News Archive: January 2013
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January 2013 Nonpoint Source News-Notes
This issue of Nonpoint Source News-Notes focuses on states' use of Clean Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRF) to support nonpoint source pollution management projects. The CWSRF was established in 1987 to fund the construction of publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), nonpoint source pollution management and estuary protection projects. Historically, the majority of CWSRF funding has been directed toward POTWs, with 4.2 percent of cumulative funding provided to nonpoint source projects. Even at 4.2 percent, given that total cumulative CWSRF funding to date is currently $95.4 billion, the amount loaned for nonpoint source projects over the years is about $4 billion. Importantly, more states are discovering creative ways to leverage CWSRF to support both POTWs and nonpoint source projects.
January 31, 2013
EPA Proposes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2).
January 30, 2013
EPA Moves to Ban 12 D-Con Mouse and Rat Control Products / Action Will Prevent Thousands of Accidental Exposures Among Children Each Year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of 12 D-Con mouse and rat poison products produced by Reckitt Benckiser Inc. because these products fail to comply with current EPA safety standards. Approximately 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mouse and rat baits; EPA has worked cooperatively with companies to ensure that products are both safe to use around children and effective for consumers. Reckitt Benckiser Inc., maker of D-Con brand products, is the only rodenticide producer that has refused to adopt EPA's safety standards for all of its consumer use products.
January 24, 2013
EPA Announces Settlements with Company for Multiple Violations of Chemical Reporting and Pesticide Laws
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it reached settlements with two subsidiaries of the Kemira Group for violations of chemical and pesticide laws.
The settlement with Kemira Chemicals resolves alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, including the sale and distribution of an unregistered pesticide, the sale and distribution of misbranded pesticides, and pesticide production reporting violations. The sale and distribution of unregistered or misbranded pesticides can cause serious illness in humans and be harmful to the environment. Under the terms of the agreement, Kemira Chemicals has corrected the alleged violations and will pay a civil penalty of $301,600.
January 17, 2013
Pesticide News Story: Review on Corn Rootworm Resistance to Cry3Bb1 Posts to EPA IRM Docket
On January 17, 2013, the EPA released to the public an October 2012 Insect Resistance Management Team review and a January 17, 2013, memorandum summarizing that review. These documents present the EPA IRM Team's scientific conclusions on the status of corn rootworm resistance to the Cry3Bb1 toxin in certain parts of the Corn Belt.
January 16, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Seeks Comment on Pesticide Registration Notice for Web-Distributed Labeling
In January 16, 2013, Federal Register notice, the EPA is inviting comment on a draft Pesticide Registration notice that outlines a process by which registrants may add web-distributed labeling to the container labeling for a product. The container labeling would not be shortened in any way with the addition of web-distributed labeling as proposed. We believe that web-distributed labeling has the potential to improve compliance with labeled use instructions by making pesticide labels easier to read and comprehend. Web-distributed labeling would accomplish this, in part, by allowing the user to obtain online legally valid labeling that includes instructions for a specific location and intended use.
January 15, 2013
EPA Regions 7 and 8 Meet State Agriculture Directors in Denver
Officials from EPA Regions 7 and 8 hosted meetings Jan. 14 and 15 in Denver, Colo., with the directors of state agriculture departments of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. The meetings provided a forum for dialogue on EPA programs and regulations as well as specific issues, interests and concerns of the agriculture sector.
EPA Finalizes Revisions to Clean Air Standards for Stationary Engines / Updated rule provides extensive public health protections, slashes costs of compliance
Today, in compliance with settlement agreements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized revisions to standards to reduce air pollution from stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment at industrial, agricultural, oil and gas production, power generation and other facilities.
January 10, 2013
EPA Provides Comments on Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
U.S. EPA Region 7 is providing comments on the draft Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy released Nov. 19, 2012. Karl Brooks, regional administrator, in a letter commends the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for developing the strategy that embraces ambitious specific nutrient reduction targets.
January 3, 2013
Pesticide News Story: Proposed Rule Will Enhance the Public's Right to Know the Ingredients in Minimum Risk Pesticide Products
The EPA is proposing to clarify the substances on the minimum risk pesticide ingredient list and the way ingredients are identified on product labels. Minimum risk pesticides are a special class of pesticides that are not subject to federal registration requirements because their ingredients, both active and inert, are demonstrably safe for the intended use. The agency is proposing to reorganize these lists and add specific chemical identifiers to make clearer to manufacturers, the public and federal, state and tribal inspectors the specific ingredients that are permitted in minimum risk pesticide products. The EPA is also proposing to require producer contact information and the use of specific common chemical names in lists of ingredients on minimum risk pesticide product labels.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Styrene-2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer; Tolerance Exemption – establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-propenoic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester, polymer with ethenylbenzene; also known as styrene-2-ethylhexyl acrylate copolymer when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation (Jan. 30)
- Withdrawal of Pesticide Petitions for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities -- announces the withdrawal of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities (Jan. 30)
- Notice of Intent To Suspend Certain Pesticide Registrations -- publishes two notices of intent to suspend issued by EPA. Each Notice of Intent to Suspend was issued following the Agency's issuance of a Data Call-In notice (DCI), which required the registrants of the affected pesticide products containing a certain pesticide active ingredient to take appropriate steps to secure certain data, and following the registrants' failure to submit these data or to take other appropriate steps to secure the required data (Jan. 23)
- Labeling of Pesticide Products and Devices for Export; Clarification of Requirements -- EPA is revising the regulations on the labeling of pesticide products and devices intended solely for export (Jan. 18)
- Fluroxypyr; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of fluroxypyr in or on rice bran and rice grain (Jan. 16)
- Spiromesifen; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of spiromesifen in or on tea, dried. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) (Jan. 16)
- Notice of 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 (Jan. 16)
- Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Web-Distributed Labeling for Pesticide Products -- announcing the availability of and seeking public comment on a draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) titled 'Web-Distributed Labeling for Pesticide Products' (Jan. 16)
- Iodomethane; Cancellation Order for Pesticide Registrations and Label Amendment -- announces EPA's order for the cancellation, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing iodomethane, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (Jan. 16)
- Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations -- EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period July 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks (Jan. 16)
- Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals 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 pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities (Jan. 9)
- Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments To Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations -- EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of request for amendments by registrants to delete uses in certain pesticide registrations (Jan. 2)
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