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News Archive: November 2012

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November 2012
November 2012 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Watershed News November 2012
In this month's newsletter:

  1. Community-based Restoration Program funded by NOAA and American Rivers
  2. National Service Agency Announces AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities
  3. Nonpoint Source Grant Guidelines Available for Comment
  4. Des Moines Register releases collection of articles on Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
  5. Register for Webinar on "How's My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps"
  6. Updated Data Now Available in EPA's Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Data Access Tool (NPDAT)
  7. New Nutrient Video Posted on YouTube
  8. "Don't Let Trash Ruin Your Scene"
  9. Watershed Spotlight: Friends of the Los Angeles River

November 30, 2012
Pesticide News Story: The EPA Publishes Amended Azinphos-Methyl Cancellation Order Allowing Use of Existing Stocks through September 2013

The EPA has published an August 29, 2012, amendment to the agency's February 20, 2008, cancellation order for the organophosphate insecticide azinphos-methyl (AZM). The amendment provides growers an additional year, through September 30, 2013, to use existing stocks of AZM in their possession on five crops – apples, blueberries, cherries (sweet and tart), parsley, and pears.

Pesticide News Story: New Protocol Streamlines Development of Storage Stability and Corrosion Characteristics Studies for Some Pesticides
The EPA has developed a new test protocol that will, for some pesticide products, reduce the time and costs involved in conducting a one-year study required to fulfill the agency's data requirements for pesticide registration and re-evaluation. Pesticide registrants are encouraged to consider this protocol as an alternative to the 830.6317 Storage Stability and 830.6320 Corrosion Characteristics guideline study protocols.
The new accelerated study, which takes only 14 days to conduct, provides adequate data in some circumstances to allow the EPA to make a regulatory finding regarding the stability of a pesticide product and the effect of the formulation on the product packaging.  An agency pilot program last summer demonstrated that there were no significant differences between the test results from the new accelerated test protocol and the existing test protocols which take one year to complete.  The Office of Pesticide Programs' Science Policy Council reviewed the new protocol and determined that it provides high-quality data.

November 29, 2012
EPA Settles with Olympic Fruit Company for Federal Risk Management Violations
Olympic Fruit Company failed to meet risk management requirements under the Clean Air Act, according a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As part of the settlement, the company will pay a penalty of $33,964 and upgrade its safety equipment. Olympic Fruit Company is based in Union Gap, Washington.
Under the Clean Air Act, a facility that handles large amounts of chemicals is required to develop a risk management program to assess the safety hazards associated with dangerous chemicals. The program must include accident prevention and an emergency response plan to deal with an accidental chemical release to protect the lives of workers, responders and nearby residents.
Olympic Fruit Company uses more than 10,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, one of the most potentially dangerous chemicals used in refrigeration and agriculture. Ammonia gas can severely burn the skin, eyes, throat, and lungs, and with high enough exposure, can cause death.

November 21, 2012
Pesticide News Story: EPA Solicits Comments on Information Collection Activities Relating to Pesticide Drift-Reduction Technologies
The EPA is interested in collecting information about technologies that can reduce pesticide spray drift. The agency is seeking voluntary submission of information about the effectiveness of application technologies for agricultural pesticide sprays, including spray nozzles, shrouds and shields, and drift-reducing adjuvant chemicals used for aerial or groundboom applications to row and field crops.

November 20, 2012
Pesticide News Story: Voluntary Cancellation to End Iodomethane Use
The EPA and Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to formally terminate all agricultural use of iodomethane in the United States by the end of 2012 and ultimately remove all iodomethane products from the U S market. The EPA is requesting comment on Arysta's request for voluntary cancellation of all of the company's iodomethane product registrations, as stipulated in the agreement. Iodomethane, or methyl iodide, has been registered since 2007 for use as a pre-plant soil fumigant to control pests in soil where fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, and turf are to be grown. In March 2012, Arysta, the sole registrant, announced its plans to immediately suspend all sales of its iodomethane MIDAS® products in the United States.

November 16, 2012
EPA Keeps Renewable Fuels Levels in Place After Considering State Requests
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the agency has not found evidence to support a finding of severe "economic harm" that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The decision is based on economic analyses and modeling done in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

November 07, 2012
EPA Region 7 to Participate at National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk Event Nov. 8 in Kansas City, Mo.
EPA Region 7 officials will be available for interviews at the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Trade Talk event at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 8.
Interview topics include regulatory updates on air and water quality programs, animal feeding operations, nutrient management and pesticides.

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