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The news releases, reports, and other documents listed below have been selected by the Ag Center because they are of direct importance to the environmental compliance efforts of the agricultural community. The items are in chronological order, with the most recent listed first.
September 29, 2014
ADVISORY: EPA Administrator to Deliver Keynote Speech at Water Environment Federation’s Annual Conference
On Monday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver a keynote speech at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Administrator McCarthy’s remarks will focus on why the Clean Water Act proposed rule is so vital to protecting our water resources, communities and economy. She will discuss the cost of inaction when it comes to climate change and how investing in clean water technology will spur economic growth and help us overcome challenges facing our nation’s water resources. A new report, “The Economic and Labor Impact of the Water Sector,” profiled 30 U.S. communities—servicing 83 million people—that will be investing in infrastructure projects over the next 10 years, resulting in $52 billion in annual economic output and supporting 289,000 jobs nationwide.
September 26, 2014
Pesticide News Story: Now Available: Updated Salmon Mapper for Protecting Endangered and Threatened Salmon In the Pacific Northwest and California
EPA is releasing an updated Salmon Mapper. The interactive map includes enhanced spatial resolution and the most recent geospatial data depicting salmon-supporting stream reaches where no-spray buffer zones apply in California, Oregon and Washington State for 12 pesticides that are subject either to the original 2004 injunction in Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC) v. EPA or the August 15, 2014, stipulated injunction in Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) v. EPA. The pesticides included in the NCAP v. EPA stipulated injunction are carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and methomyl. The pesticides that remain subject to the original WTC v. EPA injunctive relief order are 1,3-dichloropropene, bromoxynil, diflubenzuron, fenbutatin oxide, metolachlor, prometryn and propargite.
September 22, 2014
EPA Awards $81,600 to Mesa Community College for Innovative Center for Urban Agriculture
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an environmental education grant of $81,600 to Mesa Community College for the development of a cutting-edge “Center for Urban Agriculture” program which will include a degree program, urban farm site and engaging local elementary schools.
Pesticide News Story: EPA Recognizes National Farm Safety and Health Week: Supports Safer and Healthier Agricultural Environment
EPA is recognizing National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 21-27) to promote the importance of a safer and healthier agricultural work environment. The 2014 theme, “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters,” underscores EPA efforts to support the health and safety of farmworker communities.
- EPA announced in February 2014 proposed changes to the Agency’s pivotal farmworker protection effort: the agricultural Worker Protection Standard. EPA is proposing significant improvements to protect the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure. Representing more than a decade of extensive stakeholder input, these revisions protect workers while supporting agricultural productivity and preserving the traditions of family farms. Read more: http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/safety/workers/proposed/index.html.
September 18, 2014
Yakima fertilizer manufacturer signs settlement with EPA to resolve hazardous waste violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Kronos Micronutrients to resolve violations of federal hazardous waste laws, according to an EPA settlement. The company is a fertilizer manufacturer in the town of Moxee, Washington, located in the Yakima Valley.
September 17, 2014
Pesticide News Story: Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides – 3rd Interagency Workshop on Joint Interim Approaches to NAS Recommendations
On October 6, 2014, EPA and its federal partners, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, will hold a one-day workshop to provide a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on the joint interim approaches issued in November 2013 by EPA, FWS, NMFS and USDA in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, “Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.”
September 16, 2014
Southeast Diesel Collaborative Conference to be Held in Atlanta
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will join a consortium of federal, state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry to hold the Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) Ninth Annual Partners Meeting in Atlanta on September 23-24, 2014. The SEDC will also host a preconference workshop on September 22nd which will focus on Successful Communication and Outreach strategies. The SEDC is a public-private partnership composed of stakeholders from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The goal of the collaborative is to improve air quality and public health by reducing emissions from existing diesel engines.
September 15, 2014
EPA Settles with DuPont over Violations of Federal Pesticide Laws that Led to Widespread Tree Deaths and Damage/ DuPont to pay $1,853,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations of pesticide reporting and distribution laws
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with the E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). DuPont will pay a $1,853,000 penalty to resolve allegations that the company failed to submit reports to EPA about potential adverse effects of an herbicide product called Imprelis, and sold it with labeling that did not ensure its safe use. When customers applied the misbranded Imprelis product, it led to widespread death and damage to trees.
September 12, 2014
EPA Registers New Nematicide Alternative to Restricted-Use Soil Fumigants, Including Methyl Bromide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is registering a new active ingredient, fluensulfone, a non-fumigant nematicide that provides lower-risk chemical control of nematodes than methyl bromide and other Restricted Use soil fumigants. Under the Montreal Protocol, EPA has phased out methyl bromide because its use depletes the ozone layer.
September 11, 2014
Pesticide News Story: Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting - October 6-9, 2014
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will host the Tribal Pesticide Program Council meeting on October 6-9, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Tentative agenda topics include a State of the Council report, updates on regional tribal activities, Pest Detector Training, strengthening tribal-state coordination, pollinator protection plans, cooperative agreement performance measures, and the National Program Manager guidance. The TPPC is a tribal technical resource and a program and policy development dialogue group, focused on pesticide issues and concerns. It is composed of authorized representatives from federally recognized tribes and Indian nations and intertribal organizations.
September 10, 2014
EPA Stop Sale Order Protects Philadelphia Residents from Buying Misbranded Pesticides
A Stop Sale Order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to China Town Dollar, Inc. in Philadelphia will protect the health of city residents from three misbranded pest glue traps, which are anti-pest products regulated under the federal pesticide law.
September 8, 2014
EPA Hosts Webinar September 30 on Creating Tick-Safe Schools Using Integrated Pest Management
A webinar, Creating Tick-Safe Schools Using IPM, will be held on September 30, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. This webinar is one in a series of EPA webinars to help school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control by offering information on plans for implementing Integrated Pest Management. Integrated Pest Management is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests. IPM takes action to address the underlying causes that enable pests to thrive. Register for the Creating Tick-Safe Schools webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/211517777.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Thiabendazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of thiabendazole in or on multiple commodities (Sept. 25)
- Fluensulfone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of fluensulfone in or on cucurbit vegetables and fruiting vegetables (Sept. 24)
- 2-Propenoic acid, butyl ester, polymer With 1,6- diisocyanatohexane, N-(hydroxymethyl)-2-methyl-2-propenamide and 2- propenenitrile; Tolerance Exemption -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-propenoic acid, butyl ester, polymer with 1,6-diisocyanatohexane, N-(hydroxymethyl)-2-methyl-2-propenamide and 2-propenenitrile (CAS Reg. No. 1469998-09-1) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide formulation (Sept. 19)
- Butanedioic Acid, 2-methylene-, Polymer With 2,5-fuandione, Sodium and Ammonium Salts, Hydrogen Peroxide-Initiated; Tolerance Exemption -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of butanedioic acid, 2-methylene-, polymer with 2,5-furandione, sodium and ammonium salts, hydrogen peroxide- initiated when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide formulation (Sept. 17)
- Sulfentrazone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes a tolerance for residues of sulfentrazone in or on apple (Sept. 12)
- Flazasulfuron; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of flazasulfuron in or on tree nut group 14-12 (Sept. 5)
- Sulfuric Acid; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of sulfuric acid (CAS Reg. No. 7664-93-9), when used as an inert ingredient, in antimicrobial formulations, on food-contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy-processing equipment, and food-processing equipment and utensils (Sept. 5)
- Trifloxystrobin; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of trifloxystrobin in or on pea, dry, seed; pea, field, hay; and pea, field, vines (Sept. 3)
- Saflufenacil; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes and revises tolerances for residues of saflufenacil in or on multiple commodities (Sept. 3)
Settlements with Pair of Related Norfolk, Neb., Pesticide Companies to Improve Pesticide Safety and Reliabilit
Custom Feed Services Corporation and Earthworks Health LLC, two separate pesticide companies based in Norfolk, Neb., with common ownership, have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $74,513 to settle allegations related to the production and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
August 27, 2014
Compliance with environmental laws protects air, land, and water in communities across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, completed over 50 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from April 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Violations of environmental laws put public health and the environment at risk. EPA enforces federal environmental laws to protect communities and to keep the region’s air, land, and water healthy. These compliance and enforcement efforts also level the playing field by deterring violators who might otherwise have an unfair business advantage over environmentally compliant facilities and businesses.
August 25, 2014
EPA Regional Administrator to Deliver Keynote Address on Water Quality at Farm Progress Show, Aug. 27, in Boone, Iowa
EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks will be in Boone, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, to speak at the Farm Progress Show about EPA’s role in protect`ing water quality. Brooks’ keynote address will be followed by presentations and a panel discussion featuring agricultural, conservation, and association leaders involved in water quality initiatives in Iowa.
August 20, 2014
EPA Reinstates No-Spray Buffer Zones in California, Oregon and Washington to Protect Salmon as a Result of Final Settlement Agreement for Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides v. EPA
EPA is reinstating streamside no-spray buffer zones to protect endangered or threatened Pacific salmon and steelhead in California, Oregon and Washington State. No-spray buffer zones will be imposed for the pesticides carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and methomyl in waters that support salmon. These buffer zones will remain in place until EPA implements any necessary protections for Pacific salmon and steelhead based on reinitiated consultations with the National Marine Fisheries Services.
August 15, 2014
Pesticide News Story: EPA Releases Best Practices Guidance and Hosts Webinars on Reducing Pesticide Use and Saving Money in Schools
To help school administrators and staff reduce pesticide use and costs, EPA has released “Model Pesticide Safety and IPM Guidance Policy.” EPA will also launch a series of webinars beginning on August 20, 2014.
August 13, 2014
EPA Settlement Resolves Issues with FMC Corporation of Philadelphia, Pa., for Improper Advertising of Pesticide
EPA Region 7 has reached a consent agreement with FMC Corporation of Philadelphia, Pa., to resolve allegations that it improperly advertised its Capture LFR Insecticide with five Nebraska radio stations and a regional radio network in December 2012, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
August 12, 2014
Bronx Science Teacher Who Constructed a Green Roof and Tarrytown Teen Who Used Wasted Apples as a Fuel Source Win Presidential Recognition
Nathaniel Wight, a science teacher at Bronx Design & Construction Academy in the South Bronx, New York, and Luke Colley, a high school senior from Tarrytown, New York both won top presidential honors for their dedication to environmental protection. Nathaniel and Luke were honored at a White House ceremony as winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education and the President’s Environmental Youth Awards, respectively.
August 11, 2014
Pesticide News Story: Agreement to Cancel Methomyl Use on Some Crops
EPA and the manufacturers of the insecticide methomyl have agreed to cancel the use of methomyl on barley, oat, and rye, limit its use on wheat to Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and reduce the application rates and the number of applications for some crops by 20-50%. These actions are in response to EPA’s evaluation of data showing risk from methomyl in drinking water. EPA is taking this action to protect human health and the environment.
August 8, 2014
Pesticide News Story: Revised Pesticide Label Review Manual Available Online in Printable Format
The Revised Pesticide Label Review Manual is now available on EPA’s website in PDF form so that users can print the entire manual for reference. The 18-chapter (PDF) (259 pp, 5.06 MB) can be accessed at http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-07/documents/lrm-chap1-18.pdf. PDFs of individual chapters remain online for those who seek specific information. A helpful new feature allows online users to jump to a section within a chapter by clicking on the name of that section in the table of contents.
Pesticide News Story: SmartLabel Pilot
EPA is seeking nine registrants to participate in a pilot to develop and submit pesticide labels in an electronic format called SmartLabel instead of as paper or PDF files. Through SmartLabel, the Agency seeks to improve pesticide labels, including making the label approval process more efficient and effective. The SmartLabel can easily be compared to previous versions of the label, ensuring quicker reviews.
The nine registrants must be willing to develop and submit for testing a number of pesticide product labels (around 10 for each participant) that conform to the SmartLabel specifications. EPA is seeking three registrants for each of the following product types:
- conventional pesticides in agricultural products and/or lawn and garden products
- microbial and biochemical pesticides in agricultural and/or mosquito larvicidal products
- antimicrobial pesticides in hospital disinfectant, wood preservative and/or pool products
August 7, 2014
Pesticide News Story: New Website on Soil Fumigants
As part of the EPA’s effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have compiled all of our information on soil fumigants into a microsite so that visitors can find the information they need more quickly and easily. The Soil Fumigant Toolbox contains material on:
- fumigant management plans,
- buffer zones and
- other safety measures for the protection of agricultural workers and bystanders.
August 1, 2014
Pesticide News Story: Preliminary Risk Assessments for Dicrotophos Now Available for Public Comment
EPA has published, for a 60-day comment period, the preliminary human health and ecological risk assessments for dicrotophos. The data we received during the registration review process indicate dietary, worker, and ecological concerns under certain use scenarios. Our analysis is preliminary, and we anticipate further refinement in response to comments received. Dicrotophos is a restricted use organophosphate (OP) insecticide used predominantly on cotton. First registered in 1964, dicrotophos was reregistered and included in the OP Cumulative Assessment in the mid-2000s. EPA will publish a Proposed Registration Review Decision for public comment in early 2015.
To view the preliminary human health and ecological risk assessments for dicrotophos and to comment on the assessments, go docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0440 at www.regulations.gov.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Kasugamycin; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes a tolerance for residues of kasugamycin in or on fruit, pome (Aug. 29)
- Methoxyfenozide; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of methoxyfenozide in or on pineapple (Aug. 27)
- Notice of Intent To Suspend Certain Pesticide Registrations -- publishes a Notice of Intent to Suspend (NOITS) certain pesticide registrations issued by EPA. The NOITS was issued following the Agency's issuance of a Data Call-In Notice (DCI), which required the registrant of the affected pesticide products containing a certain pesticide active ingredient to take appropriate steps to secure certain data, and following the registrant's failure to submit these data or to take other appropriate steps to secure the required data (Aug. 20)
- Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations -- EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations (Aug. 20)
- C.I. Pigment Red 112; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of C.I. Pigment Red 112 (CAS Reg. No. 6535- 46-2) when used as an inert ingredient seed treatment pigment not to exceed 10% weight/weight (w/w) in pesticide formulations (Aug. 20)
- Sweet Orange Peel Tincture; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of sweet orange peel tincture when used as an inert ingredient not to exceed 10% (weight/weight) in pesticide formulations for use as a surfactant, fragrance, and adjuvant on all pre- and post-harvest food commodities (Aug. 15)
- Iprodione, Pendimethalin, and Permethrin; Order To Amend Pesticide Registrations To Terminate Uses -- EPA hereby orders, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), that the registrations of pesticide products containing iprodione, pendimethalin, and permethrin be amended to terminate certain uses (Aug. 13)
- Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients -- EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products (Aug. 13)
- Bifenazate; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of bifenazate in or on multiple commodities (Aug. 6)
- Fluopicolide; Pesticide Tolerances -- amends tolerances for residues of fluopicolide in or on potato, processed potato waste; and vegetable, tuberous and corm, subgroup 1C (Aug. 6)
- Product Cancellation Order for Certain Rodenticide Registrations -- This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of certain rodenticide products containing the pesticide active ingredients brodifacoum, difethialone and warfarin, pursuant to section 6(f) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (Aug. 6)
- 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 (August 1)