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Agriculture Newsroom

We've selected these news releases, reports, and other documents from around EPA because they are of interest or direct importance to the environmental management or compliance efforts of the agricultural community.

July 27, 2020

EPA Announces First Update on National Water Reuse Action Plan Implementation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first update on the collaborative implementation of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) that was launched on February 27, 2020. The update highlights expeditious and meaningful progress that EPA and its partners across the water user community have made to advance consideration of water reuse and ensure the security, sustainability and resilience of our nation's water resources.

July 22, 2020

EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Commissioner Rick Pate, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) to establish collaborative efforts and strengthen relationships between agencies.

July 16, 2020

EPA Announces Grant to Support Safe Pesticide Use Outreach
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a grant opportunity for projects that promote safe pesticide use. The recipient will receive an estimated $1.2 million to conduct public engagement outreach through a 5-year cooperative agreement. 

July 14, 2020

EPA Provides $3.84 Million for Pennsylvania Efforts to Reduce Ag-Related Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today reallocated $3.84 million to support priority actions in Pennsylvania to reduce agricultural-related pollutants impacting local waters and the Chesapeake Bay.

July 9, 2020

Proposed Settlement with United States and Major Fertilizer Producer Will Reduce Acidic Wastewater Generation and Enhance Phosphate Recovery
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced a settlement with J.R. Simplot Company and its subsidiary, Simplot Phosphates LLC (Simplot), involving Simplot’s Rock Springs, Wyoming, manufacturing facility.

July 7, 2020

United States and State of Nebraska Reach Settlement with Henningsen Foods Inc. for Alleged Clean Water Act Violations
The United States and the state of Nebraska have reached a settlement with Henningsen Foods Inc. to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at the company’s egg processing facility in David City, Nebraska.

June 30, 2020

EPA Releases Additional Funding for 2020 Environmental Justice Small Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 12 organizations will receive a total of $360,000 to help address environmental justice issues in their communities. Each of the organizations will receive $30,000. The organizations announced today were selected from the large pool of applicants in 2019. This funding is in addition to 50 organizations awarded $1.5 million in grants nationwide in November 2019.

June 29, 2020

Celebrating Our Agriculture Communities, Partnerships
As EPA recognizes our many partners as part of EPA’s 50th anniversary celebration, it is vital to highlight partners who touch our lives every day: our agriculture community. Now more than ever, Americans are appreciating the critical role that farmers have in our society. Farmers and ranchers are invaluable partners in fulfilling our mission to protect human health and the environment. We at EPA, with the leadership of Administrator Wheeler, have focused on working hard to enhance and strengthen our partnership with farmers and ranchers. 

June 22, 2020

EPA Administrator Signs Proclamation Marking National Pollinator Week
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proclamation designating the week of June 22 as National Pollinator Week. Administrator Wheeler is the first EPA Administrator to sign such a proclamation – joining leadership from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), all 50 Governors and hundreds of governments and organizations around the world.

EPA Provides Additional Funding to Hypoxia Task Force States, Including Iowa and Missouri, to Help Reduce Excess Nutrients in Gulf of Mexico Watershed
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is providing an additional $840,000 to the 12 state members of the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF), including Iowa and Missouri. This is in addition to the $1.2 million the Agency already announced in August 2019. Collectively, EPA’s funding of over $2 million is helping HTF states implement plans that accelerate progress on reducing excess nutrients and improving water quality in the Mississippi River/Atchafalaya River Basin.

June 18, 2020

EPA Releases Guidance on Pesticide Safety Training Requirements During COVID-19
Agricultural workers and pesticide handlers directly support the nation’s agricultural production and food supply and EPA is committed to ensuring they are protected from workplace hazards. EPA has released guidance regarding the annual pesticide safety training requirements outlined in the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that offers flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

What They Are Saying: EPA Administrator Wheeler Appoints New Members to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of thirty-three members to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities. Here's what stakeholders and elected officials are saying.

June 17, 2020

EPA Administrator Wheeler Appoints New Members to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler is announcing the appointment of thirty-three members to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC), including representatives from New York and Puerto Rico. Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to on the EPA administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.

EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker Signs MOU with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers to establish collaborative efforts and strengthen relationships between agencies.

June 15, 2020

EPA Settles Pesticide Worker Protection Case With C&S Farms of Laurel, Delaware
C&S Farms, Inc. of Laurel, Delaware, will pay a $25,000 penalty as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) related to pesticide safety requirements for agricultural workers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

June 11, 2020

EPA Orders Amazon and eBay to Stop Sale of Certain Pesticide Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered Amazon Services LLC and eBay Inc. to stop selling a wide range of pesticide products. These products are unregistered, misbranded, or restricted-use pesticides, and pesticide devices that make false or misleading claims. As two of the largest e-commerce marketplaces, both companies oversee millions of product listings, thru either direct or third-party sales. The products subject to EPA’s orders also include several products that are marketed with false or misleading claims of efficacy against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.

June 9, 2020

EPA Urges Preparedness as Hurricane Season Begins; Advises on prevention, preparedness, and reporting requirements during Hazardous Weather Events
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues dedicated efforts to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the new Atlantic hurricane season kicked off on June 1. EPA is reminding people, businesses and state and local governments where they can find the best information on preparedness before hurricane force winds or storm flooding may occur.

June 8, 2020

EPA Offers Clarity to Farmers in Light of Recent Court Vacatur of Dicamba Registrations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a key order providing farmers with needed clarity following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 3, 2020 vacatur of three dicamba registrations. Today’s cancellation order outlines limited and specific circumstances under which existing stocks of the three affected dicamba products can be used for a limited period of time. EPA’s order will advance protection of public health and the environment by ensuring use of existing stocks follows important application procedures.

Bacillus thuringiensis Cry14Ab-1 Protein in Soybean; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the Bacillus thuringiensis Cry14Ab-1 protein (hereafter referred to as Cry14Ab-1) in or on soybean when used as a PlantIncorporated Protectant (PIP). BASF Corporation submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Cry14Ab-1.

June 4, 2020

EPA Orders PureLine Treatment Systems in Bensenville, Illinois, to Stop Selling Certain Pesticides
CHICAGO (June 4, 2020) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a “Stop Sale” order to PureLine Treatment Systems, LLC in Bensenville, Illinois, to immediately halt the sale or distribution of certain pesticide products. The company has made claims about these pesticides that are not allowed under the products’ registrations and could mislead the public regarding the products’ safety and effectiveness against the virus that causes COVID-19.

June 1, 2020

Statement Regarding Respiratory Protection Shortages and Reduced Availability of Respirator Fit Testing Related to Pesticide Uses Covered by the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
EPA has heard from states and stakeholders about Personal Protective Equipment shortages in the agricultural sector. To respond to these reports and to help ensure the health and safety of America’s farmers, EPA is providing temporary guidance regarding respiratory protection requirements for agricultural pesticide handlers. Our guidance aligns with recent OSHA memos on respirators while addressing EPA’s responsibilities under FIFRA and the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS).

June 2020 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit
    EPA has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to Oxitec, Ltd to test efficacy of OX5034 Aedes aegypti mosquitoes expressing tetracycline Trans-Activator Variant (tTAV–OX5034) protein for control of wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit. (June 9)
  • Pesticide distributor in Tumwater, Washington, agrees to settle alleged EPA pesticide labeling violations
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with pesticide distributor CH2O of Tumwater resolving alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Under the terms of a recently signed and filed (May 28) Consent Agreement and Final Order, CH2O will pay a civil penalty of $92,900 to resolve the alleged violations. CH2O is a specialty water treatment company serving public institutions, industries, and agriculture with water treatment chemicals and technologies. (June 10)
  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings and Request for Nominations of Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers
    There will be a 4-day public peer review meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to consider and review the use of new approach methodologies (NAMs) to derive extrapolation factors and evaluate developmental neurotoxicity for human health risk assessment. Preceding the public peer review meeting, there will be a public preparatory virtual meeting, conducted via teleconference and webcast, to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review. In addition, EPA is requesting nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc reviewers to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for this review by following the instructions provided in this notice. (June 17)
  • Fenpyroximate; Pesticide Tolerances
    This regulation establishes and amends tolerances for residues of fenpyroximate in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR–4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (June 18)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients
    EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (June 19)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses (May 2020)
    EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (June 19)
  • Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities (May 2020)
    This document announces the Agency’s receipt of an initial filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities (June 24)
  • Indaziflam; Pesticide Tolerances
    This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of indaziflam in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (June 24)

May 29, 2020

Compliance Advisory: What You Need to Know Regarding Products Making Claims to Kill the Coronavirus Causing COVID-19
The purpose of the Compliance Advisory is to address concerns related to products being used to disinfect surfaces which include claims to kill and/or be effective against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus causing the disease COVID-19. For some of these products, those claims have not been reviewed or accepted by EPA and, therefore, may present a risk to consumers, and healthcare providers in particular.

May 27, 2020

EPA Recognizes Wylie ISD for Achievement in Reducing Food Waste
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized two schools in the Wylie, Texas, Independent School District (ISD) for outstanding accomplishments in the 2019 Food Recovery Challenge. Birmingham Elementary and Harrison Intermediate School both used creative and practical strategies to prevent and reduce food waste at their campuses.

EPA Administrator Wheeler Kicks Off Georgia Trip at Southern Belle Farm
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler kicked off his swing through Georgia by highlighting the critical role agriculture has with our society and well-being at Southern Belle Farm in McDonough. Administrator Wheeler was joined by Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black as well as EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary Walker. “American farmers, ranchers and everyone in the food supply chain are working tirelessly to keep products available across the country,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “As America works to regain some normalcy over the next several weeks, EPA will work with the ag community to support the supply chain, with as little disruption as possible.”

May 21, 2020

EPA Reopens Public Comment Period on Proposed Interim Decisions for Neonicotinoids
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reopening the public comment period for 30 days on the proposed interim decisions for the neonicotinoids acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam.

May 20, 2020

EPA Announces Grant Opportunity for Food Waste Management Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications on Grants.gov for projects from states, tribes, territories and non-profit organizations to help reduce food loss and waste and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester (AD) capacity in the United States.

May 18, 2020

EPA Provides $6 Million to Reduce Excess Ag Runoff to the Chesapeake Bay
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the allocation of $6 million to Chesapeake Bay states to improve water quality by reducing excess nitrogen from agricultural operations. “The water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has recently reached the highest standards in more than 30 years,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “The primary focus of this funding is the continued reduction of nitrogen from agricultural sources, which has been one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome as we strive to make the Bay ever cleaner.”

May 15, 2020

EPA Provides Assistance to North Lake Charles and Opelousas, La., for Community Revitalization, Local Food Economy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service, is announcing assistance to help 16 communities boost economic opportunities for their local farmers, while promoting clean air, safe water, open space, and healthy food choices. Among the recipients are two in Louisiana: the Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services in North Lake Charles and the Opelousas General Health System Foundation in Opelousas.

Harrisburg, Pa. among communities receiving assistance for community revitalization, local food economy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service, announced today that Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is among 16 communities nationwide receiving assistance to boost economic opportunities for their local farmers, while promoting clean air, safe water, open space and healthy food choices.

May 14, 2020

Trump Administration Provides Assistance for Community Revitalization, Local Food Economy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service, is announcing assistance to help 16 communities boost economic opportunities for their local farmers, while promoting clean air, safe water, open space, and healthy food choices.

York, Nebraska, Organization Receives Federal Assistance for Community Revitalization, Local Food Economy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, is announcing that the York County Development Corporation in York, Nebraska, is one of 16 organizations across the nation to receive assistance to help boost economic opportunities for their local farmers, while promoting clean air, safe water, open space, and healthy food choices.

Mattie Rhodes Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Receives Federal Assistance for Community Revitalization, Local Food Economy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, is announcing that the Mattie Rhodes Center in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of 16 organizations across the nation to receive assistance to help boost economic opportunities for their local farmers, while promoting clean air, safe water, open space, and healthy food choices.

Pelican Rapids to Receive EPA Technical Assistance to Spur Economy with Locally-Produced Foods
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service, announced technical assistance for Pelican Rapids, Minn. to help develop its economic revitalization and international foods plan.  This would boost economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs while promoting clean air, safe water, open space and healthy food choices.

Springfield to receive EPA Technical Assistance for Downtown Food Space
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service, announced technical assistance for the City of Springfield, Ill., to develop a food space downtown. This would boost economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs while promoting clean air, safe water, open space and healthy food choices.

May 4th, 2020

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Virtual Public Meeting
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a virtual public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on May 20–21, 2020, with participation by phone and webcast only. There will be no in person gathering for this meeting.

May 2020 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • EPA Grant to Arkansas State Plant Board Will Improve Pesticide Programs
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a grant to the Arkansas State Plant Board for $55,346. The funds will be used to enhance management and software systems that support the state’s pesticide programs. EPA is providing the funding as a multipurpose grant under a cooperative agreement. (May 1)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of acetochlor, ethofumesate, fipronil, forchlorfenuron, halohydantoins, inorganic sulfites, novaluron, oxadiazon, peroxy compounds, peroxyoctanoic acid, picloram, rotenone, sodium percarbonate, spiromesifen, thiophanate-methyl and carbendazim. In addition, the agency will not be publishing draft risk assessments for spirodiclofen because all products containing that active ingredient are subject to cancellation effective December 31, 2020. (May 4)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Rodenticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, cholecalciferol, chlorophacinone, difenacoum, difethialone, diphacinone and diphacinone sodium salt, and warfarin and warfarin sodium salt. (May 4)
  • Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amendments To Terminate Uses
    This notice announces EPA’s order for the cancellations and amendments to terminate uses, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 and Table 2 of Unit II, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a February 4, 2020 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 3 of Unit II to voluntarily cancel and amend to terminate uses of these product registrations. In the February 4, 2020 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations and amendments to terminate uses, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency received one comment on the notice, but it did not merit its further review of the request. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations and amendments to terminate uses. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions. (May 4)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: Bifenthrin, boscalid, chlorine gas, clopyralid, Coniothyrium species, cyfluthrin and beta-cyfluthrin, cyproconazole, deltamethrin, esfenvalerate, ethoxyquin, etoxazole, fenpropathrin, flower oils, fluazifop-P-butyl, formetanate hydrochloride, Gliocladium species, mecoprop, permethrin, phenol and salts, phenothrin, pinoxaden, prallethrin, pyraclostrobin, pyraflufenethyl, mandipropamid, tau-fluvalinate, terbuthylazine, thiabendazole and salts, vegetable oils. (May 5)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses
    EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (May 5)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of the EPA’s preliminary work plans for the following chemicals: Chlorantraniliprole and sodium hydroxide. With this document, the EPA is opening the public comment period for registration review for these chemicals. (May 5)
  • Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
    This document announces the Agency’s receipt of an initial filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities. (May 8)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides for Several Isothiazolinones; Notice of Availability 
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of Methylisothiazolinone/ Chloromethylisothiazolinone (MIT/ CMIT), Octhilinone (OIT), Benzisothiazolin-3-one, 3(2H)- Isothiazolone (BIT), 1,2-Benzisothiazol3(2H)-one,2-butyl (BBIT), and 3(2H)- isothiazolone, 4,5-dichloro-2-octyl- (DCOIT). (May 14) 
  • Acequinocyl; Pesticide Tolerances 
    This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of acequinocyl in or on the bushberry subgroup 13–07B. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR–4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (May 15) 

  • Isoxaben; Pesticide Tolerances 
    This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of isoxaben in or on the caneberry subgroup 13–07A and hop, dried cones. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR–4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (May 15) 

  • Fluridone; Pesticide Tolerances 
    This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fluridone in or on avocados, mandarins, pomegranates, pistachios, and the stone fruit group (crop group 12). SePRO Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (May 18)

  • Methyl Mercaptan; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
    This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of methyl mercaptan in or on all food commodities when methyl mercaptan is used as a gopher repellent in irrigation lines in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Acqua Concepts, Inc. (d/b/a Ag Water Chemical) submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of methyl mercaptan under FFDCA.

  • Pesticide Registration Review; Interim Decisions and Case Closures for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability 
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s interim registration review decisions for the following chemicals: 2-Phenethyl propionate, ammonium bromide, Bacillus sphaericus, chloropicrin Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Cuelure [2-butanone, 4 (4-acetyloxy)-acetate], cyazofamid, Extract of Reynoutria sachalinensis, fluroxypyr, flumethrin, glycolic acid and salts, iodine and iodophors, Methyl Anthranilate, momfluorothrin, oxamyl, pelargonic acid, salts and esters, phenmedipham, Phosphoric acid and its salts, pyridaben, Pythium oligandrum DV 74, Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones, sethoxydim, tetraacetylethylenediamine (TAED), thymol, tralopyril, and triclosan. In addition, it announces the closure of the registration review case for Phytophthora palmivora because the last U.S. registrations for this pesticide have been canceled. (May 19) 

  • Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Neonicotinoid Pesticides; Re-Opening of Comment Period 
    EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of February 3, 2020, concerning the availability of EPA’s Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision for several neonicotinoids (acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam; hereafter referred to as ‘‘neonicotinoids’’). The neonicotinoids were opened for a 60-day public comment period that concluded on April 3, 2020. However, a 30-day extension to the public comment period was granted, which concluded on May 4, 2020. This notice re-opens the public comment for an additional 30 days, from May 19, 2020 to June 18, 2020. This action to extend the public comment period is being taken after receiving public comments requesting additional time to review the Neonicotinoids’ Proposed Interim Registration Review Decisions and supporting materials citing the quantity and complexity of the Proposed Interim Decisions and supporting documents, as well as difficulty of commenting due to time and resource constraints. (May 19) 

  • Dipropylene Glycol and Triethylene Glycol; Exemption From the Requirement of a Pesticide Tolerance 
    EPA is proposing to exempt residues of the antimicrobial pesticide ingredients dipropylene glycol and triethylene glycol from the requirement of a tolerance when used on or applied to food-contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy-processing equipment, and food-processing equipment and utensils. This rulemaking is proposed on the Agency’s own initiative under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to address residues identified as part of the Agency’s registration review program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). (May 22)

  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients 
    EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (May 27) 

  • Dinotefuran; Receipt of Applications for Emergency Exemptions, Solicitation of Public Comment 
    EPA has received specific exemption requests from the Maryland and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to use the pesticide dinotefuran (CAS No. 165252–70–0) to treat up to 3,730; 24,973; and 29,000 acres, respectively, of pome and stone fruits to control the brown marmorated stinkbug. The Applicants propose uses which are supported by the Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR–4) program and have been requested in 5 or more previous years, and petitions for tolerances have not yet been submitted to the Agency. EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemptions. (May 27)

  • Flonicamid; Pesticide Tolerances 
    This regulation revises the tolerance for residues of flonicamid in or on Leafy greens subgroup 4–16A, except spinach. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR–4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (May 28)

  • Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities 
    This document announces the Agency’s receipt of an initial filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities. (May 29)

  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses 
    EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (May 29)

  • Pesticide Product Registrations; Receipt of Applications for New Uses 
    EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (May 29)

  • Fayetteville Woman Pleads Guilty to COVID-19 related FEDERAL Offense For Selling Unregistered Pesticides on eBay 
    Rong Sun, who sold an unregistered pesticide as protection against viruses such as COVID-19, has pleaded guilty to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). “This case shows that consumers need to be cautious of products that make unsubstantiated claims of controlling viruses,” said Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Susan Bodine.  “EPA and our law enforcement partners continue to work to stop the sale of these illegal products.  Consumers can help protect themselves by visiting epa.gov/coronavirus for a list of approved products.” (May 29) 

April 28, 2020

Announcing AgSTAR’s New Digester Project Development Handbook
For 26 years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) AgSTAR Program has been helping farmers and communities across the United States develop and implement anaerobic digestion (AD)/biogas systems. These systems are critical for reducing methane emissions from manure management operations, while also providing other environmental and economic benefits. As a trusted partnership program, AgSTAR helps educate the public on best practices for designing, implementing and maintaining digester projects and brings together leading experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for advancing the biogas industry.
AgSTAR’s newest resource, the Anaerobic Digester Project Development Handbook, is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for AD/biogas systems. Developed with extensive feedback from experts in AD/biogas system project development, the goal of the Handbook is to ensure long-term project success for AD biogas systems by providing background and a framework for AD project development. Digester Project Handbook: https://www.epa.gov/agstar/agstar-project-development-handbook.  Ten keys to digester success: https://www.epa.gov/agstar/10-keys-digester-success

April 22, 2020

U.S. EPA honors Southern California and Arizona students with President’s Environmental Youth Award 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) to a student project led by Lila Copeland, 17, of Ocean Preparatory High School in Los Angeles.  The award, one of 17 given nationwide to projects involving 200 students, honors exceptional contributions to environmental education and stewardship. 

April 17, 2020

EPA Announces Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating its coronavirus website to include new resources for state, local, and tribal agencies and intergovernmental associations. These resources will help EPA and its partners continue to provide the environmental protection the nation depends on without interruption during the coronavirus public health emergency.  

April 16, 2020

EPA Smart Sectors Program Releases Additional “Sector Snapshots”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released “sector snapshots” for eight industries participating in the Smart Sectors Program. The sector snapshot is a web-based tool that shows historical environmental and economic performance on a sector basis. Users can interact with data that include a range of up to 30 different combinations of environmental and economic parameters to view trends over time.

April 15, 2020

EPA at 50: EPA Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day 
 As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 50th anniversary commemoration, the agency is kicking off its monthly series with a look at the history of Earth Day in America. 
 
EPA Awards Nearly $2.5M to North Central Texas Council of Governments to Help Reduce Diesel Emissions 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a cooperative agreement with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to fund diesel emissions-reduction programs. The agreement provides $2,494,496 to replace diesel-powered engines and equipment in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Wise, Hood and Navarro Counties. The funding is provided under the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. 

April 14, 2020

EPA awards over $9 million in GLRI funding for projects to reduce excess nutrients in the Great Lakes
 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced fifteen Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants totaling $9,056,711 to fund projects addressing excess nutrient runoff from nonpoint sources, including stormwater and agriculture, to the Great Lakes.  

EPA Proposes to Retain NAAQS for Particulate Matter
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing its proposal to retain, without changes, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM) including both fine particles (PM2.5) and coarse particles (PM10). This proposal comes after careful review and consideration of the most current available scientific evidence and risk and exposure information, and with consultation and confirmation by the agency’s independent science advisors.

What They Are Saying: EPA Proposes to Retain NAAQS for Particulate Matter 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposal to retain, without changes, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM) including both fine particles (PM2.5) and coarse particles (PM10). This proposal comes after careful review and consideration of the most current available scientific evidence and risk and exposure information, and with consultation and confirmation by the agency’s independent science advisors. Public Officials Voice Support for EPA's Action. 

April 13, 2020

Latest Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks Shows Long-Term Reductions, with Annual Variation
The 2020 edition of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) comprehensive annual report on nationwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, released today, shows that since 2005, national greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 10%, and power sector emissions have fallen by 27% -- even as our economy grew by 25%.

April 10, 2020

Autographa Californica Multiple Nucleopolyhedrovirus Strain R3; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus strain R3 in or on all food commodities when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. AgBiTech Pty Ltd. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus strain R3 in or on all food commodities under FFDCA.

April 7, 2020

EPA to Maintain WaterSense Program Specifications
After a review of WaterSense specifications as directed by America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that the agency will not make updates or changes to the program specifications.

April 1, 2020

EPA solicits grant applications for recycling and food waste reduction projects
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is now accepting applications for Sustainable Materials Management Grants to fund recycling markets or food waste reduction projects in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Proposed projects must focus on enhancing plastics and paper recycling markets or preventing food waste or diverting it from landfills. EPA plans to award grants $30,000 - $60,000 to fund three or four projects.

April 2020 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

March 30, 2020

EPA Encourages Americans to Only Flush Toilet Paper
 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging all Americans to only flush toilet paper, not disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items that should be disposed of in the trash. Flushing only toilet paper helps ensure that the toilets, plumbing, sewer systems and septic systems will continue working properly to safely manage our nation’s wastewater. While EPA encourages disinfecting your environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19, never flush disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items. These easy steps will keep surfaces disinfected and wastewater management systems working for all Americans.

March 24, 2020

EPA Celebrates America’s Farmers and Ranchers on National Agriculture Day
Today and every day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appreciates America’s rich agricultural history and celebrates the work of American farmers and ranchers. In honor of National Agriculture Day and Week, the agency is highlighting the progress that farmers, ranchers and EPA have made to provide Americans with a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply.

March 23, 2020

EPA Seeking to Fund Innovative Solutions for Preventing Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling on states, federally recognized tribes, universities, local governments, and other groups to apply for funding support through the Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program. Grants awarded under this program will support innovative solutions for source reduction or pollution prevention (P2) through research, education, training, or certain other methods.

March 19, 2020

EPA Extends Comment Period on Draft Clean Water Act Permit for Great Bay until May 8, 2020
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the public comment period on the draft Clean Water Act permit for New Hampshire's Great Bay by 30 days to allow for additional input from stakeholders. The new deadline for members of the public to submit comments to EPA is May 8, 2020. If finalized as proposed, EPA believes this draft permit could result in significant decreases in nitrogen discharges to New Hampshire's Great Bay estuary, improving water quality and the health of ecosystems throughout the estuary.

March 18, 2020

EPA Awards $2.3 Million in Funding for Small Businesses to Develop Innovative Environmental Technologies
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $2.3 million in funding for 23 contracts with small businesses through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop technologies that will help protect human health and the environment. This year's funded technologies are focused on clean and safe water, air quality monitoring, land revitalization, homeland security, sustainable materials management, and safer chemicals.

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Solvent Extraction for Vegetable Oil Production Residual Risk and Technology Review
This action finalizes the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted for the Solvent Extraction for Vegetable Oil Production source category regulated under national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP). Based on the results of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) risk review, the Agency is finalizing the decision that risks due to emissions of air toxics from this source category are acceptable and that the current NESHAP provides an ample margin of safety to protect public health.

March 10, 2020

U.S. EPA requires San Francisco-based Wilbur-Ellis to properly manage agricultural pesticides throughout California, New Mexico
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Wilbur-Ellis for the improper storage, labeling and containment of bulk agricultural pesticides at its facilities in Willows, Helm and El Nido, California, and Farmington, New Mexico. The firm, a pesticide re-packager and distributor, has corrected all identified compliance issues and agreed to a systematic evaluation of the company’s overall compliance system and subsequent firmwide implementation of improvements to its management systems, and stopped repackaging pesticides altogether at three of the four facilities. In addition, the company will pay $73,372 in civil penalties.

March 6, 2020

EPA Grant to Houston-Galveston Area Council Will Reduce Diesel Emissions
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a cooperative agreement with the Houston-Galveston Area Council of local governments to fund diesel emissions-reduction work. The agreement provides $333,740 to replace certain diesel-powered engines in Southeast Texas. The funding is provided under the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program.

March 3, 2020

EPA Publishes “Story Map” Illustrating Progress and Continued Efforts to Protect America’s Waters

At an event hosted by the National Ground Water Association in Washington, D.C., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water Dave Ross highlighted the agency’s efforts to protect the nation’s waters as part of EPA’s 50th anniversary celebration. Throughout the month of February, EPA highlighted accomplishments and issued new announcements that demonstrate the agency’s continued commitment to drinking water and surface water protection. Today, EPA published a “story map” to illustrate progress and continued efforts to protect America’s waters.

March 2020 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request
    This notice announces EPA’s receipt of application 89850–EUP–R from SemiosBio Technologies, Inc., requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for lavandulyl senecioate. EPA has determined that the permit may be of regional or national significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, EPA is seeking comments on this application. (March 2)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses (December 2019)
    EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (March 2)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for a New Active Ingredient (December 2019)
    EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing an active ingredient not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (March 2)
  • Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities (January 2020)
    This document announces the Agency’s receipt of an initial filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities. (March 3)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients
    EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (March 3)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses (January 2020)
    EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these. (March 3)
  • Trifloxystrobin; Pesticide Tolerance AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of trifloxystrobin in or on pea and bean, dried shelled, except soybean, subgroup 6C. Bayer CropScience requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (March 6)
  • Penoxsulam; Pesticide Tolerance
    This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of penoxsulam in or on globe artichoke. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR–4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (March 9)
  • U.S. EPA requires San Francisco-based Wilbur-Ellis to properly manage agricultural pesticides throughout California, New Mexico
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Wilbur-Ellis for the improper storage, labeling and containment of bulk agricultural pesticides at its facilities in Willows, Helm and El Nido, California, and Farmington, New Mexico. The firm, a pesticide re-packager and distributor, has corrected all identified compliance issues and agreed to a systematic evaluation of the company’s overall compliance system and subsequent firmwide implementation of improvements to its management systems, and stopped repackaging pesticides altogether at three of the four facilities. In addition, the company will pay $73,372 in civil penalties. (March 10)
  • Cyazofamid; Pesticide Tolerances
    This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of cyazofamid in or on multiple commodities that are identified and discussed later in this document. The Interregional Project Number 4 (IR–4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (March 18)
  • U.S. EPA Acts to Protect the Public from Unregistered “Virus Shut Out” Product Imported into Honolulu and Guam
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has prevented several shipments of an illegal health product from entering U.S. Pacific ports under federal pesticide laws. The item, Virus Shut Out, is not registered with the EPA. Therefore, its safety and efficacy against viruses have not been evaluated.  In addition, its labeling – including directions for use – is not provided in the English language as required by law, and on-line advertising materials contain misleading claims about its safety and effectiveness. (March 25)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients
    EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (March 27)
 

February 20, 2020

EPA and USDA Announce Continued Commitment to Support Rural Water Systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will help rural water systems face the challenges of aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs, limited management capacity and declining rate bases. Through this MOA, EPA and USDA will conduct joint activities to help rural water systems continue to provide access to safe drinking water and protect their water resources.

February 10, 2020

EPA FY 2021 Budget Proposal Released
President Trump released his proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, which includes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The President’s Budget provides $6.658 billion to support the agency’s mission of protecting human health and the environment. The Budget maintains the Administration’s focus on EPA’s core mission – providing Americans with clean air, land and water, and ensuring chemical safety, while targeting emerging domestic and global environmental challenges. The FY 2021 Budget coincides with EPA’s 50th anniversary, which will be officially celebrated on December 2, 2020.

February 7, 2020

Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC) Notice of Charter Renewal
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC) is in the public interest and is necessary in connection with the performance of EPA’s duties. Accordingly, the FRRCC will be renewed for an additional two year period. The purpose of the FRRCC is to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities. Inquiries may be directed to Hema Subramanian, Designated Federal Officer for the FRRCC, U.S. EPA, (Mail Code 1101A), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, or FRRCC@epa.gov.

February 6, 2020

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2020 and Biomass Based Diesel Volume for 2021 and Other Changes
Under section 211 of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to set renewable fuel percentage standards every year. This action establishes the annual percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that apply to gasoline and diesel transportation fuel produced or imported in the year 2020.

U.S. EPA, Central Coast Growers, Federal & State Partners Join Healthy Soils Dialogue
In Santa Ynez, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met with federal and state agencies and leaders from the region’s agriculture and food production industries to make progress on on-farm composting. Representatives from Central Coast farm and producer organizations joined a roundtable discussion with representatives from EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

February 2020 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • Pesticide Registration Review; Interim Decisions and Case Closures for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s interim registration review decisions for the following chemicals: 2,4–DB, 3–MCH, aliphatic solvents, alkyl imidazolines, bromoxynil, buprofezin, chondrostereum purpureum, diflubenzuron, dikegulac sodium, diquat dibromide, fluthiacet-methyl, hydramethylnon, inorganic polysulfides (also known as calcium polysulfide or lime sulfur), IR3535, lufenuron, oBenzyl-p-Chlorophenol, octenol, PMD, Potato Leaf Roll Virus Resistance Gene, starlicide (DRC–1339), trifluralin, tri-n butyl tetradecyl phosphonium chloride (TTPC), uniconazole-p, zinc and zinc salts, and zoxamide. In addition, it announces the closure of the registration review case for 1-(3-chloroallyl)-3,5,7- triaza-1-azoniaadamantane (CTAC) because the last U.S. registrations for this pesticide have been canceled. (February 3)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Neonicotinoid Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. (February 3)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Interim Decision for Glyphosate; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s interim registration review decision for glyphosate. Registration review is EPA’s periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide’s registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. (February 3)
  • Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Control of Emissions From Production of Pesticides and Herbicides
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by Missouri on January 14, 2019. Missouri requests that EPA revise its rule related to control of emissions from production of pesticides and herbicides. These revisions include removing certain provisions from the rule, consolidating requirements, including incorporations by reference and revising unnecessarily restrictive language. The EPA’s proposed approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). (February 4)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of carboxin, famoxadone (ecological assessment only), fenpropimorph, irgarol, naphthalene acetic acid (also known as NAA), propargite, telone (1,3-D), triallate, and triticonazole. (February 4)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of the EPA’s preliminary work plans for the following chemicals: Methoprene, pyridalyl, and spirotetramat. With this document, the EPA is opening the public comment period for registration review for these chemicals (February 4)
  • Pesticide Maintenance Fee; Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
    This notice 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 III., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (February 4)
  • Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: 2,4-DP-p, aliphatic alcohols, alkylbenzene sulfonates, Bacillus pumilus, bromacil, dimethyl disulfide (DMDS), fatty acid monoesters, MCPA, methyl bromide, pyroxsulam, tefluthrin, and thiencarbazone methyl. (February 4)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients (November 2019)
    EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. (February 4)
  • Arizona’s Pool Water Products Inc. to Pay $800,000 Penalty for Federal Pesticide Law Violations
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with Pool Water Products Inc. to address alleged violations of federal pesticide laws at its facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The company now has 30 days to pay $800,000. (February 6)
  • Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities (December 2019)
    This document announces the Agency’s receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities (February 10)
  • Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities (October 2019)
    This document announces the Agency’s receipt of an initial filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities. (February 11)
  • Banda de Lupinus Albus Doce (BLAD); Proposal To Revoke Exemption and Establish Pesticide Tolerances
    On May 29, 2015, EPA proposed to revoke the current exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of banda de Lupinus albus doce (BLAD) in or on all food commodities and to establish tolerances for residues of BLAD in or on almonds, grapes, strawberries, and tomatoes. Following the receipt of several comments, the Agency is reproposing this action in order to clarify its proposed rulemaking. In addition, since the publication of the initial proposal, the registrant has requested that the Agency establish tolerances for additional commodities. The Agency is undertaking this action under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (February 11)
  • Propanamide, 2-hydroxy-N, Ndimethyl-; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
    This regulation established exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of propanamide, 2-hydroxy-N, N-dimethyl-, when used as an inert ingredient (solvent/cosolvent) in pesticides applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest, or in pesticides applied to animals, limited to 50% by weight in the pesticide formulations. Spring Trading Company, LLC on behalf of BASF Corporation submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an amendment to an existing requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of propanamide, 2-hydroxyN, N-dimethyl-, when used in accordance with the terms of these exemptions. (February 14)
  • Acetamiprid; Pesticide Tolerances
    This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of acetamiprid in or on multiple commodities that are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR–4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (February 14)
  • Ethylenebis(oxyethylene) bis[3-(5-tertbutyl-4-hydroxy-m-tolyl) propionate]; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
    This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of ethylenebis(oxyethylene) bis[3-(5-tertbutyl-4-hydroxy-m-tolyl) propionate] when used as an inert ingredient (stabilizer) limited to 1% (by weight) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops, and raw agricultural commodities after harvest. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of ethylenebis(oxyethylene) bis[3-(5-tertbutyl-4-hydroxy-m-tolyl) propionate] when used in accordance with the terms of this exemption. (February 14)
  • Difenoconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
    This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of difenoconazole in or on vegetable, root, subgroup 1A, except ginseng; vegetable, leaves of root and tuber, group 2; and tea, dried. In addition, this regulation amends the tolerances for residues of difenoconazole in or ginseng; cattle, liver; goat, liver; horse, liver; and sheep, liver. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (February 14)
  • Cyantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerances
    This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of cyantraniliprole in or on strawberry. The Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR–4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (February 14)
  • Prohexadione Calcium; Pesticide Tolerances
    This regulation establishes tolerances with a regional registration for residues of prohexadione calcium in or on alfalfa forage, alfalfa hay, and field corn forage, grain, and stover. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR–4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (February 14)
  • Flutriafol; Pesticide Tolerances
    This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of flutriafol in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Cheminova A/S on behalf of FMC Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (February 14)
  • Chlorfenapyr; Pesticide Tolerances
    This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of chlorfenapyr in or on basil, fresh leaves; chive, fresh leaves; and cucumber and increases the established tolerance on vegetable, fruiting, group 8–10. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR–4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). (February 14)
  • Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities (PP 8F8708)
    This document announces the Agency’s receipt of a corrected filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment of regulations for residues of indoxacarb in or on certain popcorn commodities. (February 25)

January 28, 2020

EPA and Army Deliver on President Trump’s Promise to Issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – A New Definition of WOTUS
At an event at the Georgia Department of Agriculture in Atlanta, EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker, Major General Diana Holland, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division, and Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black celebrated the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The rule provides a new, clear definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS)—delivering on President Trump’s promise to finalize a revised definition for “waters of the United States” that protects the nation’s navigable waters from pollution and will result in economic growth across the country.

January 27, 2020

ICYMI: EPA Administrator Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army R.D. James Op-ed
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army fulfilled yet another one of President Donald Trump’s promises by issuing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule on Thursday. The rule establishes a new definition for Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, and clarifies the limits of federal control under the Clean Water Act. 

January 24, 2020

EPA Joins Rep. Marshall for Navigable Waters Protection Rule Announcement at Kansas Commodity Classic
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford joined Rep. Dr. Roger Marshall at the Kansas Commodity Classic in Manhattan, Kansas, in celebration of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The rule provides a new, clear definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), delivering on President Trump’s promise to finalize a revised definition that protects the nation’s navigable waters from pollution and will result in economic growth across the country.

EPA and Army Deliver on President Trump's Promise to Issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule - A New Definition of WOTUS
With the 52nd annual Idaho Potato Conference and Ag Expo in Pocatello serving as a backdrop, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Chris Hladick and U.S Army Corps of Engineers Brigadier General Pete Helmlinger celebrated the debut of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The rule provides a new, clear definition for "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS)-delivering on President Trump's promise to finalize a revised definition for "Waters of the United States" that protects the nation's navigable waters from pollution and will result in economic growth across the country.

More Widespread Support for EPA and Army's Navigable Waters Protection Rule – A New Definition of WOTUS
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James unveiled a new, clear definition for “waters of the United States.” With the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, EPA and the Department of the Army (Army) are delivering on President Trump’s promise to finalize a revised definition for “waters of the United States” that protects the nation’s navigable waters from pollution and will result in economic growth across the country. Here's what elected officials and stakeholders are saying...

January 23, 2020

U.S. EPA and Army Deliver Navigable Waters Protection Rule and Redefine WOTUS
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker, Col. Daryll Fust, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Deputy Commander, and U.S. Representative Paul Gosar celebrated the new Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The rule provides a new, clear definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS)—delivering on President Trump’s promise to finalize a revised definition for “waters of the United States” that protects the nation’s navigable waters from pollution and will result in economic growth across the country.

Correcting the Record: Media Erroneously Claims EPA and Army Jeopardize Wetlands & Stream Protection
According to multiple media reports, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which delivers a new, clear definition for “waters of the United States,” issued today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) erodes protection for “millions of miles of streams” and wetlands. While this conveniently fits the narrative they are trying to push, it runs contrary to the facts. There’s even a fact sheet easily and publicly accessible online spelling this out.

January 22, 2020

Trump Administration Recruits Six New Members as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the addition of six new U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. These champions are U.S. businesses and organizations pledging to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations by 50 percent by the year 2030. New champions in 2019 and announced today include: Browns Superstores, Compass Group, Giant Eagle, Hello Fresh, Las Vegas Sands, and The Wendy’s Company.

January 15,2020

EPA awards over $476,000 to New Mexico to reduce Diesel Emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $476,330 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant to the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) to reduce emissions of diesel particulate matter.

EPA, Delaware Sign Pact to Expand Efforts Supporting Clean Water, Healthy Farms
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Delaware Department of Agriculture today signed a five-year, first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand joint activities supporting the agencies’ shared goal of cleaner water and sustainable farms.

January 9, 2020

EPA, USDA, and FDA Launch Joint Website to Streamline Information about Agricultural Biotechnology Products
In recognition of National Biotechnology Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a unified website that provides a one-stop-shop for information about the actions the federal government is taking to oversee the development of agricultural biotechnology products. This new website is a key accomplishment under President Trump’s Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products.

January 7, 2020

EPA Draft Permit Will Significantly Reduce Nitrogen Discharges, Improve Health of Great Bay
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has issued a draft Clean Water Act permit for public comment. If finalized as proposed, EPA believes this draft permit could result in significant decreases in nitrogen discharges to New Hampshire's Great Bay estuary, improving water quality and the health of ecosystems throughout the estuary. Under the terms of the draft permit, which EPA developed in close coordination with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), 13 wastewater treatment plants in 12 New Hampshire communities would take steps to reduce nitrogen discharges to Great Bay.

January 2020 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates