University Park, Pa. -- Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honeybees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.
EPA’s response to the petition, “Pesticides in the Air – Kids At Risk: Petition to EPA to Protect Children From Pesticide Drift,” dated March 31, 2014, has been posted to the Web. The petition was submitted in October 2009 by Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice on behalf of a group of health and environmental organizations that included Pesticide Action Network North America and the United Farmworkers. Related documents are available at www.regulations.gov in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0825, and the agency's response will also be posted there shortly.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement with Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and Wellmark International to cancel flea and tick pet collars containing propoxur marketed under the trade names including Bansect, Sentry, Zodiac and Biospot. “This action is another example of EPA’s efforts to protect children from pesticide risks,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. This voluntary move will get to an expedient result that protects people’s health.”
WASHINGTON —Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard in order to protect the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure.
Release Date: 12/20/2013 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Harrell’s LLC, a pesticide producer based in Lakeland, Fla., has agreed to pay $1,736,560 in civil penalties for allegedly distributing and selling misbranded pesticides and other violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The penalty is one of the largest ever for an enforcement case under FIFRA.
Gun violence this fall at schools and colleges across the nation helps keep a contemporary legend alive. One version of the legend tells of a church receptionist working in a high risk area who kept a can of wasp spray on her desk for self defense. The legend, usually spread by email, suggests wasp spray draws less attention than a can of pepper spray and is effective against violence.
EPA News Story, September 4, 2013. The management of bed bugs continues to pose a major challenge to state and local governments, private industry and the American public. EPA is inviting comment on the Draft Federal Strategy on Bed Bugs which provides guidance for how the various levels of government can contribute to minimizing the negative effects of bed bug infestations on human health and the economy.
Penn State News, August 28, 2013. Some Pennsylvanians may be holding their breath wondering what the state’s three recently reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) mean for enjoying the last few weeks of summer. 2012 was one of the United States' worst outbreaks of the virus, and news reports late last summer may have led you to believe that you were in danger of catching the disease spread to humans by mosquitoes. What reporters didn't tell you is that regardless of the threat level, WNV creates no real cause for alarm for most people.
August 15, 2013. WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. “Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure and these label changes will further our efforts,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
From EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs An electronic Buffer Zone Calculator is available in EPA’s Soil Fumigant Toolbox. The EPA developed this new tool to help soil fumigant applicators, growers, enforcement personnel and others determine the buffer zone distances now required by soil fumigant product labels. Buffer zones provide distance between the edge of fields treated with pesticides and bystanders, people who live, work or otherwise spend time nearby.
Kerry Richards, Ph.D., director of the Pesticide Education Program, Penn State University, is quoted in this press release from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA).
A new publication offered by the Pesticide Education Program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provides recommendations for preventing and controlling infestations of wood-destroying insects. Although aimed primarily at pest-control professionals, "Wood-Destroying Pests" provides information useful to homeowners who are confronting the problems the pests cause.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The itch of a mosquito bite is one of the common nuisances of summer. But with mosquito populations seemingly exploding this year -- and cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus reaching unprecedented numbers nationally -- it's a good idea to take a few simple precautions to reduce the chances of being bitten, says an urban entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Pennsylvania’s first human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) of 2012 have been detected. A Franklin County woman is now recovering after being hospitalized with meningitis due to WNV. A Lancaster County woman is also recovering after contracting West Nile fever, the milder form of WNV. Statewide sampling shows higher numbers of WNV-infected mosquitoes than any other summer since monitoring began 10 years ago. This is likely due to last year’s mild winter.
(EPA Pesticide News Story, July 18, 2012) EPA is requiring significant reductions in application rates and mandatory buffers around sensitive sites to protect children and other bystanders who live, attend school, play, or otherwise spend time next to sites where chlorpyrifos is applied. To ensure timely implementation of the spray drift mitigation, EPA is taking steps to make sure that the new use restrictions appear on all chlorpyrifos agricultural product labels starting in late 2012.
Neuroscientist Mona Thiruchelvam agrees to retract two studies linking neurodegeneration to pesticides.
Before reading the "Dinotefuran Section 18 Emergency Exemption Registration in PA for BMSB Control" article in the Fruit Times newsletter, read the following to understand what a Section 18 Emergency Exemption is.
U.S. poison centers answer more than four million calls each year. That’s one call every eight seconds! This March marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week. In honor of this important occasion, the U.S. EPA is hosting a conference call on poison prevention with Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on Monday, March 19 at 10:30am EDT.
DuPont said it plans to stop selling and recall its widely used Imprelis herbicide after customers and several lawsuits complained that the treatment has killed thousands of trees.
To better protect children, pets and wildlife, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is moving to ban the sale to residential consumers of the most toxic rat and mouse poisons, as well as most loose bait and pellet products. The agency is also requiring that all newly registered rat and mouse poisons marketed to residential consumers be enclosed in bait stations that render the pesticide inaccessible to children and pets.