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News Archive: June 2006

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June 30
Dichlorvos Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision Available for Comment
EPA has released its Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the organophosphate pesticide dichlorvos (DDVP), and has opened a public comment period on this document. DDVP is an insecticide and fumigant registered for use in controlling flies, mosquitoes, gnats, cockroaches, fleas, and other insect pests. Comments must be received by August 29, 2006.

June 28
EPA Invites Comments on Ethephon Tolerance Reassessment Decision
EPA has released its Tolerance Reassessment Decision for the pesticide ethephon, and has opened a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. Ethephon (an organophosphonate) is a plant growth regulator registered on a number of terrestrial food, feed, and nonfood crops, greenhouse nonfood crops, and outdoor plants. EPA has reviewed ethephon through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process. Comments must be received on or before August 28, 2006.

Comment Period Opens on Formetanate Hydrochloride Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision
EPA has released its Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the N-methyl carbamate pesticide formetanate hydrochloride (formetanate HCl), and has opened a public comment period on this document. Formetanate HCl, a miticide/insecticide, is used on orchard crops and alfalfa grown for seed. Comments must be received on or before August 28, 2006.

Naptalam Sodium Reregistration Eligibility Decision Available for Comment
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the pesticide naptalam sodium, and has opened a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. Naptalam sodium is registered for use as a pre-emergent herbicide for control of broadleaf weeds in cucurbits and woody nursery stock. EPA has reviewed this low-risk pesticide through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process. Comments must be received on or before August 28, 2006.

EPA Seeks Comments on Permethrin Reregistration Eligibility Decision
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the pesticide permethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide, and has opened a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the permethrin docket.  Comments must be received on or before September 26, 2006.

Comments Invited on Phytophthora Palmivora (MWV) and Methyl Salicylate Reregistration Eligibility Decision
EPA has released its Reregistration Eligibility Decision for the pesticide Phytophthora palmivora (MWV) and methyl salicylate, and has opened a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the docket for Phytophthora palmivora MWV and methyl salicylate. Phytophthora palmivora MWV is expected to control milk weed vine in citrus groves in certain counties of Florida. Methyl salicylate is a biochemical insect and animal repellent. Comments must be received on or before July 28, 2006.

June 27
Oregon Cherry Farmer Agrees To Restore Wetlands
EPA announced that the owner and manager of the Twin Forks Ranch in Hood River, Oregon, have agreed to restore 4.32 acres and enhance an additional 1.38 acres of wetlands that were impacted while constructing irrigation facilities on the property in 2004. The property owner, Oswald Ranches, LLC., and its manager entered a voluntary agreement with the State of Oregon under their state Fill and Removal Law and with EPA under the Clean Water Act in which they agreed to conduct the wetlands restoration and mitigation work.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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June 23
Protections for Subjects in Human Research
EPA is taking direct final action to explicitly ban research for pesticides involving intentional exposure of human subjects who are nursing women, and therefore providing protection to any nursing infants who may also be exposed. The direct final rule also prohibits EPA reliance in actions under the pesticide laws on research involving intentional exposure of nursing women. This direct final rule is effective on August 22, 2006 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment on or before July 24, 2006.

June 22
Proposed Revisions to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) NPDES Rule
EPA seeks comments on proposed revisions to the NPDES and Effluent Limitation Guidelines for CAFOs. The proposed rulemaking is in response to the order issued in Waterkeeper Alliance et al. v. EPA, (2nd Cir. 2005).

June 21
2006 Tribal Pesticide and Special Projects; Request for Proposals
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), in coordination with the EPA regional offices, is soliciting pesticide and special project proposals from eligible tribes, Alaska native villages, and intertribal consortia for fiscal year (FY) 2006 funding. Under this program, cooperative agreement awards will provide financial assistance for projects that assess or reduce risks to human health and the environment from pesticide exposure. The total amount of funding available for award in FY 2006 is expected to be approximately $400,000, with a maximum funding level of $50,000 per project. Proposals must be postmarked on or before August 7, 2006.

MCPB and Salts Reregistration Eligibility Decision
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide MCPB (4-(2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxy) butyric acid, and opens a 30-day public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the MCPB Docket. MCPB is a phenoxy herbicide used for post-emergence weed control to protect pea crops from a variety of weeds including canadian thistle, common lambsquarters, pigweed, smartweed, sowthistle, and morning glory. Comments must be received on or before July 21, 2006.

Propazine; Tolerance Reassessment Progress and Risk Management Decision for Low Risk Pesticide
EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide propazine through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide tolerance reassessment and reregistration decisions. Through the tolerance reassessment program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and food safety standards. Comments must be received on or before August 21, 2006.

Simazine; Reregistration Eligibility Decision
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the chlorinated triazine pesticide simazine, and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. Simazine is a systemic herbicide that is usually applied to soil, absorbed through leaves and roots, and acts by inhibiting photosynthesis within the targeted plant. It is widely used as a selective herbicide to control most annual grasses and broadleaf weeds before they emerge or after removal of weed growth. Comments must be received on or before August 21, 2006.

Triazine Cumulative Risk Assessment
This notice announces the availability of EPA's cumulative risk assessment for the chlorinated triazine group of pesticides and opens a public comment period on this document and other support documents. As required by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), a cumulative risk assessment, which evaluates exposures based on a common mechanism of toxicity, was conducted to evaluate the risk from food, drinking water, and non-occupational exposure resulting from all registered uses of chlorinated triazine pesticides. Comments must be received on or before August 21, 2006.

June 13
EPA Rule Addresses Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Codes
EPA published a final rule on June 6, 2006, to link Toxic Chemical Release Reporting to North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Facilities subject to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting must identify their principal business activities using NAICS codes beginning with TRI reports due July 1, 2007, for releases and other waste management activities during calendar year 2006.

EPA Seeks Comments on Tribal Guidance for Clean Water Act Section 106 Grants
A new EPA guidance document will help Indian tribes design and implement effective and successful water quality programs. "Guidance on Awards of Grants to Indian Tribes under Section 106 of the Clean Water Act" provides a framework for evaluating program results and clearly defining expectations and requirements for tribal grant recipients. The Federal Register of April 27, is requesting comments on or before June 26, 2006.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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June 12
2006-2009 Registration Workplan for Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides and Rodenticides
EPA is providing the workplans for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, Office of Pesticide Programs new chemicals, new use, food-use inert registration candidates in keeping with efforts to improve transparency and flexibility in the registration program. These workplans represent our current list and schedules for these important actions; however, the Agency has included room for flexibility in these workplans to ensure a quick response should an emerging public health or environmental issue arise.

June 9
Proposed Phaseout of Pesticide Azinphos-Methyl and Longer Restricted Entry Intervals for Phosmet
To increase protection for farm workers and the environment, EPA is proposing to phase out the remaining uses of azinphos-methyl (AZM). Use on almonds, Brussels sprouts, pistachios, walnuts, and nursery stock will be phased out by 2007, and use on apples, blueberries, cherries, parsley, and pears by 2010. During the phaseout, EPA is proposing additional restrictions, including reduced annual application rates, additional worker monitoring, and larger buffer zones to help minimize risks. The Agency expects growers of these crops to successfully adopt and transition to the available safer alternatives. All other uses of this pesticide have been voluntarily cancelled by the manufacturer. EPA is publishing this proposal and inviting public comments for 60-days before issuing a final decision. Comments must be received on or before August 8, 2006

EPA Seeks Comments on Draft Requirements for Public Records for Underground Storage Tank Grant Guidelines
EPA has released for public comment draft grant guidelines that will establish requirements for public records for underground storage tank systems. States will have to meet the requirements to be in compliance with provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. EPA worked with states and other partners to develop the grant guidelines and, when final, will incorporate them into grant agreements between EPA and states. EPA will accept public comments on the draft guidelines until July 8, 2006. EPA's Web site provides the public with the draft guidelines, as well as details about how and where to submit comments.

Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

June 2
Georgia Organics Reports Significant Increase in Sustainable Farming Practices
With assistance from an EPA Regional Strategic Agricultural Initiative grant, Georgia Organics reports a significant increase in sustainable farming practices. The $178,393 grant has promoted the practice of reduced tillage in 28 workshops and on-farm demonstrations for more than 3 years. The grant has also allowed Georgia Organics to work with both organic farmers as well as conventional farmers to implement sustainable farming practices across the State.

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting
On Thursday, June 15, 2006, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). The meeting will be in the Conference Center of the Potomac Yards building, located at 2777 S. Crystal Drive (One Potomac Yard), Arlington, Virginia.

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