News Archive: July 2012
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June/July 2012 Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter
The June/July issue is double your reading enjoyment. Check out the July webcast on pork life cycle assessment modeling, the call for abstracts for the "Waste to Worth: Spreading Science and Solutions" conference, the "Best Guess" contest involves an antique manure spreader, the new ASABE odor standard, the proceedings of the 2012 National Water Conference. It also includes a long, but very interesting list of "hot topics" including antibiotics in ethanol, CERCLA legislation, nutrient trading, a new bacterium discovered in manure, and more!
July 19, 2012
EPA Awards $78,000 to the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe to Support Its Water Quality Program
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma $78,000 to provide continued support for the tribe's water pollution control program. The funds will be used to take water samples on tribal lands and compile data which may show changes over time to determine if a more thorough watershed management program is needed. Sampling data will determine whether water quality standards are being met, note any changes in the quality or condition of the tribe's water and provide planning tools to improve the function and health of stream ecosystems.
EPA Provides $950,000 to Improve Water Quality Using Green Infrastructure in 17 Communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it is providing $950,000 to help 17 communities expand green infrastructure use to improve water quality and protect people's health and benefit communities. Green infrastructure uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls, keeping polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems and waterways in local communities. The EPA funding is intended to increase incorporation of green infrastructure into stormwater management programs, protect water quality, and provide community benefits including job creation and neighborhood revitalization.
EPA provides $50K to help Urban Land Conservancy improve water quality at Denver transit-oriented development
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing $50,000 in technical assistance to develop innovative green infrastructure options for a new transit-oriented housing development near the Blake/38 commuter-rail station in downtown Denver. The Urban Land Conservancy will use the EPA resources to assess and integrate design features that will reduce polluted runoff and protect water quality. Today's announcement is part of $950,000 EPA is providing for projects across the country to improve water quality through green infrastructure.
July 18, 2012
Pesticide News Story: New Use Restrictions on Insecticide Chlorpyrifos Address Bystander Risk from Spray Drift; EPA's Partial Response to Chlorpyrifos Petition Denies Claims
EPA is requiring significant reductions in application rates and mandatory buffers around sensitive sites to protect children and other bystanders who live, attend school, play, or otherwise spend time next to sites where chlorpyrifos is applied. To ensure timely implementation of the spray drift mitigation, EPA is taking steps to make sure that the new use restrictions appear on all chlorpyrifos agricultural product labels starting in late 2012.
July 12, 2012
EPA Seeks IDNR Action to Correct Deficiencies in Iowa's CAFO Permitting and Compliance Program
EPA's initial findings from an informal investigation of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) permit program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) disclose several correctable deficiencies.
EPA's investigation was carried out in response to a petition for withdrawal of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program authorization from IDNR that was filed in 2007 by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project. Federal regulations allow interested parties to file these petitions when they are concerned that a state is not meeting the minimum NPDES program requirements.
EPA Awards Grant to Cleveland Botanical Garden to Use Vacant Lots to Protect Water Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $59,680 under its Urban Waters Small Grants program to the Cleveland Botanical Garden to improve vacant land in Cleveland neighborhoods and reduce stormwater runoff to Lake Erie and its tributaries.
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee: Notice of Meeting
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a teleconference meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The FRRCC is a policy-oriented committee that provides policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.
The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the Committee in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental policies and programs that affect and engage agriculture and rural communities.
DATES: The Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee will hold a public teleconference on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
July 11, 2012
EPA Awards $175,000 to the Cherokee Nation to Support Its Water Quality Program
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma $175,000 to provide continued support for the Tribe's water pollution control program. The funds will be used to take water samples to assess surface water quality on Tribal lands and compile data which may show changes over time and to determine if a more thorough watershed management program is needed. Sampling data will determine whether water quality standards are being met, note any changes in the quality or condition of the Cherokee Nation's water and provide planning tools to improve the function and health of stream ecosystems.
July 10, 2012
Beef Feedlot Near Broken Bow, Neb., Agrees to Pay $145,000 Civil Penalty for Illegal Discharges into Mud Creek
Adams Land and Cattle Company, a beef feedlot near Broken Bow, Neb., has agreed to pay a $145,000 civil penalty to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating the federal Clean Water Act and its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit related to discharges of pollutants into Mud Creek.
New treatment system cleaning up groundwater At Crossley Farm Superfund Site
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin commemorated the opening of a new water treatment system today in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new system will remove contamination from the groundwater at the Crossley Farm Superfund site in Hereford Township in Berks County.
Two Oregon dairies fined for water discharge violations in Tillamook Watershed
Dila Dairy and River End Dairy, LLC, located in Nehalem, were found to be discharging in violation of the Clean Water Act's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and the Oregon Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permit.
July 05, 2012
EPA Seeks Candidates for Advisory Board On Great Lakes Issues
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it is seeking candidates for the first advisory board to support federal agencies with the implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
The Great Lakes Advisory Board will provide advice and recommendations to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson in her capacity as federal Interagency Task Force chair. EPA will consider candidates from a broad range of interests including environmental groups, businesses, agricultural groups, funders/foundations, environmental justice groups, youth groups, academia and state, local and tribal representatives as needed.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Difenoconazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of difenoconazole in or on multiple commodities identified and discussed in this document and amends the established tolerances in or on vegetable, tuberous and corm, subgroup 1C and potato, processed waste (July 19)
- Significant New Use Rule for Phenol, 2,4- dimethyl-6-(1-methylpentadecyl)- --finalizing a significant new use rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified as phenol, 2,4-dimethyl-6-(1-methylpentadecyl)- (PMN P-94-209; CAS No. 134701-20-5) (July 16)
- Azoxystrobin; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of azoxystrobin in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document (July 13)
- Trinexapac-ethyl; Proposed Pesticide Tolerance -- proposes to amend the existing trinexapac-ethyl tolerance levels for wheat, forage and wheat, middlings as well as change the commodity definition for hog, kidney (July 13)
- Sulfentrazone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of sulfentrazone in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document (July 12)
- Methoxyfenozide; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of methoxyfenozide in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later and for indirect or inadvertent combined residues of the methoxyfenozide on various other commodities (July 11)
- Dicloran and Formetanate; Tolerance Actions -- revoking certain tolerances for the fungicide dicloran and the insecticide formetanate hydrochloride in follow-up to amended registrations that deleted specific uses, leaving no dicloran and formetanate hydrochloride registrations for those uses (July 11)
- Pasteuria -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Pasteuria spp (July 9)
- Difenzoquat; Proposed Data Call-in Order for Pesticide Tolerance -- proposes to require the submission of various data to support the continuation of the tolerances for the pesticide difenzoquat (July 6)
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