to Address “E10 Blend Wall,” Reaffirms Commitment to Biofuels
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed for public comment the levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel as required by Congress under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Developed with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture, the proposal seeks public input on annual volume requirements for renewable fuels in all motor vehicle gasoline and diesel produced or imported by the United States in 2014. The proposal seeks to put the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program on a steady path forward – ensuring the continued long-term growth of the renewable fuel industry – while seeking input on different approaches to address the “E10 blend wall.”
November 12, 2013
EPA Region 7 to Participate at National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk Event Nov. 14 in Kansas City, Mo.
EPA officials will be available for interviews at the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Trade Talk event at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Interview topics include outreach to the agricultural community, regulatory updates, animal feeding operations, nutrient management and pesticides.
November 6, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Seeks Public Input on Newly Designed Graphic for Bug Repellent Labels - New graphic will help consumers make informed choices to protect their health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a Federal Register Notice seeking public input on a new insect repellent graphic for skin-applied insect repellent product labels. The graphic, which may be applied voluntarily by manufacturers, will provide consumers with important health information including the estimated number of hours a product will repel potentially harmful insects like mosquitoes and ticks when used as directed.
"EPA is working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF labeling did for sunscreens," said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "By providing vital health information to consumers, this new graphic will help parents, hikers and the general public better protect themselves from serious health problems caused by mosquito and tick bites."
November 4, 2013
WEDNESDAY, November 6: EPA Chief in Kansas City to Support Environmental Justice Efforts
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to award an environmental justice grant to the Black Health Care Coalition.
The grant will further EPA’s ongoing efforts to make a visible difference in communities across the country by educating citizens on environmental factors related to their health. Administrator McCarthy will also lead a roundtable discussion about creating a healthy environment for children, and will highlight EPA’s commitment to carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution.
November 1, 2013
Assessing Pesticide Risks to Endangered Species – Workshop on Implementing NAS Recommendations
On November 15, 2013, four federal agencies – the EPA, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – will hold a stakeholder workshop entitled "Status of Efforts to Implement the Recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences' Report, 'Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.'" The four agencies worked collaboratively to develop interim scientific policies and procedures, and will present their joint Interim Approaches for implementing the recommendations contained in the April 2013 NAS report. The stakeholder workshop will provide an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the document. This Interim Approaches document and a meeting agenda will be available shortly before the meeting at http://www.epa.gov/espp.
EPA Releases Agency Plans for Adapting to a Changing Climate
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans for public review and comment. In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change announced today, the Implementation Plans provide detailed information about the actions EPA plans to take across the country to help communities adapt to a changing climate.
“To meet our mission of protecting public health and the environment, EPA must help communities adapt to a changing climate,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These Implementation Plans offer a roadmap for agency work to meet that responsibility, while carrying out President Obama’s goal of preparing the country for climate-related challenges.”
EPA Hosts 2013 International Decontamination Research and Development Conference
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold its 2013 International Decontamination Research and Development Conference on November 5-7 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
This year’s conference will focus on research around the decontamination of indoor and outdoor areas, and materials contaminated with biological, chemical, and radiological agents. Richard Danzig, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation, a member of the Defense Policy Board and the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and a Director of the Center for a New American Security will give the keynote speech. Lek Kadeli, EPA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development, will be discussing how EPA's research helps enhance community sustainability by preparing communities for the challenges ahead and strengthening their resiliency in the wake of future disasters.
Progressive Nutrition of Norfolk, Neb., to Pay $125,000 for Settlement of Federal Pesticide Violations
Progressive Nutrition, a pesticide producer in Norfolk, Neb., has agreed to pay a civil penalty totaling $125,000 to settle allegations related to the unregistered production and distribution of misbranded and unregistered pesticides in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of a Pesticide Chemical in or on Various Commodities -- announces the Agency's receipt of an initial filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of a pesticide chemical in or on various commodities (Nov. 25)
- Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of an Application for a New Active Ingredient --received an application to register a pesticide product containing an active ingredient not included in any previously registered pesticide product (Nov. 22)
- Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations -- EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period (Nov. 20)
- Fenpropathrin; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of fenpropathrin in or on multiple commodities (Nov. 20)
- Tebuconazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of tebuconazole in or on the fruiting vegetable group 8-10 and amends the existing tolerances for barley grain and the cucurbit vegetable group 9 (Nov. 15)
- Boscalid; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of boscalid in or on multiple commodities (Nov. 8)
- Prothioconazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of prothioconozole in or on bushberries (crop subgroup 13-07B); low growing berries, except strawberry (crop subgroup 13-07H); and cucurbit vegetables (crop group 9) (Nov. 8)
- Spirotetramat; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of spirotetramat in or on corn, sweet, kernel plus cob with husks removed and persimmon and revises established tolerances in or on feijoa, papaya, and Spanish lime, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) (Nov. 6)
- Imazapyr; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of imazapyr in or on lentil at 0.2 parts per million (ppm); and rapeseed subgroup 20A and sunflower subgroup 20B at 0.05 ppm (Nov. 6)
- Pesticides; Repellency Awareness Graphic; Notice of Availability -- EPA is seeking comment on a repellency awareness graphic for producers of skin-applied insect repellent products to voluntarily place on repellent product labels (Nov. 6)
- Fomesafen; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of fomesafen in or on multiple commodities (Nov. 1)
October Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter
The October issue features webcasts on a water quality risk assessment tool and nutrient recovery from digesters. The LPELC has been hard at work with an online course on animal ag and climate change. The featured video is on "Health Impacts of Air Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations". The national resources section includes a plethora of climate change reports from several United Nations subsidiaries as well as AgSTAR conference proceedings and an EPA nutrient geospatial data tool. Hot topics include pigs and MRSA, several court cases against EPA being decided, biochar, steroids, and plastic made from manure. As always, there are state program highlights, events, and "manure in the news". More...
October 25, 2013
County Edge Dairy Inc. to Pay $20,000 Penalty for Clean Water Act Violations at its Inwood, Iowa, Facility
County Edge Dairy Inc. has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its Inwood, Iowa, facility, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
County Edge Dairy qualifies as a large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) under Clean Water Act regulations. However, at the time of EPA’s inspection in July 2012, County Edge Dairy did not possess a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit as required by law. The dairy confined approximately 1,000 cattle at the time of the inspection.
EPA Awards $65,000 to Pima County to Reduce Water Pollution, Build Resilience to Climate Change
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced $65,000 in funds to help Pima County expand its use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to the impacts of climate change. The funding will help the county complete a green infrastructure guidance manual.
The southern Arizona project is one of six announced today in support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which directs federal agencies to identify climate-resilient investments such as agency grants and technical assistance for communities across the country. Green infrastructure builds resilience to the impacts of climate change, particularly by reducing the burden on local water infrastructure.
October 23, 2013
Kansas and Illinois Pesticide Distributors to Pay Penalties Totaling $96,640 for Distributing Misbranded Pesticides
A pesticide producer in Kansas and pesticide registrant in Illinois have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $96,640 to settle allegations related to their roles in the distribution of misbranded pesticides in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
In October 2011, the Missouri Department of Agriculture conducted an inspection of the American Chemical Systems II, Inc. facility located in Springfield, Mo. In January 2012, the Kansas Department of Agriculture conducted an inspection of the American Chemical Systems II, Inc. facility located in Wichita, Kan. The agencies conducted the inspections to determine the FIFRA compliance status of American Chemical Systems II, Inc., a supplemental distributor of Mason Chemical Company.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- 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 (Oct. 30)
- Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1a and 1b of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (Oct. 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 (Oct. 25)
- Glyphosate; Pesticide Tolerances -- amends the established tolerance for residues of the herbicide glyphosate in or on canola, seed at 20 parts per million (ppm) by changing the tolerance expression from the combined residues of glyphosate only, to the combined residues of glyphosate and N-acetyl-glyphosate (expressed as glyphosate equivalents) (Oct. 2)
- Methoxyfenozide; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of methoxyfenozide in or on multiple commodities (Oct. 2)
- Sedaxane; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of sedaxane in or on potato and potato, wet peel (Oct. 2)
- Pesticide Experimental Use Permits; Notice of Receipt of Applications; Comment Request -- This notice announces EPA's receipt of applications requesting experimental use permits (EUPs). The Agency has determined that the permits may be of regional and national significance. Comments must be received on or before November 1, 2013. (Oct. 2)