Entries tagged with: Epa

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