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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.

November 7, 2014
EPA Region 7 to Participate at National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk Event Nov. 13 in Kansas City, Mo. EPA officials will be available for interviews at the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Trade Talk event at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 13. Interview topics include the Waters of the U.S. proposal; outreach to the agricultural community; nutrient management; and regulatory updates related to chemical safety, pesticides and grain storage.

November 6, 2014
Three Subsidiaries of the World’s Largest Fertilizer Producer to Reduce Harmful Air Emissions at Eight Production Plants
In a settlement with the United States, three subsidiaries of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS), the world’s largest fertilizer producer, will take steps to reduce harmful air emissions at eight U.S. production plants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice announced today. The settlement resolves claims that these PCS subsidiaries violated the Clean Air Act when they modified facilities in ways that released excess sulfur dioxide into surrounding communities.

EPA Responds to NRDC’s 2nd Petition to Cancel Pet Uses of Two Pesticides
In 2009, EPA considered two petitions from the Natural Resources Defense Council to cancel the use of propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) in pet products. In response, EPA developed new human health risk assessments for the pet uses of both pesticides. In 2013, EPA found unacceptable risks to children from exposure to propoxur pet collars. EPA and the manufacturers reached an agreement to cancel propoxur pet collar products. This decision was reached as a result of discussions about how to reduce children’s exposure to propoxur in pet collars. Read more about the March 2014 propoxur decision.

November 5, 2014
EPA and USDA to Hold Public Listening Sessions on Pollinator Strategy/Sessions to be held November 12 and 17 in the D.C. metro area
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host two public listening sessions to solicit stakeholder input to assist the Pollinator Health Task Force in development of a federal strategy to protect honey bees and other pollinators. The Task Force is asking for input on the types of activities that could be part of the strategy, including public private partnerships, research, educational opportunities, pollinator habitat improvements and pesticide risk mitigation.

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October, 2014
October Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter
October's edition is chock full of good stuff, including a preview of the webcast on a feed nutrient management planning tool, the Waste to Worth conference, and several articles on water quality & nutrients. This addition is also heavy on information about antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and animal welfare. Other topics include animal mortality resources, dung beetles, odor, goats as weed control, and more.

October 30, 2014
Reorganization of OPP’s Registration Division - Improves workflow, Increases Efficiency
In order to better meet commitments under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA III), the Registration Division in EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has undergone a staff reorganization effective October 18, 2014. The reorganization created two additional risk management branches and so will allow for a greater number of staff to work more directly on registration actions. The Registration Division is responsible for conventional chemical risk management for new chemical registrations, new product registrations, registration amendments and new use reviews, tolerances, experimental use permits, and emergency exemptions for conventional chemical pesticides.

October 29, 2014
Farmers in Stanislaus County encouraged to drop off unwanted pesticides at free event on Oct. 30 in Modesto
Farmers in Stanislaus County, Calif. can bring their obsolete and unwanted pesticides to the Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner's Office at a free pesticides collection event on Thursday October 30, 2014. The event, which is by appointment only, will be held 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the County Agricultural Commissioner's Office, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto, Calif.

EPA Inspection Reveals Clean Water Act Violations by Winifred Feed Lot, LLC, near Frankfort, Kansas
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency personnel conducted inspections in northeastern Kansas in December 2013. As a result of one of the inspections, the owner of a beef feedlot, Winifred Feed Lot, LLC, has agreed to pay a $16,150 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA), according to a proposed consent agreement.

October 23, 2014
EPA Proposes to Remove 72 Chemicals from Approved Pesticide Inert Ingredient List
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public comment on a proposal to remove 72 chemicals from its list of substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. “We are taking action to ensure that these ingredients are not added to any pesticide products unless they have been fully vetted by EPA,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “This is the first major step in our strategy to reduce risks from pesticides containing potentially hazardous inert ingredients.”

October 21, 2014
EPA Launches a Voluntary Star-Rating Program to Reduce Pesticide Drift and Protect People, Wildlife and the Environment /More stars equals greater potential for reducing spray drift
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss.

October 16, 2014
EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean Production
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. The analysis concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments when compared to using no pest control at all. A Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on the analysis will publish in the near future.

EPA honors Calif. companies Amyris and Solazyme for using green chemistry to create renewable and sustainable plant-based fuels
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Amyris Inc. in Emeryville and Solazyme, Inc., in South San Francisco, Calif. with Presidential Green Chemistry Awards for creating renewable and sustainable plant-based fuels and other products. The Calif. companies are among five organizations nationwide honored for developing safer chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances.

October 15, 2014
Student Team at University of Missouri-Columbia to Receive $14,874 to Study Treatment of Food Waste with Pig Manure
A student team at the University of Missouri-Columbia will receive $14,874 from EPA to study the feasibility of treating food waste mixed with swine manure and gather data from the process related to energy use, greenhouse gases and recovered nutrients.

EPA Announces Final Decision to Register Enlist Duo, Herbicide Containing 2, 4-D and Glyphosate/Risk assessment ensures protection of human health, including infants, children
The EPA is registering the herbicide, Enlist Duo with first-time ever restrictions to manage the problem of resistant weeds. The pesticide is for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically-engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D and glyphosate. The agency’s decision reflects a large body of science and an understanding of the risk of pesticides to human health and the environment.

October 10, 2014
EPA’s WaterSense Program Recognizes Texas AandM AgriLife Center for National Excellence in Education

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its 2014 WaterSense Partners of the Year for their commitment to promoting water efficiency and strengthening the resilience of communities across the country. The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas was also recognized for excellence in outreach and education. The center was awarded for their efforts to advance and promote the WaterSense program and water efficiency. Among Texas A&M AgriLife’s achievements include transforming an on-campus home to demonstrate the benefits of indoor and outdoor water savings, holding classes and trainings for landscape and irrigation professionals, participating in regional outreach events, and even touring across Texas with an 8’ x 12’ model WaterSense labelled home.

October 8, 2014
Pesticide News Story: EPA to Host Webinar on the Basics of School Integrated Pest Management – October 21
A webinar, The Basics of School Integrated Pest Management, hosted by the EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM, will be held on October 21, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. IPM is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests. IPM takes action to address the underlying causes that enable pests to thrive.

October 7, 2014
EPA Increases Access to Chemical Information/Agency seeks input on improvements
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted additional data and added new functions to ChemView, EPA’s publicly-accessible, one-stop online tool to find information for chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). “In the absence of TSCA reform, EPA is moving ahead to improve access to chemical health and safety information, and increase the dialogue to help the public choose safer ingredients used in everyday products,” said James Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “The additional data along with a customer satisfaction survey will make chemical information more readily available for decision-makers and consumers.”

October 3, 2014
EPA Inspection Finds Clean Water Act Violations by E and M Farms, Inc., Dairy Operation near Ossian, Iowa
As a result of an inspection of northeastern Iowa livestock operations by EPA Region 7 staff last spring, the owner of E&M Farms, Inc., has agreed to pay a $7,500 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) at its dairy operation near Ossian.

October 2, 2014
EPA Settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Helps Protect Soil and Groundwater from Contamination
An underground storage tank (UST) at the Lake Moomaw Marina Store in Warm Springs, Va., will now be regularly monitored and inspected under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve alleged violations of UST regulations. The Lake Moomaw Marina Store is owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Pesticide News Story: EPA Announces New Efficacy Protocol for Certain Copper-based Sanitizer Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a recommended protocol for testing the antimicrobial efficacy of copper-containing surfaces. The testing described in this protocol is intended to support registration of products bearing non-food contact, surface sanitizer claims. The Agency is accepting comments on the protocol for 60 days. At a later time, EPA expects to issue a Data Call-In to require testing using this protocol for currently registered copper and copper alloy-based surface products.

October 1, 2014
Pesticide News Story: EPA Updates Dietary Exposure Analysis Model
EPA has updated the Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model-Food Commodity Intake Database (DEEM-FCID)/Calendex to include more recent food consumption data. New online applications will also make it easier for the public to access and interpret the data. DEEM-FCID/Calendex is a dietary exposure analysis model for performing chronic and acute exposure assessments. DEEM-FCID/Calendex can be used to estimate dietary intake of toxicants, nutrients, pesticides, food additives and natural constituents – in other words, for any component of food or water. The software also allows for estimation of exposures for each eating occasion rather than considering the entire day’s food and drink intake at once. This allows EPA to make more refined risk assessments where appropriate.

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September, 2014
September Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter

The September news announces part 2 in the series on composting animal mortalities. Abstract submission for Waste to Worth has been extended until November 17, 2014. There were multiple items on poultry and antibiotics, as well as the Waters of the U.S. rule, solid manure digestion, and how the drought has reshaped the U.S. cattle map. More...

September 30, 2014
EPA Region 7 Administrator, Brody Middle School Students to Increase Awareness of Water Quality Oct. 3 in Des Moines, Iowa

EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks will be in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, Oct. 3, to visit with Brody Middle School seventh grade students about EPA’s role in protecting water quality. Brooks’ visit will include a role-play exercise featuring six groups of students representing EPA, scientists, farmers, concerned citizens, Des Moines Water Works, and non-profits. Afterwards, a group of students will participate in a water quality testing exercise at Des Moines Water Works Park.

Pesticide News Story: Transformation of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act Website
The EPA has redesigned the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2012 (PRIA 3) website. The new website is available at www2.epa.gov/pria-fees. The purpose of the redesign is to make PRIA 3 information more easily accessible to stakeholders and the public, regardless of the type of device being used (for example laptop, tablet or smartphone). We are not making any technical or regulatory changes to PRIA 3.

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.

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.

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