NPMA Policy in Progress - Dec 11, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Posted by: Jody Rosen Atkins
A Week in Review – 5 Things You Need to Know this Friday
1.) Congress Extends Spending Bill Deadline Until December 16th
On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to avert a government shutdown before a midnight deadline. The Senate passed the bill on Thursday, and now with House approval the President has agreed to sign the bill before midnight tonight. The bill extends the deadline to Wednesday December 16 on passing the spending omnibus. Party leaders have indicated that an agreement in principal has been reached on the omnibus, but there remains some details to work-out and riders to negotiate. Of special interest to our industry is that the tax-extender rider is currently being negotiated as part of the final deal, and we are continuing to push for an indefinite extension of the section 179 property deduction.
Congressional leaders are expected to remain in Washington through the weekend, with a projected goal of releasing the omnibus by Monday for House approval, prior to be sent to the Senate.
2.) NPMA Attends SFIREG MP3 Committee Meeting
On Wednesday morning, NPMA participated in a meeting of the State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Joint Working Committee on Performance Measures for Managed Pollinator Protection Plans (MP3). Although it’s a long and fancy name, this group has been created to make important recommendations to EPA on performance measures and metrics that will assist in the future evaluation of state MP3s. Although the group did not come to a conclusion on final recommendations, it did discuss initial thoughts on how these plans can be successfully implemented and measured. NPMA will continue to be involved in this process and provide additional information as it is crafted.
3.) EPA Smart Labeling Webinar
NPMA Public Policy Team members attended an EPA-led Smart Labeling Webinar. In an effort to make pesticide label information easier to find and the approval of pesticide labels more efficient, EPA is working with pesticide registrants on an electronic label system. As part of the SmartLabeling, pesticide labels are sent to the EPA through a fully electronic system, instead of as paper or PDF files. One of the goals of the SmartLabel system is to make label information more quickly available to the public in an easily searchable format. As a fully electronic system, SmartLabel will make the label approval process more efficient by creating standardized label sections for all pesticide labels. The system will also make it easier to compare previous label versions without losing the necessary flexibility to make a label appropriate for each product. Other benefits articulated by the EPA included: standardized and defined vocabularies, reduced need for interpretation, increased consistency in reviews, and reduced review time.
4.) NPMA Attends SFIREG Meeting
NPMA Public Policy team members met with state regulators this week in Crystal City during the December State FIFRA Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) full committee meeting. During the meeting State Regulators and EPA discussed many pesticide related topics, but most importantly for us the EPA proposed Certification and Training rule was a hot topic, and the meeting was a platform for state regulators to express their displeasure with many components of the rule and the short comment period. Topics also discussed at the meeting included: State managed pollinator protection plans (MP3s), drones, label efficacy claims, inspections and regional reports. SFIREG will meet again as a full committee in June 2017.
5.) New Policy Allows QualityPro Certified Companies to Access E-Key Service for Termite Inspections
This week the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service (CVR MLS) passed a policy, effective January 4, 2016, that allows NPMA QualityPro Certified companies to obtain a CVR MLS Service Provider Limited Access E-Key to conduct termite inspections. Prior to this policy, only REALTORS® could obtain a Limited Access E-Key for termite inspections. This new policy makes the inspection more convenient for REALTORS® and ensures that inspections are performed by the certified QualityPro companies. Read the full press release and policy language. The NPMA Public Policy Staff in coordination with QualityPro staff will discuss efforts to expand this program with the National Association of Realtors in early 2016.
Bonus: Degesch Phostoxin Special Permit Update
This summer NPMA provided an interpretation on Department of Transportation’s guidelines on a special permit to transport Phostoxin. This week NPMA has received an official response from DOT confirming our interpretation that DOT-SP 11329 remains active and valid.
Click here to view the letter from DOT.
Bonus: NPMA Industry Relations Team ISO Staff Scientist
The National Pest Management Association is seeking a scientist to join its team. Reporting to the Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Services, the entomologist/staff scientist is an integral part of providing technical services to association members. Click here for the complete job description and to apply.
Bonus: Launch of NPMA State Policy Affairs Representative (SPAR) Program
The NPMA Public Policy Team is excited to announce the launch of the State Policy Affairs Representative (SPAR) program on Tuesday, December 15 through a strategy-intensive webinar with SPARs from 46 states. The SPAR program is an important method for strengthening and defending the pest management industry at a state and grassroots level. To view resources provided to the NPMA SPARs click here.