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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.
February Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter
February's newsletter encourages you to get registered for Waste to Worth and highlights two webcasts in back-to-back weeks. One is on unintended consequences of gypsum bedding in dairies and the other is novel animal housing. The topics are heavy on regulation and policy news, and also include nutrient management and tile drainage. Animal welfare information was also plentiful. We round it out with antibiotic resistance and feedlot dust, avian influenza, and a long list of great events and happenings. More...
February 18, 2015
U.S. Department of State and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Launch Innovative International Air Quality Program: FACT SHEET
Secretary of State John Kerry and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed a statement of intent today to launch a new air quality partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The effort will provide U.S. citizens and government personnel with better information on air quality at select embassies and consulates around the world to reduce health risks from outdoor air pollution, and will offer greater opportunities for the United States to create partnerships on air quality with other nations.
February 13, 2015
Climate Action Plan Toolkit: EPA Releases Stormwater Climate Change Tool
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Virtual Climate Resilience Toolkit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for EPA’s Stormwater Management Model – a widely-used, downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections, such as more frequent high-intensity storms and changes in evaporation rates of seasonal precipitation, to determine the benefits of resiliency decisions to reduce local economic burden and protect communities.
February 10, 2015
Dealing with Nuisance Birds around Schools -- February 24
On Tuesday, February 24, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) will host a webinar titled “Dealing with Nuisance Birds around Schools.”
February 05, 2015
Pesticide News Story: Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Webinar: February 25, 2015
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will hold a webinar for the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 1:00-2:30 EST. During the webinar, EPA will provide brief updates on a few key issues for 2015. The public is welcome to listen to the updates. A draft agenda is available on the PPDC website. To connect to the webinar on February 25, 2015: Go to: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/ppdc_feb2015 . At the login prompt, select Enter as a Guest. Enter your first and last name, then click Enter Room.
February 04, 2015
EPA Applauds SCDHEC, Farmers and Landowners for Improving Water Quality in the Enoree River Watershed
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commends the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), farmers, and landowners for improving water quality in the Enoree River watershed. Two out of six places in the river and its tributaries are now meeting the state’s bacteria water quality standard for the first time since the late ‘90s. Upon project completion, SCDHEC tested the water quality of six testing stations on the Enoree River and its tributaries for the state’s 2014 CWA Water Quality Assessment. SCDHEC found that all stations show improvement for fecal coliform bacteria. Two of the testing stations now meet water quality standards and are classified as fully supporting (not impaired) for recreational uses. SCDHEC data also showed reductions in bacteria violations at four other stations in the Lower Enoree River watershed.
February 03, 2015
Pesticide News Story: Pesticide News Story: New Blog Post - Farmers Shift Towards Biopesticides
Did you know that the use of biopesticides has more than quadrupled since 2000? Made from naturally occurring substances derived from animals, plants, bacteria, fungi and minerals, biopesticides are used as safer alternatives to controlling pests and are frequently part of Integrated Pest Management plans. In his new blog post, Farmers Shift Towards Virtually Non-Toxic Alternatives for Pest Control, EPA Assistant Administrator Jim Jones discusses the importance of biopesticides and why their increased use is good for people and the environment.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Pyrimethanil; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes a tolerance for residues of pyrimethanil in or on pomegranate at 5.0 parts per million (ppm). Janssen PMP requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) (Feb. 13)
- Pendimethalin; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of pendimethalin in or on multiple commodities (Feb. 11)
- Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request -- This notice announces EPA's receipt of application 72500-EUP-G from Scimetrics Ltd. Corp. requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the chemical warfarin. (Feb. 6)
- Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations -- EPA has granted or denied emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice (Feb. 5)
- Difenoconazole; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of difenoconazole in or on rapeseed subgroup 20A, and dragon fruit (Feb. 4)
- Flutriafol; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes, amends, and removes tolerances for residues of flutriafol in or on multiple commodities (Feb. 4)
- Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), [alpha]-(3-carboxy-1-oxosulfopropyl)- [omega]-hydroxy-, (C10-C16) -alkyl ethers, disodium salts; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), [alpha]-(3- carboxy-1-oxosulfopropyl)-[omega]-hydroxy-, (C10- C16) alkyl ethers, disodium salts when used as an inert ingredient (surfactant) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops (seed treatment use only) under 40 CFR 180.920 at a concentration not to exceed 0.125% by weight (Feb. 4)
EPA to Update Community on Toms River, NJ Superfund Site; EPA and National Toxicology Program scientists to Discuss Study of SAN Trimer
On February 4, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting to discuss how a new scientific study about a previously unknown contaminant relates to the ongoing cleanup at the Reich Farm Superfund site in Toms River formerly Dover, Ocean County, NJ. The EPA will be joined by scientists from the National Toxicology Program to discuss the study. EPA does not plan to make any changes to the groundwater treatment system currently operating at the site, but does intend to make adjustments to the cleanup goals based on the new information. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ.
Minimum Risk Pesticide Web Information Updated and Expanded
As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have transformed our Minimum Risk Pesticides website into a new, easy-to-use format. Information should now be easier to access regardless of the type of device being used (for example, laptop, tablet, or smart phone). The new site highlights the most-requested information and has been redesigned based on historic website traffic, with a focus on stakeholders who are interested in manufacturing, selling or distributing minimum risk pesticides. Minimum risk pesticides are those pesticides that EPA has determined pose little to no risk to human health or the environment and are therefore exempted from the requirement that they be registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
An Easier Way to Find Your Pesticide Program Contacts
Finding program contact information for EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs just got easier. We have launched a new Pesticide Contacts and Organization Information website to serve as a hub to find regional and headquarters contacts, hotlines, organizational charts, and visitor information. This website is part of EPA’s effort to design easy-to-use Web content that can be viewed on all devices, including tablets and smartphones.
Pesticide Web Apps Now Available from NPIC
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has developed four mobile Web applications (apps) to help consumers and pesticide applicators quickly find pest control solutions, insect repellents, and other information on pesticides when they are on the go. The apps work within most smart phone and tablet browsers, making it easier for users to get this important information when they aren’t at a computer.
January 29, 2015
EPA Announces Voluntary Cancellation of Certain Methomyl Uses
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the manufacturers of the insecticide methomyl have agreed to cancel some uses and limit use on certain crops to reduce risks to drinking water. From 1995 to 2013, exposure from food to carbamates, which includes methomyl, has fallen by approximately 70 percent. Today’s action is a continuation of EPA’s efforts to reduce carbamate use, thereby protecting people’s health, especially the health of children who may be more sensitive to pesticides.
January 28, 2015
EPA Proposes Framework to Prevent Corn Rootworm Resistance
Today, EPA is seeking public comment on a proposed framework intended to delay the corn rootworm pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce Bt pesticides. The Agency is open to suggestions for alternative approaches that would achieve this objective. The proposed framework includes requirements on the manufacturers of Bt corn including:
- In areas at risk of corn rootworm resistance, require crop rotation; use of corn varieties containing more than one Bt toxin; or other Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies and stewardship for corn rootworm.
- Develop and implement a strategy to better detect and address areas of resistance as they emerge.
- Use different and improved scientific tests and sampling requirements to study the problem and more reliably ensure that resistance to the Bt corn toxin is identified.
January 27, 2015
TODAY: EPA Administrator to Keynote National Council for Science and the Environment Conference
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will give a keynote address today at the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment hosted by the National Council for Science and the Environment. Administrator McCarthy will discuss the cost of climate inaction and will address how climate actions, such as the Clean Power Plan, will drive innovation, spur opportunity, and create a clean energy economy.
January 21, 2015
EPA Registers New Insecticide Alternative to Neonicotinoids, Safer for Bees
The EPA is registering a new insecticide, flupyradifurone, that is safer for bees. It is expected to be an alternative to more toxic products including certain pyrethroid, neonicotinoid, organophosphate and avermectin insecticides. As an insecticide, flupyradifurone is unusual in that laboratory-based studies indicate that the compound is practically non-toxic to adult honeybees. Studies show no adverse effect on overall bee colony performance or overwintering ability when compared to untreated colonies. EPA’s decision meets the rigorous Food Quality Protection Act standard of "reasonable certainty of no harm" to human health. On the basis of protective and conservative human health and ecological risk assessments for the uses of the pesticide, EPA confirmed the safety of the use for the public, agricultural workers and wildlife. EPA coordinated its evaluation with our counterparts in Canada and Australia.
January 20, 2015
Pesticide News Story: NMFS Issues Final Biological Opinion for Three Pesticides
On January 20, 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued its final Biological Opinion concerning the potential effects of the pesticides diflubenzuron, fenbutatin oxide and propargite on federally listed threatened and endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead and their designated critical habitat.
EPA Administrator at X Games to Focus on Economic and Environmental Need to Act on Climate
On Thursday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will join the X Games in Aspen, Colo., to bring attention to the extreme weather impacts of climate change. A strong economy and a strong environment go hand in hand, which makes acting on climate necessary to protect tourism, recreation and the outdoor industry. Administrator McCarthy will hold a press conference with CEO of Aspen Skiing Company, Mike Kaplan and Winter Olympians, Gretchen Bleiler and Alex Deibold to talk about how climate risks are economic risks. She will focus on the need to act now to spur clean energy and reduce carbon pollution to protect communities and the outdoor industry from economic and environmental impacts.
EPA, Southern Co. and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Recognize Five Star and Urban Waters Projects in the Southeast
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southern Company met with 2013 Five Star and Urban Waters Program awardees to recognize and highlight their work to restore streams and watersheds.
January 15, 2015
EPA’s Actions to Restrict PFOA and Similar Chemicals Yield Significant Human Health and Environmental Benefits
To further agency and industry achievements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed measures to ensure that perfluorinated chemicals that have been phased out do not re-enter the marketplace without review.
”Through our environmental stewardship program, eight companies have helped us make real progress to reduce these chemicals as evidenced in the CDC findings” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We will continue that progress now that all importers and other domestic manufacturers will be required to give EPA an opportunity to review and restrict uses of these perfluorinated chemicals.”
January 14, 2015
EPA Releases 2013 Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis
From 2012 to 2013, the amount of toxic chemicals managed as waste by the nation's industrial facilities increased by 4 percent. This increase includes the amount of chemicals recycled, treated, and burned for energy recovery, as well as the amount disposed of or otherwise released into the environment. In TRI, a "release" generally refers to a chemical that is emitted to the air, water, or placed in some type of land disposal. Most of these releases are subject to a variety of regulatory requirements designed to limit human and environmental harm.
January 9, 2015
New EPA Guidance Would Reduce Use of Lab Animals and Increase Relevant Acute Toxicity Data on Pesticides
In an effort to help expand the acceptance of alternative methods for acute toxicity testing, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has released a new draft guidance document. The agency is accepting comments on the draft guidance for 60 days, until March 10, 2015. With the rapid advances in science and continual development of new technologies, the EPA recognizes there is an increasing potential for the use of alternative methods in regulatory risk assessments.
The agency’s goals for alternative testing approaches include:
- assessing a broader range and potentially more human-relevant adverse effects;
- generating and reviewing data more quickly and less expensively; and
- reducing use of laboratory animals in regulatory testing.
January 7, 2015
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC); Notice of Meeting
The Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee will convene on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will reconvene Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). One public comment period relevant to specific issues being considered by the FRRCC is scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period are encouraged to pre-register by noon, (Eastern Standard Time), on Monday, January 12, 2015.
January 5, 2015
MEDIA ADVISORY: EPA Administrator to Visit Fresno, Phoenix for high-speed rail groundbreaking, American Meteorological Society annual meeting
On Wednesday, Administrator McCarthy will travel to Phoenix, Ariz. for a Presidential Town Hall at the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) 95th annual meeting. The growing body of science on climate change and extreme weather underpins President Obama's Climate Action Plan to build more resilient communities and curb the carbon pollution fueling climate change. With a science-driven mission to protect public health and the environment, EPA is taking first-ever action to cut carbon pollution from our largest source, power plants. Following her opening remarks, Administrator McCarthy will engage in a moderated discussion with AMS President Bill Gail.
EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment Shows Risk to Workers
Today, EPA is releasing an assessment for public comment on the potential for human health risk of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. This assessment shows some risks to workers who mix, load and apply chlorpyrifos pesticide products. When used in large amounts, chlorpyrifos has the potential to pose risks in limited geographic areas when drinking water from small watersheds. There were no additional risks from pesticide exposures in food or exposures to bystanders and workers from airborne chlorpyrifos. The latest USDA pesticide residue data show no concerns for chlorpyrifos in food, with the pesticide detected in less than 1% of samples.
EPA Awards PREP Grant to Washington State University
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, in partnership with the Office of Compliance, has awarded Washington State University in Pullman, WA the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP) grant. Through the grant, EPA expects to provide up to $535,000 annually for up to five years (fiscal years 2015 through 2019), subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and other applicable considerations. The goal of the PREP program is to provide educational training to develop or enhance the abilities of states, tribes and territories to implement pesticide regulatory and enforcement programs or undertake new initiatives. The training includes pesticide program issues (e.g., water quality, pesticide product registration, applicator certification and training, worker safety), compliance and enforcement, and other support topics (e.g., risk communication, managerial and leadership training). The PREP training is intended for senior-level management with pesticide regulatory programs in states, tribes and U.S. territories working under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Cooperative Agreement with EPA. PREP builds networks and collaborative working relationships among states, tribes, territories and EPA and other federal agencies to more effectively utilize limited resources.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Sulfoxaflor; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions -- establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of sulfoxaflor, N-[methyloxido[1-[6-(trifluoromethyl)-3- pyridinyl]ethyl]- [lambda]\4\-sulfanylidene]cyanamide, including its metabolites and degradates in or on sorghum, grain; sorghum, forage; and sorghum, stover (Jan. 28)
- Flupyradifurone; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of flupyradifurone in or on multiple commodities (Jan. 23)
- Fosetyl-Al; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of Aluminum tris (O-ethylphosphonate) (fosetyl-Al) in or on pepper/eggplant, subgroup 8-10B. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) (Jan. 16)
- Chlorpyrifos Registration Review; Revised Human Health Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability -- announces the availability of EPA's revised human health risk assessment for the registration review of chlorpyrifos and opens a public comment period on this document (Jan. 14)
December Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Newsletter
The December webcast is on engaging youth in manure management. The last newsletter of 2014changes the format by having an "around the horns" section where stories are sorted by topic. Check it out and let us know if you like it! We include manure to energy, soils, biosecurity & PEDv, nutrient management, climate change, winter manure spreading and much more...
December 23, 2014
Nominations for EPA New England’s Annual Environmental Merit Awards-Deadline is January 30, 2015
EPA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 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. These regional awards have been given out annually since EPA was created in 1970. Past recipients have included scientists, community activists, business representatives, public officials and other individuals committed to preserving the environment. An independent EPA panel will select the winners based on the following criteria: long-term effects on the environment; ability to address an environmental problem or need; collaboration with others; ability of the program or accomplishments to be widely shared; clarity and effectiveness of the presentation; and promotion of innovative ideas or techniques. Awards are traditionally given in four categories: individual; business, industry, trade, and professional organization; local, state or federal government; and environmental, community or non-profit organization.
EPA Announces Availability of $2.7 Million in Environmental Education Local Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $2,730,000 of funding for Environmental Education Local Grants. The maximum allowed grant under the program is $91,000. The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. The grants program also provides participants with the opportunity to develop skills needed in order to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.
December 19, 2014
EPA Finalizes Revisions to Export Labeling Regulations
EPA is finalizing its regulations on pesticide export labeling. Today’s rule corrects the inadvertent removal of a provision that occurred in the January 2013 revisions to these regulations. EPA is restoring the provision that allows information required under the regulations to be placed on collateral labeling (such as bulletins, leaflets, circulars, brochures, data sheets, or flyers) attached to a shipping container of pesticide products rather than on the immediate package of each individual product in the shipment.
December 18, 2014
EPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its annual enforcement and compliance results reflecting a focus on large cases driving industry compliance and that have a high impact on protecting public health and the environment. “By taking on large, high impact enforcement cases, EPA is helping to level the playing field for companies that play by the rules, while maximizing our ability to protect the communities we serve across the country,” said Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Despite challenges posed by budget cuts and a government shutdown, we secured major settlements in key industry sectors and brought criminal violators to justice. This work resulted in critical investments in advanced technologies and innovative approaches to reduce pollution and improve compliance.”
December 17, 2014
EPA Prevents Harmful Chemicals from Entering the Marketplace
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to protect the public from certain chemicals that have the potential to cause a range of health effects from cancer to reproductive and developmental harm to people and aquatic organisms. “We are committed to protecting all Americans from exposure to harmful chemicals used in domestic and imported products,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. “There must be a level playing field for U.S. businesses – which is why we’re targeting harmful chemicals no longer used in the U.S. that find their way into commerce, sometimes through imported products. This final action will give EPA the opportunity to restrict or limit any new uses of these chemicals, including imported goods with these chemicals.”
December 16, 2014
TODAY: EPA, USDA and White House to Highlight New Market-Based Water Quality Trading Program in Virginia
On Tuesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will hold a press conference with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, VA farmer to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program that Virginia has embraced to encourage economic investments and reduce phosphorus pollution to local waterways in order to meet water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay.
Pesticide News Story: Upgrades to Endangered Species Web Tool: Bulletins Live! Two
EPA is releasing Bulletins Live! Two, an upgraded version of Bulletins Live!, a web-based map application used to access geographically-specific threatened and endangered species protection Bulletins. This system is an important tool for pesticide users since it makes it easier to find pesticide use limitations for specific areas. Go to www.epa.gov/oppfead1/endanger/bulletins.htm to view the new application. Please note, if you are using Internet Explorer and have accessed Bulletins Live! in the past, you will need to clear your history or set your browser to check for newer versions of stored pages. Bulletins generated by the application contain enforceable, geographically-specific pesticide use limitations that are necessary to ensure using a pesticide will not harm a threatened or endangered species or their critical habitat designated under the Endangered Species Act. A reference to Bulletins on a pesticide label ensures that the Bulletin’s pesticide use limitations are enforceable under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
December 15, 2014
Status Report to Congress on Endangered Species Act Implementation in Pesticide Regulation
The EPA and its federal partners, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), have written a report to Congress on the status of Endangered Species Act implementation in pesticide regulation. The EPA and its federal partners are committed to refining their approach to pesticide consultations to protect endangered and threatened species.
This report was required by the 2014 Farm Bill and summarizes actions carried out by the agencies since receiving the April 2013, National Academy of Sciences’ report, entitled “Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.”
December 9, 2014
Guidance for Disinfectant Product Advertising and other Non-label Communication Referring to Enterovirus D68
EPA has established guidance for companies that manufacture or sell disinfectant products that can be used against Enterovirus D68 regarding what can be said in non-label communication for the disinfectants. This guidance is based on criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the use of antimicrobial products for disinfection of Enterovirus D68 on environmental surfaces. The full guidance is available online: http://epa.gov/oppad001/enterovirus-d68-guidance.html.
December 10, 2014
Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Agricultural Science Committee
EPA invites nominations for the SAB Ag Science Committee (link to the FR Notice) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites public nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Agricultural Science Committee to provide advice to the chartered SAB regarding matters referred to the SAB that will have a significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related industries. Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than January 30, 2015.
December 8, 2014
TOMORROW: EPA Administrator to Deliver Remarks at Two Events at the National Press Club
Tomorrow, December 9, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will participate in two events at the National Press Club. At 12:30 p.m. she will deliver remarks at Green 2.0 and New America Media’s public briefing, “Breaking the Green Ceiling”, followed by a speech at 1p.m. at the Safe Drinking Water Act 40th Anniversary Forum. Both events are open to members of the media, and press should follow directions below to RSVP.
December 5, 2014
Pesticide News Story: Announcing the SmartLabel Pilot Program
In an effort to make pesticide label information easier to find and the approval of pesticide labels more efficient, EPA is working with pesticide registrants to pilot an electronic label system. As part of the SmartLabel pilot, nine pesticide registrants will be developing and submitting pesticide labels to EPA through a fully electronic system instead of as paper or PDF files. One of the goals of the SmartLabel system is to make label information more quickly available to the public in an easily searchable format. As a fully electronic system, SmartLabel will make the label approval process more efficient by creating standardized label sections for all pesticide labels. The system will also make it easier to compare previous label versions without losing the necessary flexibility to make a label appropriate for each product.
December 3, 2014
Obama Administration Selects 26 Communities to Develop Local Food Projects, Encourage Economic Expansion/ Local Foods, Local Places Initiative encourages creative economic development in 26 communities in 19 states
Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support, to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically identified local food projects. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains.
USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Affairs Doug O’Brien and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl made the announcement in Wheeling, W.Va. Wheeling will receive Local Foods, Local Places support to transition the historic and underused Vineyard Hill, into a productive regional hub for diversified local food production and value added products. The officials will also visit Youngstown, OH, which will receive Local Foods, Local Places support to reclaim vacant property for local food production.
December 2, 2014
Pesticide News Story: EPA Workshop on Inert Ingredient PRIA Applications
On December 16, 2014, EPA will host a half-day workshop on the application process for the use of inert ingredients in pesticide products. The workshop will take place in Arlington, Virginia. The goal of the workshop is to clarify the necessary elements of an application for approval to use an inert ingredient in a pesticide product. Complete application packages save applicants time and money, and reduce the number of application rejections
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Natamycin; Amendment to an Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the biochemical pesticide natamycin in or on pineapples (Dec. 17)
- Fluopyram; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of fluopyram in or on multiple commodities (Dec. 17)
- Alpha-cypermethrin; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes a tolerance for residues of alpha- cypermethrin in or on food (Dec. 10)
- Hexythiazox; Pesticide Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions -- establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of hexythiazox in or on sugar beet root (Dec. 10)
- Diisopropanolamine; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of diisopropanolamine when used as an inert ingredient (neutralizer or stabilizer) at no more than 10% in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops or to raw agricultural commodities after harvest (Dec. 10)
- C.I. Pigment Yellow 1; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of C.I. Pigment Yellow 1 (butanamide, 2- (4-methyl-2-nitrophenyl) azo -3-oxo-N-phenyl-) when used as an inert ingredient as a colorant in seed treatment formulations not to exceed 10% weight(wt)/wt under 40 CFR 180.920 (Dec. 10)
- 2,5-Furandione, Polymer With Methoxyethene, Butyl Ethyl Ester, Sodium Salt; Tolerance Exemption -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2,5-Furandione, polymer with methoxyethene, butyl ethyl ester, sodium salt; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation (Dec. 5)
- Oxirane, Phenyl, Polymer With Oxirane, Monooctyl Ether; Tolerance Exemption -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of oxirane, phenyl, polymer with oxirane, monooctyl ether; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation (Dec. 3)
- Receipt of Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Bacillus subtilis Strain IAB/BS03; Reopening of Comment Period -- EPA issued a document in the Federal Register of September 12, 2013, announcing the filing of a pesticide tolerance petition for residues of the fungicide, Bacillus subtilis strain IAB/BS03 (Dec. 3)