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News Archive: July 2011

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July 29
New Pesticide Product Label System (PPLS) Web Application

EPA is releasing a new PPLS Web application. PPLS is a collection of over 170,000 current and historical pesticide product labels that have been approved by EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. This new version of PPLS contains many enhanced features to help users locate the labels they need. Using the new system, you will be able to: search by product name, company name or EPA registration number; view labels in PDF format; search label content; and view the history of products that have been transferred from one company to another.

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July 20
EPA Announces a New and Improved Website on Nitrogen & Phosphorus Pollution

Over the last 50 years, the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution entering our waters has escalated dramatically, and is becoming one of America's costliest and most challenging environmental problems. In many parts of the country, nitrogen and phosphorus pollution negatively impacts human health, aquatic ecosystems, the economy, and people’s quality of life.  EPA has developed a new and improved website about nitrogen and phosphorus pollution to provide the public with information about this type of pollution--where it comes from, its impacts on human health and aquatic ecosystems, and actions that people can take to help reduce it. EPA’s new website also includes updated information on states’ progress in developing numeric water quality criteria for nutrients as part of their water quality standards regulations.

July 13
EPA Is Seeking Comment on an Agency Proposal To Allow Sale and Distribution of Existing Stocks of Fenamiphos Product

EPA is seeking comment on an Agency proposal to allow sale and distribution of existing stocks of a fenamiphos pesticide product for one additional year and prohibiting use of existing stocks of all fenamiphos products after three years. This proposal was developed in response to a request from Maui Pineapple, an end user, to allow additional time to sell and distribute existing stocks of the product, which contains the active ingredient fenamiphos. EPA is proposing to amend the existing stocks provision of the fenamiphos cancellation order, granting the request for persons other than the registrant to sell and distribute existing stocks of this fenamiphos product for one year from the issuance date of the order and prohibiting all fenamiphos use after three years from the issuance date of the order. Fenamiphos is an organophosphate insecticide whose product registrations were voluntarily cancelled by the registrant. The product cancellations became effective on May 31, 2007. Sale and distribution of existing stocks of this product by persons other than the registrant were prohibited after March 31, 2009, and end users were allowed to use existing stocks of all fenamiphos products until supplies were exhausted. Comments accepted through August 12, 2011.

PPDC's PRIA Process Improvement Work Group Announces Public Meeting To Discuss Stake Holder Involvement in ESA Consultations
The Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) provides a forum for a diverse group of stake holders to provide advice to the pesticide program on various pesticide regulatory, policy, and program implementation issues. In meeting its FIFRA and Endangered Species Act (ESA) obligations, EPA continues to seek advice from the PPDC and its work group, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) Process Improvement Work Group. EPA plans to meet its ESA consultation obligations through the pesticide registration review program. EPA is seeking input on improving the current process for stake holder input on endangered species' consultations, such as when and where stake holders should provide information regarding a pesticide during the registration review process. This meeting of the PRIA Process Improvement Work Group continues the dialogue between EPA and interested stake holders on improving opportunities for stake holder involvement on endangered species' consultations. The meeting will be held on July 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Arlington VA.

July 12
Oregon Pesticide Company Agrees To Pay $54,000 for Using Outdated Labeling on Pesticide Products

EPA reached a $54,080 settlement with a pesticide manufacturer for numerous violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This settlement follows an Oregon Department of Agriculture inspection of the manufacturer's Harrisburg, Oregon facility on February 4, 2009. EPA’s subsequent investigation found that this company was using outdated labeling on at least two products they produced. The outdated labeling included directions for use that did not match EPA accepted statements. On at least 52 separate occasions in 2008-2009, the company sold and distributed their pesticide products with incorrect labeling.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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July 8
National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center July Newsletter and Webcast
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The July edition of the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC) newsletter is available. Topics include: July Webcast - "Live From the North American Manure Expo;" LPELC Award; Air & Climate Courses; National Academies Press; Correction: Air Quality Paper; FPPC Summit; Air Mitigation Spreadsheet Project; Sidedressing Manure; Wallabies & Methane; and E coli in sediment. The July webcast is scheduled for July 20, 2011 and will be a live broadcast of several of the educational sessions from the North American Manure Expo which will be held in Norfolk, Nebraska. The planned broadcasts are: Using and Setting Up a Center Pivot For Sprinkler Irrigation of Manure; Is Manure Stockpiling an Environmental Risk?; and Winter Application of Manure on Frozen Soils, Lessons Learned from Wisconsin Discovery Farms. More information will be provided as the sessions are scheduled. Visit the Manure Expo website Exit EPA to view the agenda.

July 1
Chlorpyrifos Preliminary Human Health Risk Assessment Available for Comment
EPA is requesting comment and input on key areas in a preliminary human health risk assessment for the pesticide chlorpyrifos. EPA’s 2011 chlorpyrifos preliminary human health risk assessment is the most current scientific review to date. It includes the results of extensive new research and the findings of a number of new studies that have become available since the agency’s last human health risk assessment for chlorpyrifos, completed in June 2000. Comments must be received on or before September 6, 2011.

NMFS Issues Biological Opinion for Six Pesticides
On June 30, 2011, EPA received the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS') Biological Opinion relating to the potential effects of the pesticides captan, chlorothalonil, 2,4-D, diuron, linuron and triclopyr BEE on federally listed threatened or endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead and their designated critical habitat. NMFS worked with EPA, the pesticide industry, grower groups, states and other stakeholders to complete this Biological Opinion. NMFS made a number of refinements to the earlier two drafts of the document, and the provisions of the final document are easier to understand and more relevant to pesticide users. The Biological Opinion provides a one-year timeframe for implementation. EPA will consider the opinion and take appropriate steps to protect threatened and endangered species from pesticide risks. EPA will keep the public informed as it proceeds.

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