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Toxic Release Inventory Webinar on using TRI-MEweb to report TRI reporting forms - (May 14 , 2014)
EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program will host a webinar on May 21, 2014, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM (EDT) on how to use TRI-MEweb to report TRI reporting forms. Specifically, the webinar will address how to create the necessary account(s) within the EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX), execute an Electronic Signature Agreement (ESA), access TRI-MEweb, prepare a form, and certify and submit a form to the EPA. Facilities can sign up via this link.
The webinar will address how to create the account(s) necessary to prepare and submit TRI reporting forms, prepare TRI reporting forms in TRI-MEweb, and certify and submit these forms to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On August 27, 2013, the EPA finalized the Electronic Reporting of Toxics Release Inventory Data rule, which requires facilities to submit non-trade secret TRI reporting forms electronically to EPA (78 FR 52860). Effective January 21, 2014, reports for Reporting Year (RY) 2013 (due July 1, 2014) and beyond must be submitted to EPA electronically using TRI-MEweb. Reports that are not submitted electronically using TRI-MEweb will not be processed as acceptable submissions. However, facilities submitting TRI forms containing trade secrets must still submit their reports to EPA on paper, not via TRI-MEweb.
You can sign up here. If you’re unable to attend the webinar, EPA plans to make the recording available on the TRI website following the event.
EPA Issues FIFRA Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order Issued to Sonitec-Vortisand, Inc- (May 14 ,2014)
On May 7, 2014, EPA Region 3 issued a Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order (SSURO) to Sonitec-Vortisand, Inc. (Sonitec), headquartered in Quebec, Canada with an office located in Miami, Florida. Sonitec is the owner and/or operator of an unregistered establishment located in Quebec, Canada who sells and distributes an unregistered pesticide in the United States under the brand name Vortisand Microbial Control Media (MCM). The SSURO, issued pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), prevents Sonitec from selling or distributing its unregistered pesticide, a water filter, Sonitec claims to reduce bacteriological contamination found in cooling towers. Specifically, Sonitec claims that its product, MCM, “fights legionella” and is a “…powerful ally in the fight against biological outbreaks.” The SSURO shall be effective within 20 of receipt.
EPA - LCD Provides PIP Overview to Visiting German Delegation- (May 14, 2014)
On April 24, 2014, a representative from the Land and Chemicals Division presented an overview of Plant Incorporated Protectants (PIPs) to a delegation from Germany. These visitors were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's "International Visitor Leadership Program." PIPs are pesticidal substances produced by plants and the genetic material necessary for the plant to produce the substance. For example, scientists can take the gene for a specific pesticidal protein and introduce the gene into the plant's genetic material. Then the plant manufactures the pesticidal protein that controls the pest when it feeds on the plant. Both the protein and its genetic material are regulated by EPA; the plant itself is not regulated. Attending the presentation at the City of Philadelphia Municipal Building were Dr. Simon Schluter, Head of Dairy Unit, German Farmers Union and owner of the Farm Company; Rudi-Michael Wienecke, Owner of Press Agency Wienecke and Journalist for the Agricultural News as well as a beef farmer and horse breeder; Ruth Boggs, U.S. Department of State Interpreter; and Lissa Morinsky, Program Officer, International Visitors Council of Philadelphia