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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.

June 20

Statement on Sulfoxaflor Section 18 Emergency Exemptions
EPA has reissued emergency exemptions for the use of sulfoxaflor in 12 states to control tarnished plant bugs on cotton and to control sugarcane aphids on sorghum in 14 states for 2019. The exemptions will authorize treatment of defined geographic areas within each state for a finite period.

June 12

EPA and USDA Launch Innovative Nutrient Financing Webinar Series to Help Improve America’s Water Quality
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing efforts to promote creative problem solving and market-based approaches to reduce excess nutrients in our nation’s waterways, EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are kicking off a webinar series to educate the public on financing opportunities that are available to improve water quality.  

EPA announces FY 2020-2023 Priorities for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced seven enforcement and compliance assurance priority areas for fiscal years 2020-2023. Six of the seven priorities are National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs), which will be led by EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). For the seventh priority area, OECA will contribute to the agency’s implementation of the Lead Action Plan, which was issued by the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children in December 2018.  

June 6

U.S. EPA honors Sprouts Farmers Markets for leading food recovery efforts nationwide
Sprouts Farmers Market was recogni zed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its outstanding efforts in food recovery.

EPA Administrator Hosts Interagency Endangered Species Act Working Group Meeting
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler is hosting U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chairman Mary B. Neumayr to discuss improving the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation process for pesticides.

June 5

EPA Brownfields Funding Announced for Five Communities in Georgia
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected 149 communities across the country including five in Georgia to receive funding for brownfield site revitalization to help local governments redevelop vacant and unused properties, transforming communities and local economies.

June 4

EPA Reaches Agreement with Soulard Second Street, LLC, to Redevelop Portion of Former J.F. Queeny/Monsanto/Solutia Facility in St. Louis
Soulard Second Street, LLC, will purchase, restore, and redevelop a portion of the former J.F. Queeny/Monsanto/Solutia manufacturing facility, located at 201 Russell Boulevard near downtown St. Louis, as part of a recent agreement with EPA. The agreement will allow for remediation of the site and the construction of a proposed 155,400-square-foot industrial warehouse.

Administrator Wheeler Signs Final Rule to Add Reporting Exemption Under EPCRA for Air Emissions from Animal Waste
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a final rule amending the emergency release notification regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The amendments clarify that reporting of air emissions from animal waste at farms is not required under EPCRA.

May 31

EPA Delivers On President Trump’s Promise To Allow Year-Round Sale Of E15 Gasoline And Improve Transparency In Renewable Fuel Markets
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final action that would remove the key regulatory barrier to using gasoline blended with up to 15% ethanol (E15) during the summer driving season and reform the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program to increase transparency and deter price manipulation. Taken together, these steps follow through on the Trump Administration’s commitment to responsible environmental protection that promotes energy independence, regulatory reform, and increasing the use of biofuels to give consumers more choices, while supporting American farmers.

May 30

EPA Regional Administrator to Attend Elite Octane Ethanol Plant Grand Opening in Atlantic, Iowa, and Provide E-15 Update
On Friday, May 31, EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford will share an E-15 update during the grand opening celebration of the Elite Octane Ethanol Plant in Atlantic, Iowa, west of Des Moines.

May 28

EPA Announces $14 Million to Reduce Excess Nutrients and Stormwater Pollution in the Great Lakes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accept applications for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants until July 12. EPA expects to award a total of approximately $14 million for about 30 projects in five categories addressing excess nutrients and stormwater runoff.
 
EPA Seeks Nominations for the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee
EPA is accepting nominations for membership on the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). Established in 1995, the PPDC is a diverse group of stakeholders chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide feedback to EPA on various pesticide regulatory, policy, and program implementation issues.
 

May 21

EPA Makes it Easier to Find Information on Pesticide Registration Review Actions
To increase transparency and ensure information is easily accessible, EPA has created a new web-based table of the most recent pesticide registration review actions. Making this information available in one place on our website will save stakeholders time, energy, and resources. This provides an alternative to searching individual Federal Register notices on each registration review action.

May 20

U.S. EPA settles with Del Monte Fresh Produce for ammonia release and emergency response violations in Sanger, California
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Del Monte Fresh Produce (West Coast) Inc. for violations of federal chemical safety and reporting requirements following an ammonia release at its storage and distribution facility located in Sanger, California.  Del Monte, one of the world’s largest distributers of fresh produce, will pay a $80,000 civil penalty and spend approximately $110,000 to reduce the risk of chemical accidents at its facility.
 

May 17

Innovative Water Quality Project by New Jersey High School Student Wins EPA Award  -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Harshal Agrawal, a senior at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, has won the 2019 Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Harshal’s ISEF project, “Large-Scale Field Testing of Stropharia Mycelium Buffer Strips for Harmful Algae Bloom Prevention, Year 5,” has a long-term goal of developing a low-cost, eco-friendly, and efficient way of preventing Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). 

May 16

EPA Joins Pennsylvania Partners To Support Sustainable Farming To Benefit Local Streams, Chesapeake Bay
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined partners in Pennsylvania in signing a letter of intent to support sustainable farming practices in Pennsylvania that will lead to environmental benefits for local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

Preparatory Virtual Meeting of the FIFRA SAP on EPA’s Proposed Guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Certain Flea and Tick Pet Products
EPA is announcing a preparatory virtual meeting (via teleconference and webcast) for the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) members and the public to comment on and ask questions regarding the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions to be used for the peer review of proposed guidelines for efficacy testing of certain flea and tick pet products.

May 13

U.S. EPA settlement with Producers Dairy Foods improves chemical safety at Fresno, California, facility
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with Producers Dairy Foods Inc. over chemical safety and risk management violations at its facility in Fresno, California, Producers Dairy Foods, one of the largest family-owned and operated dairies in the West, has agreed to pay a $89,960 civil penalty and make improvements to its risk management practices. In addition, the company will purchase more than $26,000 in emergency response equipment for the Fresno City Fire Department.

May 10, 2019

EPA to Hold Public Meeting on Revisions to Draft Framework on Endangered Species Act Process for Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comment on draft revisions to the framework used to evaluate the impacts pesticides have on endangered species under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The draft revisions would ensure this process is efficient, protective, transparent, and based on the best available science.

May 9, 2019

Maine Wood Products Facility Settles EPA Toxic Chemical Right-to-Know Allegations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New England regional office has reached a settlement with a Maine wood products facility that will result in regular reporting about the facility's use of toxic chemicals.

May 8, 2019

U.S. EPA honors ProduceGood for leading food recovery efforts in San Diego County
As part of the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Encinitas, California-based ProduceGood for its outstanding efforts in food recovery. This is the first Food Recovery Challenge award received by the nonprofit organization.

May 7, 2019

Trump Administration to Support Community Revitalization, Local Food Initiatives
In support of the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service and the Northern Border Regional Commission in announcing assistance to help 15 communities with revitalization strategies that boost the local economy, improve health, and protect the environment. The assistance is provided through Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP), a federal initiative that helps communities reinvest in existing neighborhoods and improve quality of life as they develop the local food economy. The communities include:

  • Two Virginia communities -- Charlottesville & Pulaski -- In Charlottesville, the city and the Charlottesville Food Justice Network, in partnership with young people, residents, and local urban and rural farmers, are working to develop an integrated plan to advance food equity through affordable food markets and urban agriculture in low-income neighborhoods slated for future development. The town of Pulaski wants to explore how various food access and healthy living programs can contribute to ongoing downtown revitalization, including adaptive reuse of former industrial and manufacturing spaces.

  • Russellville, AR -- The city of Russellville is interested in creating a culinary incubator in a former fire station in the Main Street district to support entrepreneurs and revitalize downtown. LFLP partner communities work with a team of agricultural, environmental, public health and regional economic development experts to set goals and identify local assets that can support the local food economy. Communities also develop an action plan and identify potential resources from the participating federal agencies to support implementation.

  • Little Falls, Minnesota -- In Little Falls, Sprout MN will engage residents in downtown revitalization and economic development opportunities that support the local food economy.

  • Indianapolis -- In Indianapolis, NEAR wants to increase access to affordable, healthy food while accelerating economic growth and neighborhood revitalization and putting former industrial spaces to use.

  • Mt. Pulaski, Illinois -- In Mt. Pulaski, the Economic Development and Planning Board is working to create a local food hub, community food co-op, and a community garden on an underused empty lot to revitalize the downtown business district and support surrounding farms.

  • Frankfort, Kentucky -- The city of Frankfort is seeking assistance to determine the best location for their farmers market and assess the feasibility of creating a commercial kitchen to improve downtown foot traffic and spur revitalization. The city hopes to spur economic development and tourism, which will create jobs, grow the city’s tax base, support neighborhood revitalization, and expand the middle class.

  • Duluth, Minnesota -- In Duluth, Ecolibrium3 is working to expand community garden spaces to vacant lots, establish a commercial kitchen for neighborhood residents, and create a year-round, indoor food vendor to further neighborhood revitalization, improve food access, and increase economic activity.

  • Malone, New York -- Through LFLP, a team of agricultural, environmental, public health and regional economic development experts will work directly with the Malone Chamber of Commerce and other community leaders to plan for a new downtown farmers market to increase foot traffic, offer a source of fresh food for residents, and provide a new retail outlet for area farmers.

  • Peoria, Illinois -- Nestled along the Illinois River, the City of Peoria lies at the heart of the vibrant Central Illinois region. LFLP will assist the city and its partners in its efforts of wellness-focused community development, with a specific focus on the city’s South Side, creating an action-oriented plan that can be used for future projects and developments.

May 3, 2019

Final Rule Clarifying Toxicology Data Requirements for Antimicrobial Pesticides Used on Food Contact Surfaces
EPA issued a final rule clarifying data requirements for antimicrobial pesticides in 40 CFR Part 158 Subpart W (158W), making the registration process for these pesticides more efficient and transparent. View the final rule at www.regulations.gov, docket ID # EPA-HQ-OPP-2018-0668-0004.

May 1, 2019

EPA provides $3.8 million to Alaska and NW states and partners for diesel pollution reduction efforts
As we celebrate Air Quality Awareness week, clean diesel projects throughout the Northwest and Alaska are receiving a $3.8 million boost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants program. 

EPA appoints Gregory Sopkin as Region 8 Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of Gregory Sopkin of Colorado to become regional administrator for Region 8.  Mr. Sopkin will oversee environmental protection efforts in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming and in 27 Tribal Nations.

May 2019 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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April 30, 2019

EPA Takes Next Step in Review Process for Herbicide Glyphosate, Reaffirms No Risk to Public Health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step in the agency’s review of glyphosate. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.

April 29, 2019

U.S. EPA honors Food Forward for leading food recovery efforts nationwide
As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Food Forward for its outstanding efforts in food recovery. This is the fourth Food Recovery Challenge award received by the nonprofit organization.

April 26, 2019

Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, Earns Regional Award for Food Recovery Efforts
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, with a 2018 Food Recovery Challenge Regional Award. As part of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results.

EPA Launches Smart Sectors Program in Pacific Southwest to Achieve Better Environmental Outcomes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 office is announcing the launch of Smart Sectors Pacific Southwest, a partnership initiative between the agency and regulated business sectors that is focused on achieving better environmental outcomes. Based on the national Smart Sectors program, this approach provides a significant opportunity for EPA to consider more forward-thinking ways to protect the environment through collaboration and dialogue with key sectors of the economy in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, as well as with 148 tribes in the region.

April 25, 2019

EPA presents Mariners/T-Mobile Park with national award for food recovery
Thursday April 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator, Chris Hladick, will present the Seattle Mariners and T-Mobile Park with the agency’s 2018 Food Recovery Challenge National Award for the team’s efforts to reduce food waste. The presentation will occur on the field shortly before the Mariners game against the Texas Rangers.

April 24, 2019

EPA and federal partners seek public input on draft GLRI Action Plan III
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its federal partners are seeking additional input from the public on developing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan III. The plan will outline priorities and goals for the GLRI for the years 2020-2024. Input will be received until May 24, 2019.

April 23, 2019

Kansas Dairy Ingredients of Hugoton, Kansas, Receives EPA Region 7 Pollution Prevention Award for Second Year in a Row
Kansas Dairy Ingredients, a dairy production facility in Hugoton, Kansas, received a second consecutive EPA Region 7 Pollution Prevention (P2) Award today during ceremonies at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference at the Kansas City Convention Center.

April 22, 2019

EPA Awards Oregon State University with the National Pesticide Information Center Cooperative Agreement
EPA has awarded a cooperative agreement to Oregon State University (OSU) to support the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), which provides the public with objective, science-based information on pesticide-related subjects through a website, toll-free telephone service, and outreach. Trained experts will respond to questions on the risks associated with pesticide use, restrictions on pesticide use, who to contact for regulatory enforcement, and how to report information on incidents. NPIC will also collect information on suspected incidents that callers give voluntarily.

April 19, 2019

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting May 8-9, 2019
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on May 8-9, 2019. EPA will hold the meeting in the first-floor conference center at One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Read the Federal Register notice announcing the meeting.

April 18, 2019

EPA Seeks Public Input for Development of National Water Reuse Action Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input on the development of an action plan to accelerate the application of water reuse as a safe, reliable, and sustainable way to meet the country’s current and future water demands.

April 15, 2019

EPA Solicits Proposals for Cooperative Agreement for the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program
EPA is soliciting applications to implement the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP) for FY 2020 through FY 2024. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native Villages, inter-tribal consortia and state and tribal institutions.   

FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting on Proposed Guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Certain Flea and Tick Products
On April 15, 2019, EPA published a Federal Register notice announcing a meeting of the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) on June 11-14, 2019. At the meeting the SAP will review EPA’s Proposed Guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Topically Applied Pesticides Used Against Certain Ectoparasitic Pests on Pets. Information on attending the meeting in person and via webcast can be found on the FIFRA SAP website.

April 12, 2019

EPA Proposes to Reduce TSCA Reporting Burden; Align Reporting with Amended TSCA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule to better support Agency data collection efforts, align reporting with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act by requiring that confidentiality claims be substantiated, and make chemical reporting easier by streamlining complex submissions.

April 11, 2019

Trump Administration to Help Rural Communities Grow Recreation Economy
Today, in support of the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and the Northern Border Regional Commission  in announcing assistance to help communities revitalize their economy through outdoor recreation.

EPA, DNREC, DHSS sign partnership agreement with Delaware State University to enhance environmental stewardship
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Delaware State University signed a renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) to continue to work together to enhance research, teaching, outreach, career development, and stewardship in the environmental sciences at the university.

EPA Community Grants Available to Protect Public Health and the Environment in New England
The US Environmental Protection Agency is making grants available for New England communities to support EPA's "Back-to-Basics" agenda to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life. EPA New England's Healthy Communities Grant Program is accepting applications for projects that will benefit one or more New England communities. EPA plans to award about 10 cooperative agreements, for a total of approximately $250,000 under this funding opportunity. The deadline to submit applications is May 28.

April 9, 2019

EPA to Award $110,000 to Food Waste Management and Infrastructure Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the City of Madison, Wisconsin, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Washington State University’s Energy Program have been selected to receive funding for projects to help reduce food waste and loss and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity in the United States. These projects further the federal government’s efforts set forth in the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative.

EPA, USDA, and FDA Unveil Formal Strategy to Reduce Food Waste, Bring State and Local Partners Together to Increase Collaboration
As part of the Trump Administration’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of a federal interagency strategy to address food waste. The agencies held an event at EPA headquarters to hear from state, local and community leaders and other stakeholders on how all levels of government can work together to reduce food waste.

EPA to Award $43,551 to Food Waste Management and Infrastructure Project in Vermont
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation was selected to receive funding for projects to help reduce food waste and loss and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity in the United States. These projects further the federal government's efforts set forth in the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative. 

EPA to Award $39,000 to Madison for Food Waste Management and Infrastructure Project
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the City of Madison, Wis., has been selected to receive funding to evaluate an anaerobic digester program to divert wasted food from landfills. Madison’s project is one of three selected projects nationwide which further the federal government’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative.  

April 2, 2019

EPA, USDA, and FDA Recognize April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) kick off Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month by calling for greater collaboration with public, private, and nonprofit partners as well as state and local officials to educate and engage consumers and stakeholders throughout the supply chain on the need to reduce food loss and waste.

April 2019 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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March 26, 2019

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Concludes Visit to Cincinnati
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler concluded his visit to Cincinnati, Ohio where he toured the Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center and delivered the keynote address at the 28th Annual Business and Industry's Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety Symposium.

March 25, 2019

EPA update on Bonita Peak Superfund site water treatment plant and sampling data
EPA released preliminary water quality sampling data related to the temporary shutdown of the Interim Water Treatment Plant at the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site at Gladstone, Colorado. EPA’s analysis confirms that there were no adverse impacts to downstream drinking water or agricultural users associated with the short-term shutdown of the plant based on data that indicate minimal to no changes in water quality at sampling points downstream of Silverton in Durango. There were no observed impacts to aquatic life. Any impacts to aquatic life would be limited to the Animas River near Silverton.

Assistant Administrator Issues Message about Protecting the Safety of our Farmworkers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dunn issued a statement in response to National Farmworker Awareness Week: "Today marks the beginning of National Farmworker Awareness Week. We depend on over 2 million agricultural workers in the U.S. to feed families around the world. No farmworker should have to suffer harm caused by pesticide exposure. A serious farmworker injury changes lives forever, for families, friends and entire communities. The health and welfare of our farmworkers is also essential to our abundant and healthful food supply..." Read the Assistant Administrator's full statement.

March 21, 2019

New RT25 Data Will Help Beekeepers and Farmers Protect Pollinators
EPA is updating its Residual Time to 25% Bee Mortality (RT25) Data table with information the agency has collected since the table was first published in 2014. EPA published the RT25 data as one of many actions we have taken since 2006 to protect pollinators.

EPA Releases for Public Comment Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators, Including Plant Biostimulants
EPA is releasing for public comment Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators, Including Plant Biostimulants.

March 20, 2019

EPA Administrator Wheeler's Wilson Center Remarks on Global Water Issues
As Administrator of the U.S. EPA, I believe that water issues are the largest and most immediate environmental and public health issues affecting the world right now.

March 19, 2019

U.S. EPA honors MGM Resorts’ Bellagio Hotel and Casino for leading food recovery efforts nationwide 
MGM Resorts International (MGM) was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its outstanding efforts in food recovery.

March 18, 2019

EPA extends application period for environmental educator awards
The application period has been extended for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE).

March 15, 2019

EPA Launches Environmental Justice Training for States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced training to build the capacity of states to integrate environmental justice into their decision-making process. Over the next year, EPA will conduct a national webinar series developed in collaboration with state partners.

March 11, 2019

EPA Applauds Presidential Signature of Key Pesticide Fees and Worker Protection Law
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump signing into law S. 483, the “Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018,” also known as PRIA 4: “Since 2004, PRIA has been a key statute to ensuring timely review by EPA of pesticide registrations. PRIA 4 is supported by farmers and ranchers, environmental justice and worker protection organizations, and a broad array of manufacturers. EPA looks forward to implementing the new law to further the agency’s mission of protecting human health and the environment.”  

March 8, 2019

Paraquat Certified Applicator Training to Prevent Poisonings Now Available
A new certified applicator training module for paraquat dichloride (also known as paraquat) is now available. The training was developed by paraquat manufacturers as part of EPA’s 2016 risk mitigation requirements and approved by EPA.

March 4, 2019

Administrator Wheeler Announces New Staff Additions and Updated Assignments
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced new additions and assignments for EPA staff as he begins his first full week as Administrator following his Senate confirmation last Thursday.

March 1, 2019

Rescheduled Public Meeting - Environmental Modeling of Vapor-Phase Pesticides
EPA has rescheduled the Environmental Modeling Public Meeting to March 27, 2019. This meeting is a public forum for pesticide registrants, other stakeholders, and EPA to discuss current issues related to modeling pesticide fate, transport, and exposure for pesticide risk assessments in a regulatory context.  This meeting offers a forum for presentations on offsite exposure from vapor-phase pesticides.

March 2019 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Plant Regulator Label Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants; Notice of Availability -- announcing the availability of and seeking public comment on a draft guidance document entitled “Guidance for Plant Regulator Label Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants.” Guidance documents are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important policies, procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. This draft guidance document is intended to clarify that products with label claims that are considered to be plant regulator claims are subject to regulation as a pesticide.  Comments must be received on or before May 28, 2019 (March 27)
  • Sulfometuron-methyl; Pesticide Tolerance -- establishes tolerances for residues of sulfometuron-methyl in or on sugarcane, cane (March 27)
  • Potassium Chloride; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment -- received a quarantine exemption request from the Maryland Department of Agriculture to use the pesticide potassium chloride to treat Hyde's Quarry in Carroll County, Maryland, to control zebra mussels. The Applicant proposes the use of a new chemical which has not been registered by EPA as a pesticide. EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether to grant the exemption. Comments must be received on or before April 9, 2019 (March 25)
  • Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations -- EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw its requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of the products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registrations have been cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order. Comments must be received on or before April 24, 2019 (March 25)
  • Mandipropamid; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of mandipropamid in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document (March 22)  
  • Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amendments To Terminate Uses -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations and amendments to terminate uses, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (March 19)  
  • 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. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Registration Review Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability -- 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: Aviglycine hydrochloride, buprofezin, diflubenzuron, lufenuron, oxytetracycline, prohexadione calcium, pymetrozine, streptomycin, tebuthiuron, and thiobencarb. This notice also announces the availability of EPA's human health and ecological risk assessments for the pesticides oxytetracycline and streptomycin and opens a 60-day public comment period on the risk assessments. Comments must be received on or before May 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses -- 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. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 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. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)  
  • Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request -- announces EPA's receipt of application requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for chlormequat chloride. 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. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Interim Registration Review Decisions and Case Closures for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability -- announces the availability of EPA's interim registration review decision for the following chemicals: Ammonia and Ammonium Sulfate, Azoxystrobin, Benfluralin, Chloropropham, Clomazone, Cytokinins, Dichlobenil, Diflufenzopyr and Diflufenzopyr-sodium, Fenhexamid, Fluopicolide, Fluridone, Indole-3-Butyric Acid, Indoxacarb, Naphthenate Salts, Nuranone, Prometryn, Spinetoram, Spinosad, Trifloxystrobin, and (Z)-9-tricosene. It also announces the amended interim decisions for Ethalfluralin and Hexazinone. In addition, it announces the closure of the registration review case for triforine because the last U.S. registrations for this pesticide have been canceled (March 18)
  • Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities -- 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. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities -- 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. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Pesticide Maintenance Fee: 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 III., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (March 14)
  • Methoxyfenozide; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of methoxyfenozide in or on imported tea.
  • S-Metolachlor; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of S-metolachlor in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document (March 11).
  • Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amend Registrations To Terminate Certain Uses -- In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by the registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide product registrations and to amend certain product registrations to terminate uses. Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2019 (March 5)
  • Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations -- In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. Comments must be received on or before September 3, 2019 (March 5)

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February 28, 2019

U.S. EPA settles with E. & J. Gallo Winery of Fresno, Calif., over chemical safety violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with E. & J. Gallo Winery to resolve risk management violations at its wine production facility in Fresno, Calif. E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest privately held wine company, will pay a $57,839 civil penalty and spend an estimated $350,000 to reduce the risk of chemical accidents at its facility.

EPA Exhibit at 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show Highlights the Ecological Power of Flowers
This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show showcases the Power of Flowers, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s exhibit “E=mc2: Eco-Power” hits the mark.  The exhibit shows how elements of a formal garden such as using native plants and on-site water management techniques can help power an ecosystem while enhancing the landscape.

February 27, 2019

EPA Announces Development of Water Reuse Action Plan
At a water reuse workshop in San Francisco, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the development of a Water Reuse Action Plan that will leverage the expertise of both industry and government to ensure the effective use of the Nation’s water resources.

February 21, 2019

Extension for Complying with Certain Antimicrobial Product Performance Test Guidelines to August 28, 2019
EPA is extending the testing compliance implementation deadline by six months for three final guidelines. EPA announced the availability of final test guidelines for “Series 810 – Product Performance Test Guidelines: Group B – Antimicrobial Efficacy Test Guidelines” on February 28, 2018. The Product Performance 810 Efficacy guidelines are a series of documents that provide recommendations for the design and execution of laboratory studies to evaluate the effectiveness of antimicrobial pesticides that work against public health pests.

U.S. EPA orders Greka to study potential hazardous waste releases at Santa Maria, Calif. Refinery
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered Greka to conduct sampling at its Santa Maria, Calif. refinery to determine whether improper storage and management of hazardous wastes contaminated local soil and groundwater. Greka’s Santa Maria facility is surrounded by agricultural land and close to residential neighborhoods of Santa Maria and Guadalupe.

February 19, 2019

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Training, Notification, and Recordkeeping (Renewal)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA): “Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Training, Notification, and Recordkeeping” (EPA ICR Number 2491.04 and OMB Control Number 2070-0190).

February 13, 2019

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler Signs MOU with National FFA Organization to Enhance Environmental Education
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National FFA Organization to advance educational outreach for EPA’s ongoing environmental and public health initiatives. 

February 6, 2019

EPA and Army Announce Public Hearing on Proposed New “Waters of the United States” Definition
Following President Trump’s directive to provide certainty to American farmers and landowners so that the economy can continue to expand while waters are protected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) are moving to the next steps in proposing a new definition of the “Waters of the United States.” EPA and the Army will hold a public hearing on the proposed new “Waters of the United States” definition in Kansas City with sessions on February 27 and 28, 2019. All persons wanting to speak are encouraged to register in advance. EPA and the Army will also hold an informational webcast on February 14, 2019.

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler Promotes President Trump's State of the Union Address In GA
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Georgia today to promote President Trump's successful State of the Union address. While meeting with local and state officials at McCorkle Nursery in Dearing, Georgia, Acting Administrator Wheeler discussed EPA's ongoing efforts to redefine the “Waters of the United States” rule as well as EPA's efforts to improve America's infrastructure through reforms in the Agency and direct funding through EPA's Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Finally he unveiled EPA's new nutrient reduction policy.

February 5, 2019

EPA’s Chemical Safety Office Launches Twitter Account
EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is excited to talk about what’s going on in our office and share our work with everyone. To help with that we’ve launched a Twitter account, @EPAChemSafety. Follow this account for the latest news on chemicals and pesticides, updates on our chemical review initiatives under TSCA, information on upcoming webinars and public meetings, and much more. 

February 1, 2019

Applications Now Being Accepted for K-12 Student and Teacher Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Award (PIAEE).

EPA Signs MOU with The Water Research Foundation Advancing Nutrient Management Efforts
As part of the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting America’s waters through smart partnerships and market-based approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Water Research Foundation (WRF) to accelerate progress on reducing excess nutrients in the nation’s waterways.

February 2019 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

January 31, 2019

EPA Appoints New Members to the Science Advisory Board and Subcommittees
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of members who will serve on the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and four subcommittees including; the Agricultural Science Committee (ASC), the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), the Drinking Water Committee (DWC), and the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC).  

January 28, 2019

EPA Releases 2018 Year in Review Highlighting Agency Accomplishments and Environmental Progress under President Trump & Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2018 Year in Review outlining major accomplishments and environmental progress during the Trump Administration.