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.

September 10, 2017

EPA Hurricane Irma Update for Sunday, September 10, 2017
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to coordinate closely with local, state and federal partners as the Agency prepares to respond to the impact of Hurricane Irma. EPA teams are formed and ready to deploy to Florida once the conditions are safe for travel and field work. Agency teams will be deploying out of the Region 4 office in Atlanta and their ability to travel to affected areas may be impacted as the storm continues to move north. The Agency continues to have staff in Tallahassee, Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County to ensure close coordination and direct lines of communication.

September 07, 2017

Updated Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Procedures for Notifications and Minor Amendments Now Open for Public Comment
On September 6, 2017, EPA issued a Federal Register Notice announcing proposed updates to Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) 98-10, “Notifications, Non-notifications and Minor Formulation Amendments.” This notice provides guidance to registrants submitting minor modifications to a registration that do not require extensive EPA review and do not have the potential to cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment. Comments must be received on or before October 6, 2017.

EPA to Hold Five Public Meetings in Idaho Focusing on IDEQ Seeking Water Quality Permitting Program 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on the State of Idaho’s application to assume the role of writing, administering and enforcing water quality discharge permits in the state. Until now, the job of writing wastewater and stormwater discharge permits, performing facility inspections and otherwise enforcing the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (part of the federal Clean Water Act) has been the sole responsibility of federal authorities at EPA. The public comment period will close on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

August 31, 2017

EPA Awards Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Nearly $2 Million to Protect Water Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1,987,000 to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act (Section 319) cooperative agreement. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater in order to meet and maintain water quality standards.

2015 Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Data Elements Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule 
Table C-1 to Subpart C of Part 98 on page 89252 has been corrected.

August 28, 2017

Pesticide Electronic Application Submission Portal Updated with New Features
EPA is continuing to update the Pesticide Submission Portal, the Web-based system for electronic submission of pesticide registration applications to EPA, with new features and functionality. This action is another step in a phased approach that will ultimately lead to EPA’s ability to accept all pesticide applications electronically, a move that will help modernize the pesticide registration process, increase operational efficiencies and reduce paper waste.

August 25, 2017

EPA and the Army Seek Input in the Review of the Waters of the U.S. Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) will hold 11 sessions to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide recommendations on a revised definition of “waters of the United States.” The agencies will hold nine two-hour long teleconferences that will be tailored for specific sectors, plus one that will be open to the general public. The agencies will also hold one in-person session for small entities.

August 24, 2017

EPA Awards Washington Department of Ecology Just Over $3 Million to Protect Water Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $3,080,000 to the Washington Department of Ecology to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act (Section 319) grant. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater in order to meet and maintain water quality standards.

August 23, 2017

EPA Releases Update to Popular School Integrated Pest Management Publication
On August 18, 2017, EPA released Pest Control in the School Environment: Implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The publication is an update to its popular 1993 publication, Pest Control in the School Environment: Adopting Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The updated version reflects recent innovations in school IPM, provides links to new information, and has been redesigned into an easily printable format. It provides an overview of IPM and details the steps a school can follow to establish an IPM program.

August 22, 2017

EPA Announces Innovative Research in Upper Willamette
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced research projects addressing priority environmental and human health problems in 20 states through partnerships between EPA’s research office, regional offices, and states. The research announced today is designed to address pressing environmental issues faced by the states. EPA is uniquely equipped to provide scientific expertise to help tackle these problems. The selected projects focus on non-point source nitrogen pollution, volatile organic compound emission detection, harmful algal blooms, roadway air pollution near schools, and other environmental and human health issues across the country. The projects will employ innovative approaches including citizen science, crowdsourcing, a challenge competition, and advanced monitoring technologies.

Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting - October 3-4, 2017
The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will meet on October 3-4, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time in Sloan, Iowa.

Comment Period Open on Ad hoc Candidates for the November 2017 Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP)
A listing of ad hoc candidates, including their biographical sketches, for the November 28-30, 2017 meeting of the FIFRA SAP to consider and review the “Continuing Development of Alternative High-Throughput Screens to Determine Endocrine Disruption, focusing on Androgen Receptor, Steroidogenesis, and Thyroid Pathways,” is now posted at: https://www.epa.gov/sap. The public comment period on the candidates for the November meeting will be from August 22, 2017 to September 7, 2017.

August 21, 2017

EPA Announces $2.86 Million to Improve Tribal Lands in Arizona
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $2.86 million in funding to nine Arizona tribes for environmental programs including drinking water infrastructure development, hazardous waste cleanups, air pollution control, water quality improvement and wetland protection. Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation received $16,680 to work with University of Arizona researchers to assess water quality, develop sustainable agriculture and enhance emergency preparedness.

News from U.S. EPA: The New York Times on Chlorpyrifos
After a monumental mistake where the New York Times was caught peddling false information, they’re at it again. Last night, the New York Times’ Eric Lipton and Roni Rabin reported on false facts about the EPA’s decision not to ban the pesticide Chlorpyrifos and the decision to continue the review regarding the pesticide. 

August 18, 2017

Logan River watershed receives portion of $1m grant for water quality improvement projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1,004,260 to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act Section 319 cooperative agreement. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater in order to improve and protect water quality. Nonpoint source pollution encompasses a wide range of sources that are not always subject to federal or state regulation. These sources include agricultural runoff, unpermitted urban runoff, abandoned mine drainage, failing onsite disposal systems, and pollution caused by changes to natural stream channels.

EPA Proposes Correction to Rule for Pesticide Product Data Requirements
EPA is announcing in the Federal Register a proposed rule to correct the language describing the "200 ppb level" in 40 CFR 158.2230(d). The proposed rule clarifies that the 200 ppb level does not refer to the amount of pesticide residue that might be present on a single food, which is what the current regulatory text incorrectly implies. Instead, it refers to the total amount of residue of a pesticide that an individual might consume per day.

August 11, 2017

EPA Awards an Additional $768,614 to Iowa to Combat Adverse Pesticide Exposure
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has awarded an additional $768,614 to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to administer and enforce the Pesticide Act of Iowa and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to protect the citizens of Iowa and their environment from the adverse effects of pesticide exposure. The two-year grant is worth a total of $1,597,228.

August 9, 2017

Administrator Pruitt Takes State Action Tour to North Dakota
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt continued his state action tour in North Dakota on Wednesday, visiting his ninth state in four weeks. "As I’ve traveled state-to-state, farmers and landowners have told me firsthand the harmful impacts the 2015 WOTUS rule would have on American agribusinesses," said Administrator Pruitt. "EPA is no longer in the business of advancing unnecessary and burdensome regulations that harm the agriculture industry and do little to help keep water clean."

August 8, 2017

Administrator Pruitt Continues State Action Tour in Iowa -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt continued his state action tour in Iowa on Tuesday, visiting his eighth state in four weeks. "Iowa is home to a robust agriculture industry that EPA should not be obstructing with unnecessary and costly regulations that do little to promote environmental stewardship," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "By beginning the process to redefine WOTUS, EPA is providing regulatory certainty for farmers, ranchers, and landowners while respecting the traditional oversight role of states to help keep water clean."

August 7, 2017

EPA Announces Ad Hoc Experts for Consideration for the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel PBPK Meeting, October 24-27, 2017
On June 6, 2017, EPA published a Federal Register Notice (FRL–9962–78) seeking nominees to serve as ad hoc experts for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) on Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling at www.regulations.gov (Docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0180). The meeting was also announced and will be held on October 24-27, 2017 in Arlington, VA, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

August 3, 2017

Pruitt Continues State Action Tour in Colorado
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt continued his state action tour in Colorado today, marking the seventh state visit in three weeks. “There is now hope and optimism for farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses across the country. Two years ago, senior EPA officials with the previous Administration visited Frasier Ranch promising this same audience that agriculture would experience no adverse effects by the 2015 WOTUS rule," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Unfortunately, that couldn't have been further from the truth. Today, I returned to the farm to ensure Coloradans regulatory certainty and return traditional oversight back to the states and prioritize keeping Colorado’s water clean.”

August 2, 2017

Pruitt Continues State Action Tour in Indiana
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt continued his state action tour in Indiana today, his sixth state in three weeks. “The agriculture industry should not be burdened with unnecessary government overreach,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “By beginning the process to redefine WOTUS, we are prioritizing clean water across the country, while also respecting states’ traditional regulatory role over their own waters and providing much-needed certainty to farmers and landowners.”

August 1, 2017

Methods and Guidance for Testing the Efficacy of Antimicrobials against Biofilm Bacteria on Hard, Non-Porous Surfaces
EPA is announcing the availability of two test methods (MB-19 and MB-20) for evaluating the efficacy of antimicrobial pesticides against two biofilm bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, as well as regulatory guidance for pesticidal claims for those products. These test methods and guidance provide a framework for registrants who seek to make a claim for antimicrobial pesticide products to control these bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces.
 

August 2017 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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July 27, 2017

Crop Damage Complaints Related to Dicamba Herbicides Raising Concerns
Reports of crop damage have been received that appear related to the use of herbicides containing the active ingredient dicamba. This Advisory replaces an Advisory issued in August of 2016 and provides information on the agricultural and compliance concerns raised by these ongoing incidents.

July 26, 2017

Federal Partnership Launches Water Quality Challenge Piloting Low-Cost Nutrient Sensors for Local Decision-Making
A federal partnership launched a technology-accelerating water quality challenge to demonstrate how nutrient sensors can be used by states and local communities to help manage nutrient pollution.
 
Walterboro, SC Featured at National ‘Local Foods, Local Places’ Summit
Walterboro, SC success in growing the local food economy was highlighted at the national Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) summit in Washington, D.C.  The summit focused on how investment in the local food economy can help boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses in communities across the country. To grow its food economy, Walterboro established the Colleton Commercial Kitchen next to the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market. In less than two years, the kitchen has helped Walterboro create 12 new businesses and 60 new jobs.  Matt Mardell, Director of the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, spoke at the summit.
 
Huntington, W.Va. Featured at National ‘Local Foods, Local Places’ Summit
Huntington, W.Va. efforts to grow the local food economy were highlighted at the national Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) summit in Washington, D.C. The summit focused on how investment in the local food economy can help boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses in communities across the country. To grow its food economy, Huntington started the Wild Ramp, a farmer co-op market that has sold more than $2 million dollars of goods from local farmers in five years of operation. Huntington’s Unlimited Future was instrumental in supporting the Wild Ramp’s success. Executive Director Gail Patton and Program Director Lauren Kemp spoke at the summit.
 
Corbin, KY Featured at National ‘Local Foods, Local Places’ Summit -- Corbin, KY success in growing the local food economy was highlighted at the national Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) summit in Washington, D.C.  The summit focused on how investment in the local food economy can help boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses in communities across the country. To grow its food economy, Corbin opened a farmers’ market on a vacant lot on main street. In the past two years, the market has helped spur downtown revitalization, reducing the vacancy rate on the main street from 40 percent to 5 percent. Andrew Salmons, Director of Downtown Corbin, spoke at the summit.  
 

July 25, 2017

EPA's Pruitt Visits ‘Local Foods, Local Places’ Summit
Administrator Scott Pruitt met with community leaders at the Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) summit about how investment in the local food economy can help boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses in communities across the country.  
 
EPA awards South Dakota Department of the Environment and Natural Resources over $2.5M grant to protect water quality
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2,544,000 to the South Dakota Department of the Environment and Natural Resources to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act Section 319 grant. These grants are given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater in order to meet and maintain water quality standards.
 

July 24, 2017

EPA Administrator Pruitt Continues State Action Tour in South Carolina
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt continued his multistate action tour in South Carolina today, following visits to Utah, Minnesota and Arkansas last week. The visit highlights the administrator’s recent decision to begin the process to redefine the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule to help return power back to the states and provide regulatory certainty to farmers, landowners, and ranchers across the country. Administrator Pruitt was joined by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, and South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers, at a local sod farm for a roundtable with agricultural and business leaders.
 

July 17, 2017

Widespread Praise for Dr. Michael Dourson
President Donald J. Trump announced his intention to nominate Dr. Michael Dourson of Ohio to be head EPA’s chemical and pesticides office. Dr. Dourson is a professor in the Risk Science Center at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. He founded the nonprofit Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment and worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he won four medals. Dr. Dourson served in multiple positions at the American Board of Toxicology, Society of Toxicology, Society for Risk Analysis, and Toxicology Education Foundation. In addition, to serving on numerous government panels, he is also a member on the editorial board of three toxicology journals.
 

July 12, 2017

U.S. EPA honors five Bay Area federal facilities for going green
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized five federal agencies—Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Labor, and the Presidio Trust—for improving efficiency, saving resources and reducing costs at their Bay Area federal facilities as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC).

July 11, 2017

EPA and Texas team up to eliminate water pollution
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) a performance partnership grant of $2,775,937 for administering water quality and environmental programs. The funds will go toward TCEQ programs to prevent, reduce and eliminate water pollution by setting quality standards, monitoring water quality, granting permits, and assuring compliance with regulations. The funds will also help administer TCEQ’s environmental management programs, which monitor, abate and control hazardous waste, solid waste, air pollution, and pesticides.

EPA Administrator Pruitt Addresses American Farm Bureau’s State Leadership Meeting
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation’s State Leadership Meeting earlier today to discuss EPA’s recent decision to begin rescinding the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule (WOTUS), as well as other issues of concern to American farmers.

July 10, 2017

Pruitt and Perdue Promote Sustainability in The South
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited the Gully Branch Tree Farm in rural Georgia.  The visit focused on the benefits of EPA’s partnership with local organizations in rural America to promote environmental stewardship among school-aged children, especially those living in agricultural communities.

July 6, 2017

EPA grant of nearly $175,000 to state of Oklahoma will support pesticide safety
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $174,814 to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts. The department has authority from EPA to regulate pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act in Oklahoma.

July 2017 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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June 28, 2017

EPA and Texas Partner on Pesticide Safety
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $585,730 to the Texas Department of Agriculture to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts.

U.S. EPA Cites Lodi Company for Violating Federal Pesticide Law
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with San Joaquin Sulphur Company over a pesticide that was unregistered, improperly labeled and sold in inadequate packaging at its facility in Lodi, Calif. The company, a farm supply retailer, will pay a $25,127 civil penalty and has since corrected all identified compliance issues.

June 20, 2017

EPA Announces FIFRA Science Advisory Panel Meeting on PBPK and Asks for Nominations for Panel Members
On June 6, 2017, the EPA published a Federal Register Notice (EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0180) for both the meeting and seeking nominees to serve as ad hoc expert members of the FIFRA SAP on  physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling at www.regulations.gov. The FIFRA SAP serves as the primary scientific peer review mechanism of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) and is structured to provide scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment.

June 15, 2017

EPA Registers Innovative Tool to Control Corn Rootworm 
EPA recently registered four products containing a new and innovative plant-incorporated protectant (PIP) called SMARTSTAX PRO that will help U.S. farmers control corn rootworm, a devastating corn pest that has developed resistance to several other pesticides.

Test Guideline Methods for Bed Bug Pesticide Products Now Available
EPA’s final test guidelines, 810.3900 - Laboratory Product Performance Testing Methods for Bed Bug Pesticide Products, provides recommendations for the design and execution of laboratory studies to evaluate the performance of pesticide products intended to be effective against bed bugs. The guidance also includes directions for data reporting.

June 14, 2017

EPA Honors Fifth-Grader from Everett, Washington for Protecting Bees and Other Pollinators
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Elizabeth Sajan, a 5th grade student at St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett, Washington, for her outstanding work to promote and protect bees and other pollinators in her local community. Elizabeth’s project is among 15 student projects from 13 states to receive the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for their environmental education and stewardship achievements.  EPA presented the award at a ceremony today at St. Mary Magdalen School.

June 8, 2017

Upcoming Environmental Modeling in Ground Water Public Meeting
On June 28, 2017, EPA will hold an Environmental Modeling Public Meeting. This meeting provides 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. Groundwater modeling is conducted as part of the pesticide registration and re-evaluation processes. Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before June 21, 2017.

Five West Haven, Conn. Students Honored by White House and EPA for Environmental Project
Five students and their teacher from West Haven, Conn., were recognized today as winners of the 2016 President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA). The program recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth. These students demonstrate the initiative, creativity, and applied problem-solving skills needed to tackle environmental problems and find sustainable solutions. After reflecting on pollution problems in their own community and around the world, the five West Haven ninth graders, calling themselves "PKN," decided to address their concern about air pollution and the large amount of petroleum-based plastics filling landfills. A special concern of the students was people's use of inexpensive masks to filter out particulate matter in the air, and the waste created by the disposal of these masks. The PKN team developed a low-cost biodegradable plastic using pumpkins, a local agricultural product. During the project, PKN partnered with a local farm to repurpose pumpkins that would otherwise be thrown away as waste at the end of the fall season. The team continues to explore options to commercially distribute masks made from this cost-efficient bioplastic. The group is also working to develop biodegradable plastic bags made from their innovative material. The group met with a local environmental technology company to further develop a business model for PKN's products.

U.S. EPA Requires Imperial County Company to Safely Manage Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Rockwood Chemical Company over an improperly stored and labeled agricultural pesticide at its facility in Brawley, Calif. The company, a pesticide re-packager and distributor, will pay a $50,929 civil penalty and has corrected all identified compliance issues.

June 7, 2017

Camden Redevelopment Agency to Receive $450,000 to Continue Work on Contaminated Brownfield Site 
​The Camden Redevelopment Agency of Camden, New Jersey was among 11 Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) recipients selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to receive supplemental funding. The additional support will help them to continue their work cleaning up the contaminated Building 8 Site. Former successful RLF communities have leveraged more than $6.3 billion in cleanup and redevelopment investments and completed more than 657 cleanups. For example, RLF funds are being used to turn the Colman Village Site in Rockford, Illinois into a $65 million multi-use complex that will host the Rock Valley Technical Career Education and Training Center, a major hospital clinic, the Illinois Center for Urban Agriculture, and office spaces. It is expected to generate approximately 210 to 305 jobs.

June 6, 2017

EPA awards over $866,000 to American Samoa for Environmental Protection
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $866,397 to the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) to strengthen its capacity to protect human health and the environment. Environmental priorities include educating farmers on proper pesticide application techniques, and eliminating illegal importation and use of unregistered foreign pesticides.  

June 1, 2017

Clarification and Time Extension for Water Soluble Packaging Instructions
The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the time for registrants to submit revised labels for products with water soluble packaging. The new language is designed to correct misuse and protect handlers from exposure, and it will clarify that the changes only apply to large mix tanks, such as those often used in agricultural settings, versus smaller tanks, such as handheld or backpack sprayers.  The deadline for submitting revised label instructions, originally April 5, has been extended to October 5, 2017.

June 2017 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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May 31, 2017

New Model Helps Calculate Exposure to Food Surface Sanitizers
The Food Contact Sanitizing Solutions Model (FCSSM) was developed to estimate indirect dietary exposure to components of sanitizing solutions used in commercial settings. The model offers guidance for estimating exposure where there may be inadvertent transfer of residue to edible items prepared or transported on surfaces treated with these pesticides. The model consists of spreadsheets that automatically calculate exposure and risk estimates based on data entered by the user.

May 25, 2017

EPA fines Wonder Farm Inc. for pesticide and worker protection violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Wonder Farm, Inc. over alleged misuse of pesticides and violations of worker safety regulations at its basil farm in Waianae, Oahu. Under the agreement, the company will pay a $26,700 penalty.

May 22, 2017

Proposals Requested for Cooperative Agreement to Train Healthcare Providers 
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications from eligible parties to manage a cooperative agreement to help educate the medical community on how to recognize and treat pesticide-related health conditions. The long-term goal of the project is to achieve improved health for communities at risk for overexposure to pesticides through outreach, technical assistance and training to increase knowledge and awareness of environmental and occupational health risks.

May 12, 2017

UPDATED: EPA Requests Comment on Extending the Timeline for Pesticide Applicators Rule
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt today proposed a 12-month extension for implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators (C&T) rule. EPA received feedback from states and stakeholders that more time and resources are needed to prepare for compliance with the rule. The extended timeline would enable EPA to work with states and provide adequate compliance and training resources.

May 9, 2017

EPA Awards Oklahoma $855,000 to Protect Water Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $855,0000 to the Oklahoma Office of the Secretary of Energy to support management of nonpoint-source water pollution. The funding will be used for a variety of projects designed to improve water quality in several priority watersheds. EPA’s grant will help Oklahoma fund NPS management projects such as controlling animal wastes, sediment, pesticides, and fertilizers; watershed planning and monitoring; and education and outreach programs.

EPA and U.S. Army Solicit State Input on Redefining “Waters of the U.S.”
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army sent a letter to governors today soliciting input from states on a new definition of protected waters that is in-line with a Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in the 2006 Rapanos v. United States case. Scalia’s definition explains that federal oversight should extend to “relatively permanent” waters and wetlands with a “continuous surface connection” to large rivers and streams.

May 3, 2017

State of Texas Receives EPA Grant of $8.3M for Water Quality and Environmental Programs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) a performance partnership grant of $8,354,808 for administering water quality and environmental programs. The funds will go toward TCEQ programs to prevent, reduce and eliminate water pollution by setting quality standards, monitoring water quality, granting permits, and assuring compliance with regulations. The funds will also help administer TCEQ’s environmental management programs, which monitor, abate and control hazardous waste, solid waste, air pollution, and pesticides.

May 2017 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • Flazasulfuron; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of flazasulfuron in or on olives. ISK Biosciences Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) (May 25)
  • Fenazaquin; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of fenazaquin in or on hop, dried cones; nuts, tree, group 14-12; pineapple; and tea, dried. Gowan Company requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) (May 25)
  • Isopyrazam; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of isopyrazam in or on pepper, bell; tomato; and vegetable, cucurbit, subgroup 9A. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) (May 25)
  • Registration Review Proposed Interm Decisions for Aldicarb, Azoxystrobin, Bifenazate, Chlorpyrifos-methyl, Ethalfluralin, and Pirimiphos-methyl; 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. 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 (May 25)
  • Pyridate; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment -- EPA has received a specific exemption request from the Washington State Department of Agriculture to use the herbicide pyridate to treat up to 13,850 acres of double-cut mint to control terbacil-resistant redroot pigweed biotypes, common lambquarters, Powell amaranth, cinquefoil, Russian thistle, marestail and field violet in Washington. The applicant proposes a use of a pesticide that was voluntarily canceled in 2004, and which is now considered to be unregistered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemption (May 24)
  • Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule; Delay of Effective Date -- On January 4, 2017, EPA published a final rule revising the regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs). The original effective date of March 6, 2017 was extended to March 21, 2017 by rule issued January 26, 2017, and subsequently extended to May 22, 2017 by rule issued March 20, 2017. In accordance with the Presidential directives as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' and the principles identified in the April 25, 2017 Executive Order “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America,'' EPA solicited public comments on May 15, 2017 about a possible further delay of the effective date of the January 4, 2017 revisions to the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule until May 22, 2018. With this action, EPA is making an interim extension of the effective date until June 5, 2017 in order to consider and respond to public comments received in regard to the proposed May 22, 2018 extension (May 22)
  • Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule; Extension of Effective Date -- On January 4, 2017, EPA published a final rule revising the regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs). The original effective date of March 6, 2017 was extended to March 21, 2017 by rule issued January 26, 2017, and subsequently extended to May 22, 2017 by rule issued March 20, 2017. In accordance with the Presidential directives as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' and the principles identified in the April 25, 2017 Executive Order “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America,'' EPA is proposing to further delay the effective date of the January 4, 2017 revisions to the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule until May 22, 2018. Comments must be received on or before May 19, 2017 (May 15)
  • Flonicamid; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of flonicamid in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. In addition, this regulation revokes the established tolerance for vegetable, fruiting, group 8-10 that is superseded by this action (May 11)
  • Fluazinam; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes a tolerance for residues of fluazinam in or on tea, dried (May 11)
  • Tolerances and Exemptions for Pesticide Chemical Residues in Food -- In Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, parts 150 to 189, revised as of July 1, 2016, on page 612, in Sec. 180.495, in the table in paragraph (a), the second entry for “Grape, raisin'' is removed (May 10)
  • Registration Review Draft Risk Assessments for Linuron and Several Pyrethroids; Re-opening of Comment Period -- In the Federal Register of November 29, 2016, EPA announced the availability of and solicited public comment on the registration review draft risk assessments for a number of pesticide chemicals, including several pyrethroid insecticides and the herbicide linuron. This document re-opens the comment period on the ecological risk assessment for the pyrethroid chemicals for 60 days; and re-opens the comment period on the human health and ecological risk assessments for the chemical linuron for 30 days. Comments must be received on or before July 7, 2017 for the ecological risk assessment for the pyrethroid chemicals; and on or before June 7, 2017 for the human health and ecological risk assessments for the chemical linuron (May 8)
  • Tioxazafen; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of tioxazafen in or on corn, field, forage; corn, field, grain; corn, field, stover; cotton, gin byproducts; cotton, undelinted seed; soybean, forage; soybean, hay; soybean, meal; soybean, seed (May 1)

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April 24, 2017

EPA awards nearly $1.3 million to Guam for environmental protection
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1,296,939 to the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) to strengthen its capacity to protect human health and the environment. The funding will enable GEPA to continue a host of ongoing environmental programs including improving pesticide management by educating farmers on proper application techniques and how to prevent illegal importation and use of unregistered pesticides.

April 20, 2017

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee and Pesticide Regulatory Reform Meetings
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on Wednesday, May 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and on Thursday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The session on May 4 will be devoted to receiving public feedback on pesticide regulatory reform issues. Capacity is limited. Registration will be required to attend the May 4 meeting in person or by phone.

April 12, 2017

U.S. EPA Requires Ag Companies to Better Manage Pesticides in California’s Central Valley
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced separate settlements with two companies over the improper storage and labeling of agricultural pesticides. J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest privately-held agribusiness companies in the nation, and Gar Tootelian, Inc., a long-time distributor of chemicals and fertilizers in the San Joaquin Valley, have agreed to pay a total of $131,920 in civil penalties. The firms have committed to correcting all of the identified compliance issues.

April 11, 2017

Regulatory Reform Underway at EPA
As a vital step of EPA’s implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” EPA’s Regulatory Reform Task Force, led by the Office of Policy, submitted a Federal Register notice today to solicit public comments on EPA regulations. “We are supporting the restoration of America’s economy through extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions from the past administration. The previous administration abused the regulatory process to advance an ideological agenda that expanded the reach of the federal government, often dismissing the technological and economic concerns raised by the regulated community and duplicating long-standing regulations by states and localities. Moving forward, EPA will be listening to those directly impacted by regulations, and learning ways we can work together with our state and local partners, to ensure that we can provide clean air, land, and water to Americans,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt.

April 6, 2017

Revised Label Language for Pesticide Products in Water Soluble Packaging to Protect Handlers
The Environmental Protection Agency has sent a letter to registrants of products with water soluble packaging (WSP) with revised instructions to be placed on the label of those products. When used properly, WSP can significantly reduce handler exposure during the mixing and loading of pesticides, qualifying it as a closed mixing/loading system under the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard. However, some unintended practices in the field are actually increasing the risks, negating the intention of the technology.

April 5, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Speaks at Ag America Conference
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt today spoke to American farmers and agriculture leaders, during the Ag America national conference in Washington, D.C.

Chlorpyrifos; Order Denying PANNA and NRDC's Petition To Revoke Tolerances
EPA denies a petition requesting that EPA revoke all tolerances for the pesticide chlorpyrifos under section 408(d) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and cancel all chlorpyrifos registrations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. The petition was filed in September 2007 by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Agriculture Community Reacts to Recent EPA Action
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt recently signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide common to U.S. agriculture.  Administrator Pruitt explained that the decision provides “regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment.”

April 2017 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • Bacillus simplex strain BU288; Exemption From the Requirement of a tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Bacillus simplex strain BU288 when used as an inert ingredient (emulsifier) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities (April 25)
  • Benzobicyclon; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes a tolerance for residues of benzobicyclon in or on rice, grain (April 25)
  • Deltamethrin; Pesticide Tolerances-- establishes tolerances for residues of deltamethrin in or on orange; citrus, dried pulp; citrus, oil (April 20)
  • Bacillus Thuringiensis (mCry51Aa2) Protein in or on Cotton; Temporary Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes a temporary exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the Bacillus thuringiensis mCry51Aa2 protein in or on the food and feed commodities of cotton; cotton undelinted seed; cotton, gin byproducts; cotton, forage; cotton,hay; cotton, hulls; cotton, meal; and cotton, refined oil, when used as a plant-incorporated protectant (PIP) in accordance with the terms of Experimental Use Permit (EUP) No. 524-108 (April 18)
  • Pyriofenone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of pyriofenone in or on the caneberry subgroup (crop subgroup 13-07A), the bushberry subgroup (crop subgroup 13-07B), the small fruit vine climbing subgroup (crop subgroup 13-07D), the low growing berry subgroup except cranberry (crop subgroup 13-07G) and cucurbit vegetables (crop group 9) (April 18)
  • Pyroxasulfone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of pyroxasulfone in or on multiple commodities (April 18)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses -- EPA has received applications to add new food uses on previously 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 May 12, 2017 (April 12)
  • Monoethanolamine; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of monoethanolamine (CAS Reg. No. 141-43-5) when used as an inert ingredient (solvent) in pesticides applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest limited to a maximum concentration of 3.35% by weight in the pesticide Formulation (April 12)
  • Acetamiprid; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemption -- establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of acetamiprid in or on sugarcane, cane and sugarcane, molasses. This action is associated with the issuance of a crisis exemption under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on sugarcane. This regulation establishes maximum permissible levels for residues of acetamiprid in or on sugarcane, cane and sugarcane, molasses. The time-limited tolerances expire on December 31, 2019 (April 10)
  • 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 (April 10)
  • Dinotefuran; Receipt of Applications for Emergency Exemptions, Solicitation of Public Comment -- EPA has received specific exemption requests from the West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture to use the insecticide dinotefuran (CAS No. 165252-70-0) to treat pome and stone fruit orchards to control the brown marmorated stinkbug (April 10)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Application for New Active Ingredient -- EPA has received an application to register a pesticide product 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 this application. Comments must be received on or before May 10, 2017 (April 10)
  • Registration Review; Biopesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment -- EPA is opening the public comment period for several registration reviews. 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, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Comments must be received on or before June 9, 2017 (April 10)
  • 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 their registrations and to amend their product registrations to terminate uses. 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 their requests. Comments must be received on or before May 10, 2017 (April 10)
  • Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations and/or Amendments To Terminate Uses -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations and/or amendments to terminate uses, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of products listed in Table 1 and 2 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (April 10)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses -- EPA has received applications to register new uses of 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 May 10, 2017 (April 10)
  • 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. 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. Comments must be received on or before October 10, 2017 (April 10)

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March 30, 2017

EPA awards nearly $1 million to Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $962,275 to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) to strengthen its capacity to protect human health and the environment. The environmental protection work done by BECQ includes inspections, cleaning up formerly contaminated areas for productive use, monitoring the safety of pesticide use, ensuring clean beaches and safe drinking water, coral reef protection, and targeted projects to clean up polluted streams.

March 29, 2017

EPA Administrator Pruitt Denies Petition to Ban Widely Used Pesticide
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide crucial to U.S. agriculture.

March 27, 2017

Candida auris – Guidance and Methods for Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing
EPA is announcing the availability of two new test methods and associated testing guidance for evaluating the effectiveness of antimicrobial pesticides against Candida auris (C. auris).

March 23, 2017

Nominations to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Open until April 21, 2017
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is currently accepting nominations for the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). A federal advisory committee, PPDC provides advice and recommendations to the EPA on issues associated with pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from the use of pesticides.

March 21, 2017

National Poison Prevention Week – EPA Urges Public to Keep All Pesticides in Original Containers to Prevent Accidental Poisoning
National Poison Prevention Week was March 19-25.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency highlights the dangers of removing pesticides and other household chemicals from their original containers and storing them in bottles or cans that can be mistaken for drink. Poison Control Centers have reported cases of accidental poisonings from ingestion of chemical substances stored in soda and juice bottles and cans, coffee cups, baby bottles and various other beverage containers.

March 17, 2017

Scientific Advisory Panel Report for Glyphosate Available
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) met December 13-16, 2016, to consider a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA's evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate. The meeting minutes and final report from the meeting are now available.

March 15, 2017

New Guidance Available for Review of Developmental Neurotoxicity Studies
EPA and Health Canada have developed new guidance for interpreting developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) data in support of a pesticide registration. This guidance will help scientists in the EPA and Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) evaluate these studies more consistently. 

March 13, 2017

EPA Extends Comment Period on Risk Management Plan Rule
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Pruitt took action today to reconsider the “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: “Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air” (“RMP Rule”) and signed an administrative stay to delay the effective date of the rule regarding chemical accident preparedness and prevention, until June 19, 2017.

Settlement with Northglenn, Colo. retailer resolves alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with Grow Depot, a Northglenn, Colo. hydroponics and organics supply store, resolving alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Based on site visits and investigation activity conducted in 2015, EPA alleges that Grow Depot sold unregistered pesticides by repackaging pesticides for public sale in containers without labels. According to a settlement finalized last week, Grow Depot has agreed to discontinue the sale of unregistered pesticides and pay a $27,500 penalty to resolve the allegations.

EPA Seeks Beta Testers for Pesticide Mobile Application for Pesticide Label Matching
Every pesticide must have labeling that is approved by EPA before it can be sold or distributed. A pesticide is misbranded under FIFRA if its labeling is false or misleading, which can lead to unsafe and ineffective use of the product. State governments generally have the authority to enforce these labeling requirements.

March 6, 2017

EPA to Host Public Meeting about the Mississippi Phosphates Corporation Site in Pascagoula, Miss.
On Mar. 9, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 will host a public meeting to update residents about the agency’s activities at the Mississippi Phosphates Corporation (MPC) Site in Pascagoula, Miss. On Feb. 11, 2017, EPA assumed temporary control of wastewater treatment operations at the former MPC fertilizer facility once the MPC Environmental Trust, which owns the property, ran out of funds. Currently, wastewater treatment is occurring at a rate of approximately 2,000,000 gallons per day.

March 2017 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • 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, 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 November 18, 2016 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 (March 23)
  • 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 (March 23)
  • Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations -- EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks (March 22)
  • Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a July 12, 2016 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations (March 22)
  • Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows an August 20, 2014 Federal Register (79 FR 49311) (FRL-9914-46) Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations (March 22)
  • Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate; Tolerance Exemption -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of polyglycerol polyricinoleate when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation (March 22)
  • Octadecanoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, homopolymer, ester with [alpha], [alpha]',[alpha]''-1,2,3-propanetriyltris[[omega]-hydroxypoly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl)]; Tolerance Exemption – establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of octadecanoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, homopolymer, ester with [alpha], [alpha]',[alpha]''-1,2,3-propanetriyltris[[omega]-hydroxypoly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl)]; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation (March 22)
  • Aspergillus flavus AF36; Amendment to an Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- amends the existing tolerance exemption for Aspergillus flavus AF36 by establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Aspergillus flavus AF36 in or on almond and fig when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices (March 22)
  • Isoamyl Acetate; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of isoamyl acetate (CAS Reg. No. 123-92-2) when used as an inert ingredient (buffering agent) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest (March 22)  
  • Fatty Acids, Montan-Wax, Ethoxylated; Tolerance Exemption -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of fatty acids, montan-wax, ethoxylated (CAS No. 68476-04-0) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation (March 22)
  • Cyantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of cyantraniliprole in or on multiple commodities (March 22)
  • Cloquintocet-mexyl; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of Cloquintocet-mexyl (acetic acid [5-chloro-8-quinolinyl) oxy]-1-methylhexyl ester) in or on teff when cloquintocet-mexyl is used as an inert ingredient (herbicide safener) in pesticide formulations containing pyroxsulam (March 22)
  • Streptomycin; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions -- establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of streptomycin in or on fruit, citrus, group 10-10, for both fresh fruit and dried pulp (March 15)
  • Oxytetracycline; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions  -- establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of oxytetracycline in or on fruit, citrus, group 10-10. This action is in response to EPA's granting of an emergency exemption under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide in citrus production. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of oxytetracycline in or on the commodities in this crop group. The time-limited tolerance expires on December 31, 2019 (March 10)
  • Flupyradifurone; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions -- establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of flupyradifurone [4-[[(6-chloro-3-pyridinyl)methyl](2,2-difluoroethyl)amino]-2(5H)-furanone] in or on sweet sorghum, forage and sorghum, syrup resulting from use of flupyradifurone in accordance with the terms of crisis exemptions issued under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This action is in response to the issuance of crisis emergency exemptions under FIFRA section 18 authorizing use of the pesticide on sweet sorghum. This regulation establishes maximum permissible levels for residues of flupyradifurone in or on sweet sorghum forage and sorghum syrup. These time-limited tolerances expire on December 31, 2019 (March 10)

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February 23, 2017

EPA Solicits Proposals for the Field Implementation Meeting Support Cooperative Agreement
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications for one or more cooperative agreements to manage a Field Implementation Meetings Support program. EPA expects to provide up to $500,000 annually, depending on the Agency’s budget, for a total of five fiscal years (2017 through 2021).

February 21, 2017

Pesticide poisoning trainings, March 6 on Kauai, March 7 on Oahu
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced upcoming trainings for health care workers on how to recognize and treat pesticide poisonings. The classes will be conducted by the Migrant Clinicians Network, with co-sponsors Hawaii Department of Health, the Hawaii Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Hawaii Emergency Physicians Associated, with funding from the EPA.

February 18, 2017

MORE…What they are saying about Administrator Pruitt
Positive comments keep rolling in for new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

February 17, 2017

Job Creators, American Energy Producers, Farmers and Elected Officials Cheer Scott Pruitt’s Ascension to EPA Administrator
American leaders and job creators all across the country today cheered as Scott Pruitt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the new EPA Administrator.

New Guidance on Environmental Control of Candida auris with Antimicrobial Pesticides
Last fall the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified drug resistant Candida auris infections in hospitals in the United States. At that time, CDC issued a clinical alert on Candida to U.S. healthcare facilities and has recently revised its recommendation to include thorough daily and after-discharge cleaning of rooms of C. auris patients using EPA-registered hospital disinfectants active against Clostridium difficile. The previous recommendation was to use a hospital disinfectant effective against fungi. CDC’s disinfection recommendations for C. auris will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

February 8, 2017

Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting - March 8-10, 2017
The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will hold its next semiannual meeting on March 8 and 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) in Crystal City, Virginia, at One Potomac Yard, Room S4370/80, and on March 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room S7100.

February 6, 2017

U.S. EPA commits Sanger, Calif., poultry processor to protect workers, local community from risk of chemical releases
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Pitman Farms, Inc., for violations of federal chemical safety and reporting requirements following three ammonia releases at its poultry processing facility located in Sanger, Calif.  Pitman Farms, which sells poultry from its Sanger facility under the brand name Mary’s Free Range Chicken, will pay a $242,980 civil penalty and perform two local environmental projects valued at nearly $200,000.

February 2017 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

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January 30, 2017

EPA Lifts Outdoor Burn Ban for Yakama Nation
On January 30, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lifted the ban on outdoor open burning on the Yakama Reservation, thanks to improving weather conditions and reduced air pollution. The burn ban had applied to all outdoor and agricultural burning—including camping and recreational fires—in all areas within external reservation boundaries regardless of ownership or tribal membership.  Ceremonial and traditional fires were exempt from the burn ban.

January 19, 2017

U.S. EPA and Customs joint operations at Southern California ports result in fines and seizure of illegal engines and pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced $217,998 in fines and more than 5,325 items seized or denied entry to the United States. These are the latest results of continued joint operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach targeting foreign-made engines, including scooters, ATVs, chainsaws and construction equipment without proper emission controls, as well as pesticides that violate federal law.

January 18, 2017

EPA Releases Final Biological Evaluations of Three Chemicals’ Impacts on Endangered Species
EPA has released its final biological evaluations (BEs) for effects of chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion on threatened and endangered species and their designated critical habitat. We have also released a separate document that addresses the comments submitted during the public comment period.

Updated List of Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides in Drinking Water Available
EPA has updated its list of human health benchmarks for pesticides (HHBP) in drinking water. A total of 394 HHBPs are now available for pesticides that are currently registered for use on food crops or other use that could result in exposure through food or drinking water. EPA develops these benchmarks as screening levels for use by states and water systems in determining whether the detection of a pesticide in drinking water or a drinking water source may indicate a potential health risk.

January 13, 2017

EPA Declares Outdoor Burn Ban for Yakama Nation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is declaring a ban on all outdoor open burning on the Yakama Reservation due to stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution, effective noon, January 13, 2017 through Wednesday January 18, 2017 unless extended.

For the First Time in 40 Years EPA to Put in Place a Process to Evaluate Chemicals that May Pose Risk
New chemical law requires the agency to look at chemicals that were grandfathered in under old law. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving swiftly to propose how it will prioritize and evaluate chemicals, given that the final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017.

January 12, 2017

EPA Amends Registration for Enlist Duo Herbicide to Add GE Cotton and Additional States
Enlist Duo, a formula containing the choline salt of 2,4-D and glyphosate for use in controlling weeds in genetically engineered (GE) crops, was first registered in 2014 for use in GE corn and soybean crops. EPA is amending the registration to include GE cotton and expand the use to an additional 19 states for GE corn, soybean, and cotton and re-affirming our original decision before the remand.

EPA Releases Four Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments for Public Comment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid, which we published in January 2016. The updated imidacloprid assessment looks at potential risks to aquatic species, and identifies some risks for aquatic insects. 

Now Available – Final Test Guidelines for Ecological Effects
EPA’s final test guidelines for ecological effects are now available. The test guidelines, “Guidelines for Aquatic and Sediment-Dwelling Fauna, Aquatic Microcosm and Field Testing,” are part of a series of test guidelines established by the EPA for use in testing pesticides and other chemical substances.

EPA Finalizes Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides
EPA’s is releasing a final policy which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees from pesticides.  Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited under certain conditions when bees are most likely to be present.  While the restrictions focus on managed bees, EPA believes that these measures will also protect native bees and other pollinators that are in and around treatment areas.  New label language will protect managed bees under contract to provide crop pollination services. 

January 11, 2017

EPA Awards Nearly $4 Million to Reduce Diesel Emissions in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $3,579,013 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding to reduce emissions from the most polluting diesel sources in impacted communities in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. DERA funding was awarded to public and private partners from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to retrofit and replace old, polluting diesel vehicles and equipment, including school buses, trucks, agriculture and port equipment, and generators.

January 4, 2017

EPA Finalizes Human Health Risk Assessment for Pesticide Used on Pets
EPA has finalized the human health risk assessment of tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP). TCVP is an organophosphate insecticide used to control fleas, ticks, and other pests on and around pets and livestock. It is used in residential products like pet collars.

Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators
EPA is updating the existing regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) in response to public comments received on the proposal and based on extensive stakeholder review of the existing regulation and its implementation since 1974. The final revised regulation will ensure Federal certification program standards adequately protect applicators, the public, and the environment from risks associated with use of RUPs.

January 2017 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • Acequinocyl; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of acequinocyl in or on multiple commodities (January 18)
  • Tetraconazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of tetraconazole in or on vegetable, fruiting (Crop Group 8-10) at 0.30 parts per million (ppm) and vegetable, cucurbit (Crop Group 9) at 0.15 ppm and revises the tolerance for residues on beet, sugar, root; beet, sugar, dried pulp; and beet, sugar molasses (January 10)
  • Butanedioic Acid, 2-Methylene-, Telomer With Sodium Phosphinate (1:1), Acidified, Potassium Salts; Tolerance Exemption -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of butanedioic acid, 2-methylene-, telomer with sodium phosphinate (1:1), acidified, potassium salts when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation (January 10)
  • Propiconazole; Extension of Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions -- extends a time-limited tolerance for combined residues of the fungicide propiconazole and its metabolites in or on avocado at 10 parts per million (ppm) for an additional 3-year period. This tolerance will expire and is revoked on December 31, 2019 (January 5)
  • Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators -- EPA is updating the existing regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) in response to public comments received on the proposal and based on extensive stakeholder review of the existing regulation and its implementation since 1974. The final revised regulation will ensure Federal certification program standards adequately protect applicators, the public, and the environment from risks associated with use of RUPs (January 4)
  • Paraquat Dichloride Human Health Mitigation Decision; Notice of Availability -- announces the availability of EPA's human health mitigation decision for the pesticide paraquat dichloride, case 0262. 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 causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment (January 3)
  • Pesticide Product Registrations; 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 February 2, 2017 (January 3)
  • 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. Comments must be received on or before February 2, 2017 (January 3)

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December 20, 2016

EPA Prohibits 72 Inert Ingredients from Use in Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of ingredients approved for use in pesticide products.

Clostridium difficile – Guidance and Methods for Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing
EPA is announcing the availability for public comment of two proposed test methods and associated testing guidance for evaluating the effectiveness of antimicrobial pesticides against Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Comments will be accepted until February 20, 2017.

EPA Releases Guidance on a Voluntary Pilot Program to Reduce Animal Testing
EPA is announcing the start of a voluntary pilot program to evaluate the usefulness and acceptability of a mathematical tool that estimates the toxicological classification of a chemical, which is used in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and which is referred to as the GHS Mixtures Equation. This mathematical tool can be used as an alternative to acute animal oral and inhalation toxicity studies for pesticide formulations. EPA is now providing guidance on how pesticide companies can voluntarily submit data for the GHS Mixtures Equation Pilot Program.

December 15, 2016

EPA Takes Action to Prevent Poisonings from Herbicide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing safety measures to stop poisonings caused by ingestion of the herbicide paraquat, which can also cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure.

EPA files complaint against Syngenta for farmworker safety violations on Kauai
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed a complaint alleging that Syngenta Seeds, LLC violated numerous federal pesticide regulations meant to protect agricultural workers at its crop research farm in Kekaha, Kauai. EPA is seeking civil penalties of over $4.8 million for the violations.

December 12, 2016

EPA Finalizes Stronger Standards for Workers Who Apply Riskiest Pesticides
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing standards for applicators who apply restricted use pesticides that are not available for purchase by the general public, and require special handling.

December 9, 2016

Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizer Production Risk and Technology Review
This action proposes amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizer Production source categories. The proposed amendments are in response to two petitions for reconsideration filed by industry stakeholders on the rule revisions to NESHAP for the Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizer Production source categories that were promulgated on August 19, 2015.

December 8, 2016

EPA’s National Assessment Finds Nutrient Pollution is Widespread in Lakes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the results of a national assessment showing that nutrient pollution is widespread in the nation’s lakes, with 4 in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus.

EPA Highlights Importance of Updated Standards to Protect the Health of Puerto Rican Farmworkers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck and Carmen Guerrero Pérez, the Director of the EPA’s Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, met with farmworkers, health specialists, rural extension officers, members of the agricultural sector, and professors and students from the University of Puerto Rico in Utuado at a meeting on Tuesday, November 29, to discuss stronger protections for farmworkers and pesticide handlers required by the recently updated Worker Protection Standard. EPA released new federal regulations in September 2015, which will go into effect in January 2017. 

December 7, 2016

EPA Places Restrictions on Pesticide Use to Protect Four Endangered and Threatened Species
EPA is placing geographically specific pesticide use restrictions on the use of eight gas cartridge products containing sodium and potassium nitrate, carbon and carbon dioxide, and sulfur to protect four endangered and threatened (listed) species in certain areas of the United States. These include the gopher tortoise, Hualapai Mexican vole, Mount Graham red squirrel, and Utah prairie dog. Gas cartridge products are used to control burrowing mammals.

EPA Clarifies Placement of Required First Aid Statements on Pesticide Product Labels
EPA is clarifying where first aid statements must be placed on pesticide product labels. First aid statements provide important information concerning appropriate first aid in the event of accidental exposure to a pesticide.

December 1, 2016

Draft Risk Assessments Now Open for Comment
EPA has released draft risk assessments for a number of pesticides, as part of the pesticide registration review process. The public comment period for the following draft risk assessments, is now open. The comment period will close January 30, 2017.

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November 29, 2016

New EPA Guidance for Testing Pesticides Will Reduce Animal Testing
EPA is issuing guidance for requesting waivers of acute dermal toxicity testing requirements for pesticide formulations, which will lead to fewer animal tests for acute dermal toxicity for pesticides. Last March, EPA released a "Draft Retrospective Analysis for Waiving Acute Dermal Toxicity Tests for Pesticide Formulations," which included guidance for pesticide manufacturers to request waivers of acute dermal toxicity studies for formulations.

November 28, 2016

Guidance on Criteria for Extension of Exclusive Data Use and Minor Use Designation
EPA has added a document to our website to assist registrants with applying for an extension of the exclusive data use period. This guidance is intended to help pesticide registrants or applicants for registration by clarifying the criteria for a minor use to qualify for the extension. The guidance answers questions that a registrant may have during the application process.

November 23, 2016

EPA Finalizes Increase in Renewable Fuel Volumes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, today’s action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for biomass-based diesel for 2018.
 

November 18, 2016

EPA Extends Comment Period for Malathion Assessment
EPA is extending the public comment period for the draft malathion human health risk assessment.  The availability of the draft assessment for this organophosphate pesticide was originally announced on September 15, 2016.  The comment period will now close on December 21, 2016.
 

November 15, 2016

Scientific Advisory Panel to Meet on Cancer Potential of Glyphosate (rescheduled meeting) – Dec. 13-16
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will meet December 13-16, 2016, to consider and review a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA's evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate. This is the meeting that was rescheduled from October 18-21, 2016.

November 10, 2016  

Updated Human Health Risk Analyses for Chlorpyrifos
EPA has revised the human health hazard assessment and drinking water exposure assessment for chlorpyrifos that supported our October 2015 proposal to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos. EPA has further analyzed watershed data from across the United States and characterized dietary exposure risk from drinking water residues in order to better understand the risk of chlorpyrifos exposure. EPA will make a final decision by March 31, 2017.

November 9, 2016  

EPA Registers Dicamba Formulation for Use on Dicamba Tolerant Crops
EPA is registering a dicamba formulation, Xtendimax™ with Vapor Grip™ Technology, which is specifically designed to have lower volatility, to control weeds in cotton and soybean crops genetically engineered to tolerate dicamba.

Rebroadcast of Public Symposium on Regulation of Plant-Incorporated Protectants – Register for November 18, 2016, Webinar
In September 2016, EPA held a public symposium on data that support registration of plant incorporated protectants (PIPs). The information from that symposium will be rebroadcast as a webinar on Thursday, November 18, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November 8, 2016  

Two Florida Men Sentenced to Over Ten Years in Prison for Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, were sentenced to 121 months and 135 months in prison, respectively, for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel credits and fraudulently claiming tax credits, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III of the Middle District of Florida.

November 3, 2016   

EPA Grant of More Than $277,000 Will Aid Arkansas State Plant Board Pesticide Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB) $277,359 for implementing pesticide programs. The ASPB, part of the Arkansas Agriculture Department, has authority from EPA to regulate pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

November 1, 2016  

EPA Re-affirms Decision on Enlist Duo for GE Crops and Proposes to Amend the Registration
Enlist Duo containing the choline salt of 2,4-D and glyphosate was first registered in 2014 for use in Genetically Engineered (GE) corn and soybean crops in certain states.  After granting the registration, the agency discovered that the registrant had made claims of synergy between the ingredients in the herbicide’s formula that had not been shared with EPA at the time of registration. We requested and received a court-ordered remand in January 2016, and then requested and received additional synergy data from the registrant

Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit for Point Source Discharges From the Application of Pesticides; Reissuance Exit
This notice announces issuance by all ten Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions of the final 2016 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) pesticide general permit (PGP)--the “2016 PGP.'' The 2016 PGP, which has an effective date of October 31, 2016, replaces the existing permit (“2011 PGP'') that expires at midnight on October 31, 2016, and authorizes certain point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States in accordance with the terms and conditions described therein.

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October 31, 2016

EPA Grant of More Than $215,000 Will Aid Oklahoma’s Pesticide Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry a grant of $216,922 for implementing pesticide programs. The department has authority from EPA to regulate pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

Register for November 15 Webinar on Developing a Comprehensive School IPM Plan
On Tuesday, November 15, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will offer a webinar titled Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan – Learn How to Develop a Comprehensive IPM Program. Like people, pests need food, water, and shelter to survive. Removing these elements, using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, will help control existing pest infestations and reduce future invasions.

EPA grant will aid Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council’s pesticide outreach
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council $46,887 to support pesticide programs. The council provides technical assistance on environmental issues to tribes and pueblos in New Mexico. The funds will go to the council’s pesticide program to support research, development, monitoring, education, outreach, training, demonstrations and studies.

October 28, 2016

Two Puerto Rico Pesticides Applicators Resolve Violations Involving Illegal Use of Methyl Bromide Pesticides in Puerto Rico
The EPA has finalized legal settlements with two individuals, Miguel A. Merced Rivera and Reinaldo San Miguel, both certified pesticide applicators, and their respective pesticide application companies, Merced Exterminating Service, Corp. and Comejen Exterminating Corp., all of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The settlements resolve violations of the Clean Air Act and federal pesticides law (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act), involving illegal applications of pesticides containing methyl bromide.

October 27, 2016

Updated Version of Pesticide Label Review Manual Chapter 1 Now Available
EPA has updated the Pesticide Label Review Manual (LRM)’s Chapter 1. This manual began as a guide for EPA label reviewers, and now it serves as a tool to assist EPA’s stakeholders in understanding the pesticide labeling process. The LRM is also useful in understanding approaches for how labels should generally be drafted.

October 26, 2016

EPA Region 7 Awards Environmental Education Grants Focusing on Wetlands and Sustainable Food Production
EPA Region 7 awarded three Environmental Education grants recently totaling more than $370,000, in conjunction with EPA’s Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education in Washington, D.C. The grants were awarded to the Board of Regents, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.; National Audubon Society d/b/a Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, Neb.; and Eastern Iowa Community College District, Davenport, Iowa.

October 25, 2016

EPA Awards Environmental Education Grants to Oxbow Farm, Green River College, and Corvallis Environmental Center
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded environmental education grants to Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center in Carnation, Washington, Green River College in Auburn, Washington, and the Corvallis Environmental Center in Corvallis, Oregon. The grant funds will be used to provide kindergarteners with hands-on learning about growing and eating healthy food, help train college students in watershed outreach and restoration, and support energy and water science curriculum for middle school students.

October 19, 2016

EPA Extends Public Comment Period on Cleanup Plan for the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Jacksonville, Fla.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Jacksonville, Florida. Written comments are due to be postmarked to EPA no later than midnight, Friday, November 11, 2016. Beginning in 1893, the Site was used to formulate, blend, package and distribute fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides by several companies, including Kerr-McGee.

October 17, 2016

EPA Protects Children from Pesticide Exposure at Pueblo of Acoma School
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined a New Mexico company for improperly applying pesticides at the Sky City School in the Pueblo of Acoma. B&Y Pest Control had been contracted to address a prairie dog infestation at the school in June 2015. An EPA inspector found the company failed to use tamper-resistant bait stations to minimize exposure to children, pets and non-target pests, and used a restricted-use pesticide on tribal lands without a federal license, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

October 14, 2016

EPA Issues Sulfoxaflor Registration for Some Uses
Following the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate the registration of sulfoxaflor, EPA has reevaluated the data supporting the use of sulfoxaflor and is approving a registration that meets all requirements of the court. Sulfoxaflor will now have fewer uses and additional requirements that will protect bees.

Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting on Glyphosate Postponed
EPA is postponing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting scheduled for October 18-21, 2016 due to recent changes in the availability of experts for the peer review panel. The SAP meeting on glyphosate is being postponed to later in 2016.

October 13, 2016

EPA Reaches Settlement with Agri Star Meat & Poultry, LLC, of Postville, Iowa, for Industrial Stormwater Violations
EPA Region 7 has reached an administrative settlement with Agri Star Meat & Poultry, LLC, of Postville, Iowa, to resolve industrial stormwater violations under the Clean Water Act. Under the settlement, Agri Star must comply with its industrial stormwater permit and pay a penalty of $43,000.

EPA Reaches Settlement with Albaugh, LLC, for Pesticide Violations in St. Joseph, Mo.
EPA Region 7 recently reached a settlement with Albaugh, LLC, concerning alleged Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) violations for misbranded pesticides. As part of the settlement, Albaugh has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $112,684 to the United States.

Deadline Extended: EPA Solicits Proposals for a Cooperative Agreement for Pesticide Applicator Education and Training
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications  from eligible recipients to provide financial assistance in carrying out pesticide applicator education and training activities. The deadline for applications has been extended from October 31 to December 21, 2016.

October 11, 2016

Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee Teleconference -- October 27th, 2016Exit
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a teleconference meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The FRRCC is a policy-oriented committee that provides 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.

October 6, 2016

EPA settles with Pace International, LLC, over Clean Air Act violations on the Yakama Indian Reservation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement in a case against Pace International LLC, (Pace) of Wapato, WA, for federal Clean Air Act violations that occurred within the Yakama Indian Reservation. According to the Company, Pace manufactures post-harvest fruit coatings such as vegetable waxes like carnauba, animal based waxes like shellac or mineral and synthetic waxes, which are used to protect fruit and vegetables for their farm to table journey. During the process of formulating these coatings, Volatile Organic Compounds are released to the atmosphere. VOCs are harmful if inhaled and can contribute to causing ground level ozone, another harmful air pollutant.

October 5, 2016

EPA Secures $165 Million Agreement with Occidental Chemical to Conduct the Work Needed to Start the Cleanup of the Lower Eight Miles of the Passaic River
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a legal agreement with Occidental Chemical Corporation, one of more than 100 parties identified as potentially responsible for contamination of the lower Passaic River, to perform engineering and design work needed to begin the cleanup of the lower 8.3 miles of the lower Passaic River.

EPA Offers Assistance to Help Rural Communities Revitalize Downtowns
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today invited rural communities to apply for planning assistance to develop strategies that help grow the economy and revitalize downtown neighborhoods. EPA is offering this assistance as part of Rural Advantage, a suite of federal economic development planning assistance programs for rural communities.

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting -- November 2-3 Exit
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on November 2-3, 2016.

October 4, 2016

Two Proposed Test Methods and Guidance for Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing
EPA is announcing the availability for public comment of two proposed test methods and associated testing guidance for evaluating antimicrobial pesticides against two biofilm bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.

U.S. Files Complaint, Announces Settlement to Address Alleged Renewable Fuel Standard Violations by NGL Crude Logistics and Western Dubuque Biodiesel
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced the filing of a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics, LLC and Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC and a settlement with Western Dubuque to address alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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September 30, 2016

EPA Guidance on How to Comply with the Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides
EPA in conjunction with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) Exit is making available a guide to help users of agricultural pesticides comply with the requirements of the 2015 revised federal Worker Protection Standard.

SmartLabel Pilot Enters Phase 3 Testing
EPA has initiated the third phase of the SmartLabel Pilot, an initiative to develop an electronic submission, storage, and query system for pesticide labels, including label content and product use pattern information.

September 28, 2016

EPA Finalizes $15 Million Additional Cleanup at former Pesticides Plant in Vineland, N.J.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized modifications to its plan to clean up contaminated exposed sediment in the Blackwater Branch floodplain at the Vineland Chemical Company Superfund site in Vineland, N.J. As a result of previous operations by the chemical company at the site, the groundwater, soil and sediment are contaminated with arsenic.

Comment Period for Sulfonylurea Herbicides Extended
EPA has re-opened the comment period on the proposed interim decision for 22 sulfonylurea herbicides. The comment period will be open until November 14, 2016.

September 27, 2016

EPA Solicits Proposals for a Cooperative Agreement for Pesticide Applicator Education and Training
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications from eligible recipients to assist in carrying out pesticide applicator education and training activities. This work supports implementation of EPA’s Certification and Training Rule, which aims to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among handlers, applicators, bystanders and the public.

September 26, 2016

EPA Takes Action to Stop Manure and Wastewater from Entering the Rio Culebrinas in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a legal order directing the Vaquería La Josefina Dairy Farm to stop wastewater from flowing from a manure storage lagoon on the farm into a nearby creek that is a tributary of the Río Culebrinas. A recent investigation by the EPA revealed that the company had violated the Clean Water Act, when it discharged wastewater from its facilities. The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority operates two drinking water intakes downstream from the Vaquería La Josefina Dairy Farm.

September 22, 2016

U.S. EPA requires San Joaquin Valley ag company to safely manage pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Mid Valley Agricultural Services, Inc., over misbranded and improperly stored agricultural pesticides. The chemical and fertilizer retailer has agreed to pay $76,240 in civil penalties and is now in compliance with the law.

September 21, 2016

EPA Grants Extension of Experimental Use Permit for ‘Wolbachia Mosquito’
EPA has approved and expanded an existing experimental use permit (EUP) for Wolbachia pipientis-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Wolbachia are naturally occurring bacteria commonly found in most insect species, but not in the Aedes aegypti.

EPA Proposed Plan Meeting Scheduled for the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Jacksonville, Fla. - Public meeting Sep. 28 6:00 to 8 pm 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8 pm to review the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Jacksonville, Fla. Beginning in 1893, the Site was used to formulate, blend, package and distribute fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides by several companies, including Kerr-McGee.

September 20, 2016

Two Greenwich, Conn. Students Gain White House Recognition for Environmental Project
Two students from Greenwich, Conn., were recognized recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality for their outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship. Two seniors at the Covenant of the Sacred Heart School, won the award for their Plant Phenoms project, which tackled the environmental concern of traditional fertilizers contributing to water pollution and developed an eco-friendly plant food called Nutrasafe.

September 16, 2016

EPA Settles with Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC for alleged Multi-Regional Violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a multi-region settlement with Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC (Syngenta) in Greensboro, N.C., for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Syngenta will pay $766,508 in civil penalties and spend $436,990 to perform a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP).

Scientific Advisory Panel to Meet on Cancer Potential of Glyphosate
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will meet October 18-21, 2016, to consider and review a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA's evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate. 

EPA Announces Over $4.6 Million in Grants for Coastal Watersheds in Southeast New England 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $4,637,000 for eight grants focused on coastal watershed efforts in southeast Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The projects selected for grant funding are intended to identify, test, and promote effective new regional approaches in critical areas such as water monitoring, watershed planning, nutrient and/or septic management, and resilience to climate change.

September 15, 2016

EPA Draft Malathion Human Health Assessment Available
EPA is making the draft malathion human health risk assessment available. For this draft risk assessment, EPA considered exposures from all sources, including food, drinking water, and insect sprays.  In addition, EPA considered all populations including infants, children, and women of child-bearing age.

September 14, 2016

EPA awards $2.7 million to American Samoa for environmental protection
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a grant of over $2.7 million to American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency for its environmental protection programs. The programs include educating farmers on proper pesticide application techniques, and eliminate illegal importation and use of unregistered/foreign pesticides.

September 12, 2016

EPA Finalizes $8.7 Million Cleanup Plan for Contaminated Soil in Vineland, N.J. near Former Pesticides Manufacturing Facility
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized an $8.7 million plan to clean up contaminated soil at approximately 57 residences that are impacted by the Former Kil-Tone Company site in Vineland, N.J. Pesticides were manufactured at the now defunct Kil-Tone Company facility, and soil at the site, including soil in the yards of nearby homes, is contaminated with arsenic and lead.

September 7, 2016

EPA adds Columbia Falls Aluminum Company site to Superfund list
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will add the Anaconda Aluminum Company’s Columbia Falls Reduction Plant site, also known as the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company (CFAC) site, in Columbia Falls, Montana, to the National Priorities List (NPL) on September 9, 2016. The CFAC plant created significant quantities of spent potliner material, a federally listed hazardous waste, as a byproduct of the aluminum smelting process. Other contaminants of potential concern at the site include various metals, organic compounds, hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyl compounds, and pesticides. 

September 2, 2016

New EPA Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products to Combat Emerging Viral Pathogens
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised the emerging viral pathogens guidance for the claims that can be made for EPA-registered disinfectant products intended to combat emerging viral pathogens. This document provides general guidance that can be used to identify effective disinfectant products for use against emerging viral pathogens and to permit registrants to make limited claims of their product's efficacy against such pathogens.

September 1, 2016

EPA Kicks Off Fifth Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched its fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a competition for college and university students to design innovative solutions for our nation’s water infrastructure. Using their campuses as labs, teams develop green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Since 2012, more than 420 student teams have participated in the challenge.

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August 25, 2016

EPA and Partners Emphasize Children’s Environmental Health at Annual Conference
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and the Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health brought together healthcare workers, environmental experts and community leaders from the U.S. and Mexico for this year’s Children’s Environmental Health Symposium. The event, also sponsored by EPA’s US-Mexico Border program, the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission and the “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” White House initiative, highlighted health challenges for children living in the border area.

August 24, 2016

EPA Settlement with Central Missouri AGRIService to Address Clean Water Act Violations at Construction Site in Marshall, Mo.
EPA Region 7 has reached a proposed settlement with Central Missouri AGRIService, LLC, concerning alleged Clean Water Act violations associated with construction of a railroad loop track and grain loading facility in Marshall, Mo. As part of the settlement, Central Missouri AGRIService has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $166,914 to the United States.

Public Symposium on Regulation of Plant-Incorporated Protectants – September 29th from 9 am to 5 pm
EPA’s Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division will hold a public symposium on Thursday, September 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the data that support the registration of plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs).

Obama Administration to Help Appalachian Communities Revitalize Downtowns through Broadband Service
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the selection of 10 communities in six states that will participate in the Cool & Connected planning assistance program, an innovative initiative to help people use broadband service for downtown revitalization and economic development.

EPA awards over $2.4 million to Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $2.4 million to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) for its environmental programs to protect human health and the environment.

August 23, 2016

Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting – October 4-5, 2016
The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will meet on October 4-5, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time in Pauma Valley, California. Tentative agenda topics include a discussion on the status of pesticides in Indian country; updates on regional tribal activities; and discussions on other topics.

August 18, 2016

Puerto Rico Pesticides Distributors Agree To Come into Compliance with Federal Law and Provide Training To Settle Case Involving Illegal Sale of Methyl Bromide Pesticides In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, two pesticide distributors, Superior-Angran LLC and Superior Angran Caribbean Inc. of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, will come into compliance with the Clean Air Act and federal pesticides law.

EPA Highlights Importance of Updated Standards to Protect the Health of New York Farmworkers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Peter Ten Eyck, President of Indian Ladder Farms to discuss stronger protections for farmworkers and pesticide handlers required by the recently updated Worker Protection Standard.

August 16, 2016

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation. The final phase two standards were called for by President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and respond to the President’s directive in early 2014 to develop new standards that run into the next decade.

August 12, 2016

Court Approves Settlement, Bayer CropScience to Enhance Safeguards at Chemical Facilities for Violations at W.Va. Plant
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia approved the settlement that requires Bayer CropScience LP to pay $5.6 million for a penalty and safety improvements to resolve violations of federal chemical accident prevention laws, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.  The violations occurred at Bayer’s facility in Institute, W. Va., where a 2008 explosion killed two people.

August 11, 2016

EPA Urges the Public to Comment on Proposal to Remove Jackson Steel Property in Mineola, N.Y. from Superfund List
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed deleting the Jackson Steel Superfund site in Mineola, N.Y. from the federal Superfund list of most hazardous waste sites. A cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pesticides and metals has been completed and the site no longer poses a threat to public health and the environment.

August 9, 2016

EPA Awards $750,000 for air monitoring project on Hawaii Island
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $750,000 grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, Mass. to develop a volcanic smog network of low cost air pollution sensors on Hawaii Island, Hawaii. MIT will create the Hawaii Island Volcanic Smog Sensor Network to track air quality changes caused by the emissions from the Kilauea volcano that impact health and agricultural crops.

August 8, 2016

EPA awards over $3 million to Guam for environmental protection
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding over $3 million to Guam for work to protect human health and the environment. The funding will enable the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) to continue a host of ongoing environmental programs including improving pesticide management to educate farmers on proper application techniques and eliminate illegal importation and use of unregistered pesticides.

August 2, 2016

EPA Report Tracks our Changing Climate
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a report that shows compelling and clear evidence of long-term changes to our climate, and highlights impacts on human health and the environment in the United States and around the world. The report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States, features observed trend data on 37 climate indicators, including U.S and global temperatures, ocean acidity, sea level, river flooding, droughts and wildfires.

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July 28, 2016

Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Discharges From Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in New Mexico
The Director of the Water Quality Division, EPA Region 6, provides notice of reissuance of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit No. NMG010000 for existing and new dischargers in New Mexico, under the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Point Source Category and producing Horses, Dairy Cows, and Cattle other than Veal Calves, except those discharges on Indian Country.

July 27, 2016

EPA Highlights Importance of Updated Standards to Protect the Health of New Jersey Farmworkers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Denny Doyle from Atlantic Blueberry Company; Assistant Commissioner of Compliance and Enforcement Ray Bukowski from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection; and NJ Farm Loan Manager Ellen Schmidt from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to discuss stronger protections for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers required by the recently updated Worker Protection Standard. EPA finalized new federal regulations in September 2015, which will go into effect in January 2017.

July 26, 2016

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting – Meetings will be held October 18-21
There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA's evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate, a non-selective, phosphonomethyl amino acid herbicide registered to control weeds in various agricultural and non-agricultural settings.

July 22, 2016

EPA Proposes Expanded Cleanup for Old Pesticide Plant in Vineland, N.J. – Public Meeting Aug. 8
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed modifications to its plan to clean up contaminated exposed sediments in the Maurice River and Blackwater Branch at the Vineland Chemical Company Superfund site in Vineland, N.J. As a result of previous operations by the chemical company at the site, the groundwater, soil and sediment are contaminated with arsenic.

July 21, 2016

Virginia Dairy Settles With EPA on Alleged Environmental Violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Sunshine Pride Dairy, Inc. will pay a $179,074 penalty to settle alleged federal environmental violations at its former cheese processing facility in Winchester, Va.  The dairy shut down cheese processing operations in December 2011, but left anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous substance, stored in its refrigeration system with only a skeleton maintenance crew at the facility.

July 20, 2016

Updated Work Plan for United States – Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council
The updated Work Plan for the US – Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) is now available online. Established in 2011, the RCC is a regulatory partnership between the US and Canadian governments that is focused in 4 key sectors: agriculture & food, health & consumer products, transport, and the environment. EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) coordinate pesticide activities on the RCC Work Plan to promote economic growth, job creation, and benefits to consumers and businesses through increased regulatory transparency and coordination.

July 18, 2016

EPA Issues Stop-Sale Order to PuriCore, Inc. To Protect Public from Unregistered Pesticide in Supermarkets
PuriCore Inc. of Malvern, Pa. has paid a $550,000 penalty for the unauthorized distribution of two pesticide products that were used in supermarkets nationwide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

EPA, Goodrum Farm CR314, LLC Reach Settlement on Clean Water Act Violations
EPA Region 7 has reached a proposed administrative settlement with Goodrum Farm CR314, LLC, in Butler County, Mo., to resolve violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $15,000.

July 13, 2016

EPA Proposes Soil Cleanup Plan in Vineland, N.J. at Former Pesticides Manufacturing Facility – Public meeting August 2nd at 7pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil at approximately 57 residences that are impacted by the former Kil-Tone Company site in Vineland, N.J. Pesticides were manufactured at the now defunct Kil-Tone Company facility, and groundwater and soil at the site, including soil in the yards of nearby homes, are contaminated with arsenic and lead.

July 6, 2016

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency Urge Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to Consider Aerial Spraying as Part of Integrated Mosquito Control to Reduce Zika-Associated Birth Defects
Acting on data from multiple scientific studies in Puerto Rico that show that Zika is spreading rapidly and is a major risk to pregnant women and their fetuses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend the people and the government of Puerto Rico consider implementing aerial spraying as part of an integrated mosquito control program.

July 1, 2016

U.S. EPA Proposes Greater Protection from Selenium in San Francisco Bay and Delta
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a federal Clean Water Act rule to tighten the current selenium water quality criteria for the waters of San Francisco Bay and Delta. The proposed change would better protect aquatic species, including salmon, smelt, and diving ducks, that are dependent on the Bay and Delta ecosystem, from harmful exposure to elevated levels of selenium.

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June 30, 2016

Plant-Incorporated Protectants: Proposed Modification of Registration Procedures for Plant-Incorporated Protectants in Breeding Line Intermediates; Notice of Availability
EPA is making available for comment a White Paper describing how the Agency is proposing to modify its current approach to plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) in breeding line intermediates (BLIs) under Section 3, Registration of Pesticides, of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). A PIP is a type of pesticide intended to be produced and used in a living plant, or the produce thereof. A BLI is an intermediate used in plant breeding to bring together, or “stack,” two or more PIPs that have each been individually engineered into different lines of a seed propagated plant. These proposed changes are intended to bring efficiencies to the Agency's approach to PIPs in BLIs while not reducing EPA's ability to ensure that PIPs in BLIs meet the requirements of FIFRA.

June 28, 2016

EPA settles with Nevada companies for selling unregistered, misbranded pesticide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that two companies based in Sparks, Nev., WellPlant, Inc. and its affiliate GST International, Inc., have agreed to pay a $12,000 penalty to resolve allegations that the companies distributed and sold to consumers an unregistered and misbranded pesticide, “Mold Manager,” throughout the United States.

June 24, 2016

EPA Settlement with Owner of Fertilizer Plant in Culbertson, Neb., to Resolve Risk Management Program Issues
The owner of an agricultural fertilizer plant in southwest Nebraska has agreed to comply with federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to its storage and use of large quantities of anhydrous ammonia.

June 23, 2016

EPA Helps Restore Santa Clara Creek
The Santa Clara Pueblo of New Mexico is implementing a non-point source pollution program to restore the Santa Clara Creek water shed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $99,344 to the Pueblo to construct 300 rock barrier dams and install flow modification structures to reduce sediment and nutrient loading into the creek.

June 22, 2016

U.S. EPA Fines Fresno Pesticide Distributor for Failure to Properly Label High-Risk Pesticide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Snowden Enterprises, Inc., over the distribution of a misbranded restricted use pesticide. The firm, located in Fresno, Calif., has agreed to pay $34,320 in civil penalties, and has corrected all the identified compliance issues.

June 21, 2016

Antimicrobial Data Requirements Training Videos, 40 CFR Part 158W
EPA is releasing five training videos providing guidance on EPA’s 40 CFR Part 158W data requirements for antimicrobial pesticides. EPA is offering these training videos to help the public and the pesticide industry better understand the pesticide registration process and to make the process more efficient and transparent.

June 17, 2016

EPA Releases Final Phosphorus Limits for Vermont Segments of Lake Champlain
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing the final Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the twelve Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. Too much phosphorus pollution is reaching Lake Champlain primarily from the streams and rivers draining into it. The primary concern is polluted runoff – rainwater or snowmelt that drains off of parking lots, roads and streets, logging roads, farm fields and croplands, and lawns. The runoff carries pollutants – sediment, nutrients such as phosphorus that are naturally present in soils, pet and animal wastes, fertilizers, and other pollutants – and deposits these pollutants into streams and rivers or directly into Lake Champlain. Long-term trends since 1990 indicate that phosphorus concentrations in several segments continue to increase.

Evaluations of Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts Show Progress and Remaining Challenges in Reducing Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sediment Pollution
EPA released its evaluations of restoration efforts by the six Bay states and the District of Columbia in 2014 and 2015, as part of the blueprint to restore the Chesapeake Bay.  These two-year milestone evaluations, which look at short-term commitments and actions, assess progress toward restoration goals under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (Bay TMDL) accountability framework.

June 16, 2016

EPA: $1 Million Available for Tribes to Clean Up Diesel Engines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the availability of $1 million in grant funding for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects. Under this grant competition, applicants may request up to $800,000 in federal funding.

June 15, 2016

Updated Method for Establishing Economic Minor Use Available for Comment
EPA has issued a draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) that proposes to clarify and update criteria by which EPA classifies crops as “minor use.”  FIFRA 2(ll)(2) defines a minor use as one that does not provide “sufficient economic incentive.”

June 14, 2016

Scheduled Website Maintenance Will Impact Pesticide Submission Portal July 4th Weekend
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Central Data Exchange Network (CDX) will be offline the evening of Friday, July 1, through 6:00 AM Tuesday, July 5, 2016, as a result of scheduled maintenance. While CDX is offline for maintenance, applicants will be unable to create or electronically submit applications through EPA’s Pesticide Submission Portal. The portal will be available after 6:00 AM on Tuesday, July 5.

June 13, 2016

EPA Honors Winners of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. Dow AgroSciences, LLC of Indianapolis, Ind. is being recognized for developing and commercializing Instinct®, an additive that reduces fertilizer nitrate leaching ground and surface waters. It also reduces atmospheric nitrous oxide emissions.

Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides; 5th Interagency Workshop on Joint Interim Approaches to NAS Recommendations – June 29 and 30, 2016
On June 29 and 30, 2016, EPA and its federal partners, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, will hold a two-day workshop. This workshop will offer a forum for stakeholder suggestions for refining some of the interim scientific methods used in the recently released draft Biological Evaluations (BEs) for three pilot chemicals: chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion. These BEs are the first nationwide endangered species risk assessments.

June 10, 2016

Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting – June 21 and 22, 2016
The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will meet on June 21-22, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., (Mountain Standard Time) in Flagstaff, Arizona. Tentative agenda topics include a presentation on the Navajo Nation Pesticide Program and updates on regional tribal activities.

June 7, 2016

Draft Guidance on Managing Pesticide Resistance
EPA has made available for a 60-day comment period two draft Pesticide Registration Notices (PR Notices) that are aimed at combating pesticide resistance. The first PR Notice (PR Notice 2016-X) is titled "Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Pesticide Resistance Management Labeling" and the second PR Notice (PR Notice 2016-XX) is titled "Draft Guidance for Herbicide Resistance Management Labeling, Education, Training, and Stewardship." The comment period for each closes on August 2, 2016.

June 2, 2016

EPA Releases Draft Triazine Ecological Risk Assessments for Comment
EPA is releasing the draft ecological risk assessments for atrazine, propazine and simazine, which evaluate risks to animals and plants including, amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic plant communities, and terrestrial plants. All three pesticides are in the triazine class of pesticides.

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May 31, 2016

EPA, Organic Resource Management, Inc., and St. Louis Composting Inc., Reach Settlement on Clean Water Act Violations
EPA Region 7 has reached a proposed settlement of Clean Water Act violations by Organic Resource Management, Inc. (ORMI), and its parent company, St. Louis Composting, Inc. As part of the settlement, the companies have agreed to pay a cash penalty of $24,000, perform a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) projected to cost the company $36,000, and retain a consultant to conduct compliance audits at its other facilities.

May 24, 2016

EPA takes action to protect agricultural workers in Nevada
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined Moana Nursery in Reno, Nev. $2,640 and issued a warning to Genoa Trees and Landscape Materials of Minden, Nev. for violating federal pesticide worker safety laws. These actions are part of a larger effort focused on the enforcement of requirements that protect farm and nursery workers from the risk of illness due to pesticide exposure.

May 23, 2016

EPA and PMRA to Release New Harmonized Product Chemistry Templates
Under the umbrella of the United States -Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) workplan (PDF), Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and the United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed harmonized product chemistry templates for use by registrants when submitting pesticide registration packages.  The templates are based on the OECD format but have been streamlined to address a single product/application and will facilitate the review of product chemistry data for global and joint registrations, as well as other actions.  EPA and PMRA encourage applicants to begin using these templates to organize and summarize the product chemistry data for each product and/or registration package submitted to the corresponding regulatory agency.

May 18, 2016

EPA Proposes Increase in Renewable Fuel Levels
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The proposed increases would boost renewable fuel production and provide for ambitious yet achievable growth.

May 17, 2016

EPA Seeks Comment on Proposal to Register the Insecticide Sulfoxaflor for Reduced Use

Following the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, EPA has reevaluated the data supporting the use of sulfoxaflor and is now proposing to approve an amended registration with fewer uses and additional requirements that will protect bees.

May 12, 2016

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today announced a $6 million agreement with the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative to resolve Clean Water Act violations at its processing facility near Renville, Minn. The company manufactures refined sugar, liquid sugar and other products from sugar beets. The Renville facility produces over 475,000 tons of sugar, 100,000 tons of dried and pelleted pulp and 10,000 tons of molasses from some 3 million tons of sugar beets.

May 6, 2016

Requests for Proposals for Two Cooperative Agreements for Pesticide Safety Projects to be Re-Issued Soon

EPA will soon be re-issuing requests for grant applications (RFAs) for cooperative agreements to support pesticide safety activities, specifically for “Field Implementation Meeting Support” and “Funding Distribution for Pesticide Safety Education Programs.” These grants support essential elements of EPA, state regulatory agencies and state extension services activities in communication and implementation efforts related to the revised agricultural worker protection regulation and the soon-to-be revised pesticide applicator certification regulation.

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 and amend one pesticide registration. The amendment request would delete the following uses of MGK 264: Outdoor ground applications (tall grass, shrubbery, around lawns, corrals, feed lots, swine lots, zoos); and direct applications to beef cattle, dairy cattle, and horses.

May 5, 2016

EPA has received specific exemption requests from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), the Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB) and the Mississippi Departments of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) to use the pesticide sulfoxaflor (CAS No. 946578-00-3) to treat up to 168,750 acres of cotton in Tennessee, up to 320,000 of acres of cotton fields in Arkansas and up to 337,500 acres of cotton fields in Mississippi to control tarnished plant bug.

May 4, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Southern Valley Chemical Company over improperly stored, and incorrectly labeled agricultural pesticides at its facility in Arvin, Calif. The firm, a pesticide re-packager and distributor, has agreed to pay $34,900 in civil penalties, and has corrected all identified compliance issues.

May 3, 2016

Expanding Opportunities for Minor Crops: Final Rule to Revise Crop Grouping

EPA is finalizing a rule to revise the pesticide crop grouping regulations that allow the establishment of tolerances for groups of related crops. The final rule will expand the number of crops that can have tolerances established and thus will allow minor use growers a wider choice of pest control tools including lower-risk pesticides, to be used on minor crops, both domestically and in countries that import food to the United States.

May 2, 2016

Updated Registration Review Schedule Now Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released an updated schedule for the Pesticide Registration Review program, covering planned draft risk assessments, proposed interim decisions, and interim decisions for antimicrobials, biopesticides and conventional chemicals through the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

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April 29, 2016

Clean diesel grants aimed at cleaning up old diesel engines have greatly improved public health by cutting harmful pollution that causes premature deaths, asthma attacks, and missed school and workdays, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since its start in 2008, the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program has significantly improved air quality for communities across the country by retrofitting and replacing older diesel engines.

April 28, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $261,033 to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s pesticide program. The grant will help fund activities including pesticides enforcement, certification and training, worker protection, proper pesticides containment, and protecting water quality and endangered species.

EPA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Decision to Register Dicamba for Use on Genetically-Engineered Crops

In response to requests, the EPA is extending for an additional 30 days the public comment period on the proposed regulatory decision to register dicamba to control weeds in cotton and soybean genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate dicamba. Public comments on the Agency’s proposed regulatory decision must be submitted no later than May 31, 2016. Comments may be submitted to the EPA docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0187 at www.regulations.gov.

April 26, 2016

Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee – Open Meeting May 25th and 26th

Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The FRRCC is a policy-oriented committee that provides 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.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Honolulu Wood Treating of Kapolei, Oahu, which will pay a $33,750 penalty for producing and selling a mislabeled pesticide on five occasions in 2013 and 2014 under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

Draft Risk Assessments for Five Pesticides, Including Aldicarb and Coumaphos, Available for Public Comment

EPA is releasing draft risk assessments on five pesticides for public comment as part of our open and transparent registration review process, a program mandated by FIFRA that re-evaluates all pesticides on a 15-year cycle. The draft human health and ecological risk assessments will be available for 60 days for public comment. Two noteworthy pesticides – aldicarb and coumaphos – are included.

April 22, 2016

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the regional student winners of the President’s Environmental Youth Award: Chicago Youth Centers Nature Team for creating an urban garden, and Carmel Green Teen, in Carmel, Ind., for awarding environmental microgrants to local student groups.

April 19, 2016

On April 8, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took final action to approve the state of Mississippi’s request to redesignate to attainment a portion of DeSoto County, Mississippi, for the 2008 8-hour ozone standards. This is the portion of Mississippi that is within the Memphis, Tennessee-Mississippi-Arkansas nonattainment area for the 2008 8-hour ozone standards (hereafter referred to as the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area). The Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area consists of a portion of DeSoto County in Mississippi, all of Shelby County in Tennessee, and all of Crittenden County in Arkansas. Based on air quality monitoring data for the three-year period of 2012, 2013, and 2014, the entire Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area met the 2008 8-hour Ozone standards. Based on subsequent air quality monitoring data for 2015, the area continues to meet the 2008 8-hour Ozone standards.

April 18, 2016

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting May 18-19, 2016

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on Wednesday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Thursday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held in EPA’s first floor conference center at One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $22,000 environmental justice grant to the Parks and People Foundation in Baltimore to help educate residents about safe ways to create urban gardens on vacant properties throughout the city.

April 12, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $561,507 to the Central States Air Resource Agencies Association to help states collaborate on improving air quality. This group of nine states in the central U.S. will work on issues related to air pollution moving between states, and provide lower-cost training for state staff.

April 7, 2016

EPA Announces Updated Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products Intended to Combat Emerging Pathogens

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated the emerging pathogens guidance for the claims that can be made for EPA-registered disinfectant products intended to combat emerging viral pathogens. This document provides general guidance on a viral hierarchy that can be used to identify effective disinfectant products for use against emerging pathogens and permit registrants to make limited claims of their product’s efficacy against such pathogens. The revisions to the guidance are intended to expedite the process for registrants to provide useful information to the public on effective products.

April 6, 2016

EPA Releases Draft Biological Evaluations of Three Chemicals’ Impacts on Endangered Species

As part of the Endangered Species Act consultation process with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), EPA has released for public comment the first-ever draft biological evaluations analyzing the nation-wide effects of chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion on endangered and threatened species and designated critical habitat. Partial evaluations, without the effects determinations, were released in December 2015.

April 1, 2016

EPA Seeks Comment on Proposed Decision to Register Dicamba for Use on Genetically-Engineered Crops

The EPA is proposing to register dicamba to control weeds in cotton and soybean genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate dicamba. Comments on the EPA’s proposed regulatory decision must be submitted no later than April 30, 2016.

April 2016 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

The first issue of spring includes a webcast on manure entomology and highlights manure-to-energy performance data from gasifiers and combustion systems installed on commercial poultry farms.  We look at composting pig mortalities and impacts on PEDv survivability, discussions on manure regulations and court cases, and several great nutrient management resources. More...Exit

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March 23, 2016

Clean diesel grants aimed at cleaning up old diesel engines have greatly improved public health by cutting harmful pollution that causes premature deaths, asthma attacks, and missed school and workdays, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since its start in 2008, the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program has significantly improved air quality for communities across the country by retrofitting and replacing older diesel engines.

March 3, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to take action to stop poisonings caused by accidental ingestion of the herbicide paraquat, which can also cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure.

March 1, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a notice of intent to cancel all Bayer CropScience, LP and Nichino America, Inc., flubendiamide products that pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates that are important to the health of aquatic environments.

As part of its ongoing work to address the illegal use of toxic pesticides containing methyl bromide in the Caribbean, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued legal complaints against two individuals and a pest control company in Puerto Rico for violating federal pesticides law (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, or FIFRA) and the Clean Air Act. From 2013 to early 2015, Edwin Andujar Bermudez, doing business as Truly Nolen Pest Control De Caguas, and Wilson J. Torres Rivera, the owner of Tower & Son Exterminating, Corp., fumigated residences and other unauthorized locations in several Puerto Rico municipalities with pesticides containing methyl bromide. The use of methyl bromide is restricted in the U.S. due to its acute toxicity and because it is an ozone-depleting substance. As certified applicators, Mr. Andujar and Mr. Torres face civil penalties under FIFRA, as does Mr. Torres’ company. Mr. Andujar and Tower & Son Exterminating, Corp. additionally face civil penalties under the Clean Air Act.

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February 2016

February/March 2016 Newsletter Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

This edition of livestock and poultry stewardship news reviewed part 2 of the series on manure storage pond liners and looks ahead to a presentation on antibiotic resistance. We also highlight a new series of videos on nutrient management and water quality regulations. Many links to stories related to hormones, antibiotics, and pathogens were found this month. Other topics covered also included grazing, farming systems, manure as a resource and much more.Exit

February 25, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines.

February 18, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided $389,000 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding to the Gila River Indian Community in Ariz. to replace four construction vehicles operating at Gila River Farms. EPA announced the grant at a Clean Diesel Workshop with the GRIC in Phoenix, one of three Clean Diesel Workshops the EPA is co-hosting throughout Arizona this week.

New Requirements to Address Corn Rootworm Resistance to Bt Corn

In response to signs that the corn rootworm is becoming resistant to single trait Bt products, EPA is announcing new, more protective requirements designed to delay corn rootworm resistance to genetically engineered “Bt corn.” Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn produces a Bt pesticide, long used as part of organic farming, as part of the plant itself, to address corn rootworm pests.

February 11, 2016

TODAY: EPA Administrator McCarthy Testifying Before House Committee on Agriculture/Administrator to deliver keynote address on Clean Power Plan in the afternoon

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify before the House Committee on Agriculture at 10 a.m. EST about the impacts of environmental regulations on rural America. This afternoon, the administrator will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of State Energy Officials’ Energy Policy Outlook Conference.

February 9, 2016

The Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget announced today for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lays out a strategy to ensure that steady progress is made in addressing known environmental problems and ensuring the agency and its partners in environmental protection, states and tribes, are positioned to meet the challenges of the future. EPA’s FY 2017 budget request of $8.267 billion provides resources vital to that overarching vision. The request is $127 million above the agency’s enacted level for FY 2016.

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January 25, 2016

Walterboro, SC has been selected as one of 27 rural community projects across the country to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative that helps communities increase economic opportunities for local farmers and related businesses, create vibrant places and promote childhood wellness by improving access to healthy local food.

The Colleton Museum and Farmers Market in Walterboro, South Carolina, will receive technical assistance to build partnerships, explore funding opportunities, and grow markets for local food.

Bessemer, AL has been selected as one of 27 rural community projects across the country to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative that helps communities increase economic opportunities for local farmers and related businesses, create vibrant places and promote childhood wellness by improving access to healthy local food.

High Point, N.C., has been selected as one of 27 rural communities across the country to participate in Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP), a federal initiative that helps increase economic opportunities for local farmers and related businesses, creates vibrant places and promotes childhood wellness by improving access to healthy local food. High Point will receive technical assistance to develop a farmers’ market and other health and wellness programs for its new central library plaza.

Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined together to announce the selection of 27 communities in 22 states that will participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative that helps communities increase economic opportunities for local farmers and related businesses, create vibrant places and promote childhood wellness by improving access to healthy local food.

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January 6, 2016

Nominations Open for EPA’s Annual Environmental Merit Awards in New England - Due by Feb. 12

EPA is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Environmental Merit Awards, which will recognize environmental achievements during the past year. Award categories are available for individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and other organizations. Awards are also given under a lifetime achievement category.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators.

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