Entries tagged with: Epa

EPA staff to tour potato fields

The National Potato Council's Policy Makers and Regulators Field Tour is set for Aug. 16-18. The tour offers EPA staff the opportunity to see potato production, discuss pesticide utilization, and interact with farmers. The 2016 tour will take place in various locations surrounding Park Rapids, Minnesota. A dozen staff from EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, including members of the divisions that handle product registrations and reviews, will make visits to the local farms of Pete Ewing and…  » Read more
Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

A shroud of scaffolding covers the Capitol Dome these days, as one of the world’s most iconic symbols of democracy undergoes a $60 million renovation. Under the towering presence of the Capitol, advocates for the potato industry came to Washington, D.C., for the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2016 Potato D.C. Fly-In.  More than 130 people, including 22 from the Potato Industry Leadership Institute, flew or drove to the nation’s capital to attend the Fly-In, from…  » Read more

EPA approves expansion for Luna fungicides

Bayer announced the EPA has approved an expanded label for Luna fungicides permitting use on a larger group of fruit, nut and vegetable crops. Once approved in relevant states, these label expansions will be effective across a broad geographical range of markets from California and the Pacific Northwest to Florida, the company said. According to Bayer, the new labels expand the Luna registration to crops such as citrus, table and raisin grapes, berries, leafy vegetables, tomatoes, pome and stone fruit, and a variety of other…  » Read more

Marrone Bio submits novel biofungicide to EPA

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. announced that it has submitted MBI-110, a new biological fungicide, to the EPA. A broad spectrum product, MBI-110 is especially notable for its activity on downy mildews and white molds, as shown in two years of field trials in the U.S., Canada and Europe, according to Marrone Bio. MBI-110 is the result of MBI’s directed screening discovery program to find a solution that addresses fungi that cause downy mildew on grapes, potatoes, leafy greens and…  » Read more

EPA report: neonicotinoid poses threat to bees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration withCalifornia’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, shows that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators. The preliminary risk assessment identified a residue level for imidacloprid of 25 ppb, which sets a threshold above which effects on pollinator hives…  » Read more

Simplot, EPA and DOJ reach emission reduction agreement

EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have reached a settlement with J.R. Simplot that resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations related to modifications made at Simplot’s five sulfuric acid plants near Lathrop, California, Pocatello, Idaho and Rock Springs, Wyoming. Simplot has agreed to spend an estimated $42 million to install, upgrade and operate pollution controls that will cut sulfur dioxide emissions at all five plants, fund a wood-stove replacement project in the area surrounding…  » Read more

EPA proposes stronger rules for certified applicators of RUPs

The EPA has proposed to revise the certification of pesticide applicators rule. The proposal would require more training and stronger certification standards for pesticide applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides (RUPs). The EPA proposal would require all RUP applicators to be at least 18 years old. An applicator’s certification would have to be renewed every three years. The EPA also is proposing additional specialized licensing for fumigation and aerial application. RUPs are not available for purchase…  » Read more

Simplot’s Innate potatoes receive FDA safety clearance

The Food and Drug Administration has completed its evaluation of J. R. Simplot’s genetically engineered Innate variety potatoes and has concluded that the potatoes “are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts” in this press release. Simplot’s Innate varieties of Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic will be available in limited quantities in 2015 in the fresh and fresh-cut markets. A second generation of Innate potatoes are currently under review by the USDA and…  » Read more

Sivanto receives EPA registration

Bayer CropScience has received registration from the EPA for its new Sivanto insecticide.             Sivanto was developed to control sucking pests on fruits and vegetables and will be available for the 2015 growing season.             Sivanto is a systemic insecticide for control of sucking pests such as aphids, whiteflies, hoppers, psyllids and other insects. It acts on all mobile stages including larvae and adults.             Sivanto is based on the active ingredient flupyradifurone, which belongs…  » Read more

Comment period extended for proposed revisions to WPS

EPA is extending the comment period for proposed revisions to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) an additional 60 days, until Aug. 18. The proposed changes include, increased frequency of mandatory training, from once every five years to annually. Expanded, mandatory posting of no-entry signs for the most hazardous pesticides and children under 16 will be prohibited from handling pesticides, with an exemption for family farms. For  a complete overview of WPS proposed changes and to…  » Read more

Public comment period open for proposed rule to CWA

The public comment period for a proposed rule by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) is now open. The proposed rule clarifies protection for streams and waters. Proposed definitions of waters will apply to all CWA programs. The public comment period will close on Monday, July 21, 2014. To submit a comment online or for information on other ways to submit comments visit this…  » Read more

EPA releases long-range plan

            The EPA released its fiscal year 2014–2018 strategic plan. The plan is a blueprint for the EPA’s direction in the next four years.             The five strategic goals in the EPA’s plan include: Addressing climate change and improving air quality Protection of America’s waters Cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development Ensuring the safety of chemicals and preventing pollutions Protection of human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.             For…  » Read more

Public meeting to address CCPR agenda scheduled for April 10

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in conjunction with the EPA is sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and on draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 46th session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR), which will be held in Nanjing, China from May 5-10. The public meeting will be held on April 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, at the…  » Read more

EPA, Army Corps of Engineers propose rule to Clean Water Act

The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule clarifies protection for streams and waters. Proposed definitions of waters will apply to all CWA programs. The proposal does not protect any new types of waters that have not historically been covered under the CWA. The proposed rule clarifies that under the CWA: 1) Most seasonal and rain dependent streams…  » Read more

EPA proposes revisions to protect farm workers

EPA has proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard to protect farm workers from pesticide exposure. The revisions include improvements in worker training in the safe usage of pesticides and how to treat pesticide exposure. EPA has proposed that children under 16 be barred from handling all pesticides, with an exemption for family farms. For more information on the proposed worker protection standard and for public comment the EPA website .

EPA rule clears way for sequestration technologies

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that helps create a national framework to ensure safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. The new rule clarifies that carbon dioxide streams captured from emission sources, injected underground via Underground Injection Control Class VI wells are approved for the purpose of geologic sequestration under the Safe Drinking Water Act. CCS technologies allow carbon dioxide to be captured at stationary sources,…  » Read more