News Archive: March 2014
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March Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter
March's newsletter brings many great new resources your way, including a webcast on sidedressing manure on corn with a side of drainage control structures (More....). The climate team continues to offer their outstanding online course on climate change and animal ag. There are several organic production resources, including guidance on developing a nutrient management plan for organic farms. You will also find a grazing app, crop life cycle assessment research, and many great events and announcements. More...
March 31, 2014
EPA Takes Action to Protect Public from an Illegal Nano Silver Pesticide in Food Containers; Cites NJ Company for Selling Food Containers with an Unregistered Pesticide Warns Large Retailers Not to Sell These Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an order to the Pathway Investment Corp. of Englewood, New Jersey to stop the sale of plastic food storage containers that have not been tested or registered with the EPA, in violation of federal pesticides law. The company’s Kinetic Go Green Premium Food Storage Containers and Kinetic Smartwist Series Containers both contain nano silver as an active ingredient, and the company markets other products as containing nano silver, which the company claims helps reduce the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria. Such claims can only be made on products that have been properly tested and are registered with the EPA.
March 25, 2014
EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands: Agriculture’s Exemptions and Exclusions from Clean Water Act Expanded by Proposal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule.
Please visit www.epa.gov/uswaters for more information.
March 18, 2014
Pesticide News Story: National Poison Prevention Week: Simple Steps You Can Take to Prevent Poisoning
During National Poison Prevention Week, March 16-22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is highlighting the dangers of removing pesticides and other household chemicals from their original containers and storing them in bottles or cans that can be mistaken for beverages. According to recently published poison-center data, annually more than 145,000 calls to poison centers involved disinfectants and other pesticides. Moreover, based on data from 1998-2009, the California Poison Control System and the Central California Children's Hospital identified more than 1,400 cases of accidental poisoning caused by storage of non-food substances in soda bottles, unmarked bottles, cups or glasses. Most poisoning happens in people's homes and is preventable.
Pesticide News Story: Industry Beta Testing for the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program’s Electronic Response Module
The EPA is developing a fully electronic, Web-based submission system to handle responses to future Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) test orders.
During the week of March 31, 2014, EPA will be conducting Industry Beta Testing of the response module. This test will allow industry participants to access the test module and provide feedback on the response module prior to the tool’s launch. This feedback will be key to the successful development of this and future electronic submission systems.
March 14, 2014
EPA, Sergeant’s Pet Care and Wellmark International Reach Agreement to Cancel Potentially Harmful Insecticide Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement with Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and Wellmark International to cancel flea and tick pet collars containing propoxur marketed under the trade names including Bansect, Sentry, Zodiac and Biospot.
March 12, 2014
EPA Awards More than $500,000 to Schools to Help Reduce Children’s Exposure to Pesticides / Integrated pest management practices are shown to reduce pesticide use
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three grants to facilitate integrated pest management practices in schools. This funding will help reduce student’s exposure to pests and pesticides in the nation’s schools, while saving money, energy and pesticide treatment costs.
EPA Files Complaint Against Zep, Inc. in Atlanta, GA for Alleged Violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed a complaint against Zep, Inc., located in Atlanta, GA, alleging the sale and distribution of an unregistered and misbranded pesticide, “Formula 165”, between April 21, 2010, and January 6, 2012, in violation with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
TODAY: U.S. EPA Administrator to Address National Congress of American Indians
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will address the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) this afternoon during the 2014 NCAI Executive Council Winter Session.
March 10, 2014
EPA Inspections Reveal Clean Water Act Violations by Former Dairy Owner near Rock Valley, Iowa
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) personnel conducted a series of inspections in March and May 2013 at the Double V Dairy, LLC, near Rock Valley, Iowa. As a result of the inspections, the former owner of the dairy has agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a proposed consent agreement.
March 3, 2014
UPDATE: Here's What They're Saying about EPA's Final Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards
Based on extensive input from auto manufactures, refiners, states and public health and environmental organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive. These cleaner fuels and cars standards are an important component of the administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, which also include historic fuel efficiency standards that are saving new vehicle owners at the gas pump today. The standards will significantly reduce ground-level ozone, particulate matter, benzene and other air toxics in the air we breathe.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- 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 (Mar. 31)
- S-metolachlor; Pesticide Tolerances -- amends tolerances for residues of S- metolachlor in or on corn, field, forage; corn, field, stover; corn, pop, stover; corn, sweet, forage; and corn, sweet, stover (Mar. 28)
- Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment -- EPA is opening the public comment period for several registration reviews (Mar. 28)
- Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (Mar. 26)
- Pesticides; Consideration of Volatilization in Pesticide Risk Assessment: Notice of Availability and Request for Comment -- announcing the availability of several draft guidance documents for public comment (Mar. 26)
- Pesticides; Consideration of Spray Drift in Pesticide Risk Assessment: Extension of Comment Period -- Comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA- HQ-OPP-2013-0676, must be received on or before April 30, 2014. (Mar. 26)
- Ipconazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of ipconazole in or on vegetable, legume, group 6 (Mar. 19)
- Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions; Proposed Rule -- proposing updates and revisions to the existing worker protection regulation for pesticides (Mar. 19)
- Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (Mar. 13)
- Fenamidone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of fenamidone in or on ginseng; bean, succulent, except cowpea; onion, blub, subgroup 3-07A; and onion, green, subgroup 3-07B (Mar. 12)
- Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations; Correction -- EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of August 21, 2013, and October 30, 2013, concerning receipt of requests to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations and its follow-up product cancellation order, respectively (Mar. 12)
- Fluopicolide; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for indirect or inadvertent residues of fluopicolide in or on corn, field, forage; corn, field, grain; corn, field, stover (Mar. 5)
- Triflumizole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of triflumizole in or on multiple commodities (Mar. 5)
- Metconazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- amends the current tolerances for residues of metconazole in or on corn, field, stover and corn, pop, stover (Mar. 5)
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