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EnviroBytes, a Summary of Issues and Events for the Week Ending July 23, 2010

EPA URGES LANCASTER FARMERS TO REDUCE GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION AND MANURE DISCHARGE TO COMPLY WITH CHESAPEAKE BAY REGULATIONS

EPA is urging farmers throughout Lancaster County and the Muddy Run Watershed (a tributary of the Susquehanna River located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed) to comply with federal/state regulations designed to reduce nutrient, sediment and other pollution to protect the water quality of the watershed and the Bay.  Farmers can receive assistance to implement and meet the required water quality protection goals. Farms that do not have these plans in place by Dec. 3 may be subjected to more stringent permitting requirements.  For more information visit: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/initiatives/chesapeakebay.html

EPA SEEKS SMALL BUSINESS INPUT ON PROPOSED STORMWATER RULE TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY

EPA is inviting small businesses and municipalities to provide input on a proposed stormwater rule to strengthen and expand the national stormwater program under the Clean Water Act.  The goal is to protect water quality, reduce stormwater discharges and groundwater contamination from developed sites (subdivisions, roadways, industrial facilities, and commercial buildings or shopping centers) and to reduce the potential burden the proposed regulation may have on small entities.  Nominations must be received by Aug. 4, 2010.
For more information on participating in the panel: http://www.epa.gov/sbrefa/stormwater.htm
For more information about the rulemaking: http://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemakin

FDA JOINS EPA AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES TO IMPROVE SCREENING FOR TOXICITY IN CHEMICALS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has joined the Tox21 partnership [including EPA, the National Institute of Health Chemical Genomics Center and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program merging and improving the methods used to screen hazardous chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment.  Tox21's robotic screening and single informatics platform screens thousands of chemicals a day for toxicological activity in cells that would take one person a year to do by hand.  EPA contributes to Tox21 through the Toxcast program.
For more information on the Tox21 collaboration, go to  http://epa.gov/ncct/Tox21/
For more information on ToxCast: http://epa.gov/ncct/toxcast/

 


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