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News Archive: March 2013

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March 2013
March 2013 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
The March issue provides a link to the hub for live webcasting at Waste to Worth. It also introduces two new air quality resources on measuring air quality and odors. Several new videos on resources for policy makers, health impacts, biofilters and manure covers, odors/neighbors and setbacks have been published. A new feedlot air treatment cost calculator is also available. The resources section includes publications on manure in no-till systems, climate change, organic production, and more! Grazing animals and an agriculture app catalog headlines the "hot topics" area. As always, there are several great events and announcements. More...

March 29, 2013
Bio-diesel Fuel Company Owner Sentenced to 188 Months in Federal Prison for Crimes Connected to Illegal Fuels Scheme / Jeffrey Gunselman also fined $175,000 and ordered to pay nearly $55 million in restitution
Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000 and ordered to pay more than $54.9 million in restitution, following his guilty plea in December 2012 to an indictment charging 51 counts of wire fraud, 24 counts of money laundering and four counts of making false statements in violation of the Clean Air Act.

Pesticide News Story: Pesticide Dietary Exposure Database and Software Now Available
The EPA has released an updated version of the Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model-Food Commodity Intake Database (DEEM-FCID)/Calendex software (v. 3.18/9.14). This replaces the previous version posted on the EPA website and made available to the public in June 2012. The DEEM-FCID software can be found and downloaded at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/science/deem/.

March 28, 2013
Alaska seafood processors settle with EPA for Clean Water Act waste discharge violations
Two seafood processors operating in Alaskan waters failed to comply with Clean Water Act permits that regulate seafood waste discharges, according to settlement agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Aleutian Leader Fisheries and Salamatof Seafoods agreed to settle the violations with EPA in separate agreements and pay fines.

Pesticide News Story: EPA Workshop on New Provisions in PRIA 3 - April 10, 2013

The EPA will hold a workshop on April 10 to discuss new provisions in the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2012, known as PRIA 3, and the agency's experiences to date with its implementation. Plenary presentations will include discussions on what is new in PRIA 3, the 2-day label review process, new technical screening of applications, the EPA's new similarity clinic process to handle applications for substantially similar products, changes in primary and secondary actions, and inert ingredients in pesticide products.


March 27, 2013
Pesticide News Story: New Process Gives Stakeholders More Opportunities for Input in Pesticide Registration Reviews and Endangered Species Act Consultations
The EPA is making significant changes in the pesticide registration review process under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to enhance opportunities for stakeholder input and improve coordination across federal agencies during associated Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations. These changes are discussed in the final paper, "Enhancing Stakeholder Input in the Pesticide Registration Review and ESA Consultation Processes and Development of Economically and Technologically Feasible Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives." Jointly developed by the EPA, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Marine Fisheries and Fish and Wildlife Services (known collectively as the Services), the final paper reflects comments received on a proposed version issued in August 2012. Both the proposed and final documents are available in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0442 at www.regulations.gov.

March 25, 2013
Pesticide News Story: New Materials Available for Farmworker Families for National Farmworker Awareness Week
March 24-31, 2013 marks the 14th annual National Farmworker Awareness Week. Through multiple cooperative agreements and partnerships, the EPA supports training and resources for farmworkers to protect themselves and their families from potential risks of pesticide exposure.
Under an agreement with the EPA, The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) has developed new pesticide safety training materials for use in training farmworkers and their families to prevent pesticide take home exposure. Pesticide take-home exposure occurs when farmworkers take home pesticide residues that may cling to their skin, clothing, hats, boots, tools, lunch coolers, car seats and any other items in the work environment. Their children may then be exposed to these pesticide residues.

March 21, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Criteria for IR-4 Public Interest Finding Now Available on the Web
The EPA has posted the criteria that it will use in determining when a pesticide registration application will be exempt from paying the registration service fee under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act (PRIA 3). Under PRIA 3, pesticide registration applications that are solely associated with a tolerance petition submitted in connection with the Interregional Research Project No. 4 and is in the public interest is exempt from registration service fees.

March 20, 2013
Recent Actions Ensure New England Companies Adhere to Protections in Federal Pesticide Law
Over the past several months, EPA has taken a series of enforcement actions against several New England firms for alleged violations of the federal law that governs pesticides in the U.S. (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, or "FIFRA").

March 18, 2013
Secure Pesticides and Chemicals during Poison Prevention Week/More than 145,000 reports made each year to poison centers involving pesticides and disinfectants
During National Poison Prevention Week, March 17-23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges parents and caregivers to secure pesticides and other household chemicals in locked cabinets out of children's reach. 

EPA Promotes "Fix a Leak Week" with the Grand Opening of a WaterSense Home in Dallas, TX
Minor water leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year in U.S. homes. During its annual "Fix a Leak Week," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program reminds Americans to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. This year's "Fix a Leak Week" event runs from March 18 to 24.

March 14, 2013
Pesticide News Story: New Project LEAF Materials Available for Training Farmworkers and Families to Limit Pesticide Expo
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs has developed new pesticide safety training materials for use in training farmworkers and their families to prevent pesticide take home exposure. Pesticide take-home exposure occurs when farmworkers take home pesticide residues that may cling to their skin, clothing, hats, boots, tools, lunch coolers, car seats and any other items in the work environment. Their children may then be exposed to these pesticide residues.

March 11, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA to Hold Pesticide Cancellation Hearing
On March 6th, the pesticide manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser Inc. requested a hearing in response to the EPA's notice of intent to cancel 12 of the company's D-Con mouse and rat poison products, averting the ban that otherwise would have taken effect on March 7th. The 12 D-Con products fail to comply with EPA's current safety standards and pose unreasonable risks to children, pets and wildlife. This is the first time in more than 20 years that a company has declined to voluntarily implement EPA risk mitigation measures for a pesticide product and requested a cancellation hearing.  

March 8, 2013
Pesticide News Story: FIFRA SAP to Consider Scientific Issues Concerning the Draft Product Performance Data for Products Claiming Efficacy against Invertebrate Pests
On March 19-21, 2013, the Pesticide Program will consult the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel to consider scientific issues associated with product performance data that may be needed for the EPA to evaluate the efficacy of pesticide products used to control invertebrate pests. During the 3-day meeting the Panel will focus on data and methodologies being considered to support control of invertebrate pests of significant public health importance such as ticks and mosquitoes. Two other categories under consideration are wood-destroying insects and invasive invertebrate species.

Pesticide News Story: EPA Releases for Public Comment Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Pesticide Registration Review
The EPA is releasing for public review and comment the first group of draft human health and ecological risk assessments in the pesticide registration review process as laid out in the agency's proposed plan to increase stakeholder engagement in the registration review process. http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2012/espp-stakeholder-comments.html
This action reflects the EPA's progress in moving from the early stage of registration review, in which new dockets are opened and work plans are established for pesticides beginning the process, to the later stage in which human health and ecological risk assessments are updated as needed and risk mitigation decisions are developed, with input from stakeholders and the public. Issuing the draft assessments supports the EPA's overall program objective of completing the first cycle of registration review for over 700 pesticide cases by October 2022.

March 07, 2013
Pesticide News Story: EPA Extends Comment Period on Chlorpyrifos Preliminary Volatilization Assessment to May 7, 2013

As announced in the Federal Register on March 6, 2013, the EPA is extending for an additional 60 days the comment period on the agency's preliminary volatilization assessment for the registration review of chlorpyrifos. The comment period will close on May 7, 2013, rather than on March 8, 2013. The agency received requests from several commenters to extend the original 30-day comment period. Comments should be submitted by May 7, 2013, to docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850 at www.regulations.gov.

March 06, 2013
EPA and four Yakima Valley dairies reach agreement to reduce nitrate in local groundwater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached legal agreements with four Yakima Valley dairies that will help reduce nitrate in area groundwater and nearby drinking water wells.

"This is good news, especially for those working locally to protect Yakima Valley groundwater," said EPA Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran, in Seattle. "By working constructively with us in this local situation, the dairies have committed to protect drinking water and we have committed to collaborate on practices that keep people safe and farms in business."

March 04, 2013
Media Advisory: EPA's Pollinator Summit on March 5
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will ;hold a public meeting with key stakeholders to collaborate on activities to protect honey bees and other pollinators from pesticide risks.
Bees are an important component of agricultural production and are critical to food and ecosystems. The summit will be an opportunity to advance our collective understanding and efforts to protect them.

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