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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 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
- 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)
August 29, 2014
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)
Pesticide News Story: Get Answers to Your Questions about Pesticide Ingredients in EPA’s Newest Resource Directory
The Pesticide Program’s newest resource directory is titled “Ingredients Used in Pesticide Products” and contains valuable information on pesticide product chemicals, both active and inert ingredients. The target audiences for the resource directory include consumers, press, and registrants interested in finding out more about a pesticide ingredient. The directory explains the different types of pesticides and ingredients. It currently contains fact sheets on a few of the more commonly searched-for active ingredients and pesticides groups, and more will be added over time. Our online databases of chemicals, inert ingredients, and pesticide product labels are also conveniently provided in the directory. The Ingredients Used in Pesticide Products resource directory can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products.
July 24, 2014
EPA Kicks Off Third-Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge to Develop Innovative Approaches to Stormwater Management
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that engages college students in developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change.
Through Campus RainWorks, teams of undergraduate and graduate students, working with a faculty advisor, develop a proposed green infrastructure project for the campus, showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and the environment.
EPA Seeks Comments on Potential Revisions to its Risk Management Program
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Request for Information (RFI) to seek comment on potential revisions to its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations and related programs to modernize its regulations as required under Executive Order (EO) 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.
July 23, 2014
Pestcide News Story: Registration Review Proposed Interim Decisions for Nine Pesticides Now Available for Public Comment
The EPA is releasing for public review and comment proposed interim Registration Review decisions on nine pesticides.
These proposals reflect the EPA’s progress in moving from the early stage of registration review, in which new dockets are opened and work plans are established for pesticides beginning the process, to the later stage in which human health and ecological risk assessments are updated as needed and risk mitigation decisions are developed, with input from stakeholders and the public.
July 17, 2014
EPA Introduces New Graphic to Help Consumers Make Informed Choices about Insect Repellents
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new graphic that will be available to appear on insect repellent product labels. The graphic will show consumers how many hours a product will repel mosquitoes and/or ticks when used as directed.
July 16, 2014
EPA Administrator McCarthy to attend Commission on Environmental Cooperation
Today and Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will join host Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan José Guerra Abud in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada for the 21st Regular Session of the Council for the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
During the council session, Administrator McCarthy will discuss the Strategic Priorities for 2015-2020 and the Operational Plan for 2013-2014. Primary topics for discussion include mitigating and adapting to climate change, incorporating traditional ecological knowledge into environmental decision-making, and the pursuit of green growth and sustainable practices in North America.
July 15, 2014
Zep Inc. Pays $905,000 for Alleged Violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
Zep Inc., located in Atlanta, GA, has agreed to pay $905,000 to resolve alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. As part of the settlement, Zep Inc., has certified that it is now in compliance with FIFRA.
The alleged violations are related to the sale and distribution of the unregistered and misbranded pesticide, “Formula 165”, ” as a supplemental distributor without first obtaining a supplemental distribution agreement with the registrant between April 21, 2010, and January 6, 2012. The lack of a supplemental agreement also meant that ZEP Inc. was not authorized to manufacture or sell or distribute the pesticide.
EPA Honors Dunwoody’s Sprouts Farmers Market for its Climate Protection Efforts
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Sprouts Farmers Market of Dunwoody, Georgia, for its innovative climate-friendly refrigeration technology. Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney presented the store with a GreenChill Platinum-Level Store Certification, the highest honor under the GreenChill Partnership program, for its deployment of a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system.
The innovative technology being used in this store is recognized by EPA as both a major accomplishment under GreenChill as well as a significant step toward achieving the President’s Climate Action Plan goal to cut emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent greenhouse gases.
July 14, 2014
EPA Proposes Revision to Pesticide Export Labeling Regulations
The EPA is proposing to revise its regulations on pesticide export labeling. Once final, this rule would correct the inadvertent removal of a provision of the regulations that occurred in the January 2013 revisions to these regulations.
July 7, 2014
EPA Takes Action To Bring Suffolk County Company into Compliance with Pesticides Regulations; Fines Company for Selling Unregistered Cleaning and Surface Disinfectant Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Air Techniques, Inc. of Melville, New York, to settle violations of federal law governing pesticides. The company, which sells wholesale cleaners and a surface disinfectant that are used to clean instruments, equipment and surfaces in dental offices and medical facilities, sold unregistered pesticides and imported pesticides into the U.S. without proper notification. The company will pay a $375,000 penalty and come into compliance with federal pesticide law.
Media Call Advisory: EPA Administrator to Preview Missouri Visit with Farmers and Discussion of Efforts to Protect U.S. Waterways
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will hold a press call tomorrow, Tuesday, July 8 at 9:00 a.m. EDT to preview her trip to Missouri on Wednesday and Thursday. While in Missouri, McCarthy will meet with farmers, stakeholders and agribusiness leaders to discuss Waters of the US, a proposed rule that clarifies and protects our nations’ waters under the Clean Water Act.
Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates
- Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2014 and 2015 Critical Use Exemption from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide -- EPA is authorizing uses that qualify for the critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced or imported for those uses for both the 2014 and 2015 control periods (July 31)
- Zoxamide; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of zoxamide in or on onion, bulb, subgroup 3-07A (July 18)
- Polyoxyalkylated Trimethylopropanes; Tolerance Exemption -- establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of polyoxyalkylated trimethylopropanes with 20 to 80 moles of ethylene and/or propylene oxide, fatty acid esters with C8 through C22 aliphatic alkanoic and/or alkenoic fatty acids, branched or linear, the resulting polyoxyalkylene trimethylopropane esters having a minimum molecular weight (MW) of 3,000 when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation (July 18)
- Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment; Correction -- EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of June 25, 2014, concerning the opening for public comment period for several registration reviews (July 16)
- Amitraz, Carfentrazone-ethyl, Ethephon, Malathion, Mancozeb, et al.; Proposed Tolerance Actions -- EPA is proposing to revoke certain tolerances for the fungicides spiroxamine and triflumizole, the herbicides carfentrazone- ethyl and quizalofop ethyl; the insecticides amitraz, oxamyl, propetamphos, and spinosad; and the plant growth regulators ethephon and mepiquat (July 11)
- Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request -- announces EPA's receipt of an application, 67760- EUP-R, from Cheminova, Inc., 160 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22209, requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the chemical Flutriafol (July 9)
- Pesticide Chemicals; Registration Review; Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability -- This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of chlorfenapyr, fenoxaprop-p-ethyl, flumiclorac-pentyl, maleic hydrazide, sulfentrazone, and tebuthiuron and opens a public comment period (July 1)
- Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Recordkeeping Requirements for Producers, Registrants, and Applicants of Pesticides and Pesticide Devices Under Section 8 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (Renewal) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Recordkeeping Requirements for Producers, Registrants, and Applicants of Pesticides and Pesticide Devices under Section 8 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)'' (EPA ICR No. 0143.12, OMB Control No. 2070- 0028) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (July 1)