5 Things You Should Know from NPMA
Monday, May 25, 2015
- Pollinator Protection at SFIREG Meeting
Pollinator Protection was a hot topic at the State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) meeting in Arlington, VA earlier this week. NPMA Public Policy staff was in attendance and briefed by EPA on the Pollinator Health Task Force’s report to the President, which is due later this month. EPA representatives indicated that part of the recommendation would include pollinator protective language to be included on a wide range of pesticide products whose active ingredients are toxic to bees. This change along with references to State Managed Pollinator Protection Plans will be outlined in a EPA Policy Paper that should become available for public comment during the first part of 2016.
Additionally, SFIREG unveiled its Draft Guidance for State Lead Agencies for the Development and Implementation of Managed Pollinator Protection Plans, which is attached. The group is asking States for feedback by February 1st and intends to finalize the recommendations, which EPA is expected to embrace, by March 1st.
Also of interest was the report of the attached draft memorandum of agreement between the EPA and three manufacturers of methomyl containing fly baits. The Agreement is intended to help discourage the illegal misuse of these products for wildlife control. The agreement highlights changes to labels, changes in container size, control of distribution into professional channels of trade only, and educational efforts to discourage misuse.
Congress Approves Chemical Security Legislation
The House and Senate this week both approved and sent to President Obama for his signature legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for four years. Initially authorized in October of 2006 for a three year period, the program has since been authorized on an annual or ad hoc basis through annual or short term funding legislation. The four-year authorization will provide more certainty to both DHS and the regulated community. While the overwhelming majority of PMPs are not subject to CFATS, fumigators that possess certain amounts of phosphine or aluminum or magnesium phosphide are covered by the program and must submit Top-Screens and other information to DHS.
Tucson Advisory Committee Recommends IPM Policy Minus Pesticide Ban Provision
A committee that advises the Tucson City Council on landscaping issues this week recommended to the Council a resolution endorsing people and pollinator friendly landscape maintenance practices and development of a citywide integrated pest management program. Earlier versions of the measure contained language banning the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on city property but those provisions were removed after members of the Arizona Pest Professional Organization explained the problems with a ban. The resolution will be forwarded to and eventually taken up by the City Council, likely sometime in February. NPMA’s Policy Staff view this positive outcome as a template and learning experience in which we intend to build momentum and develop a playbook around to share with members as other cities are petitioned by activist group to ban neonics.
View copies of the resolutions below
Government Funding Legislation Contains Directive on Fumigation Tax Rulemaking
The explanatory statement accompanying the government funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2015 that the U.S. House of Representatives approved yesterday evening directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to meet with pest management professionals and other stakeholders impacted by a proposed rulemaking increasing and establishing new Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) fees including a $375 fee for overseeing import fumigations. Specifically, APHIS officials are directed to meet with stakeholders within 30 days of enactment of the funding legislation.
NPMA has joined with many other groups to push back against the AQI fee increase rulemaking including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, American Trucking Associations, Cruise Lines International Association, American Association of Port Authorities and about 20 other organizations. NPMA worked with these groups to include a provision about the rulemaking in the government funding legislation.
Public Policy Staff Visits Boise for the Idaho Environmental Care Association Pest Expo
The Idaho Environmental Care Association held their annual Pest Expo in Boise this week and NPMA was invited to speak about Pesticide Use, Label Language Changes and National Regulatory Updates. A record crowd of more than 250 applicators filled the meeting room to learn about the most recent changes to neonicotinoid labels, state pollinator protection plans and NPMA’s plan to provide a Pollinator Playbook to help combat misguided local legislation restricting neonicotinoid usage intended to protect pollinators.
The NPMA Policy Team
LAC RESOLUTION TO CITY
Draft MOU for Methomyl
Draft SFIREG Guidance for State Pollinator Plans