News Worth Noting: Enhanced pesticide regulations for chloropicrin, Study on oil recovery techniques, Toxic release inventory data

CDPR LogoCalifornia Department of Pesticide Regulation announces enhanced pesticide regulations for chloropicrin:The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has announced new rules for the use of the pesticide chloropicrin, providing enhanced protections for people who work and live near fields treated with the fumigant.  Chloropicrin is injected into the soil to control pests which threaten a variety of crops including strawberries, raspberries, almonds, tomatoes, peppers, and melons. The fumigant is used in many counties including Ventura, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Joaquin, and Fresno.  “Once again California is ensuring that the communities where we produce and grow food, are protected from harm,” said DPR Director Brian Leahy. “These new measures are an additional safeguard for nearby residents. Our regulatory program is the most stringent in the nation and sets an example for other states to follow.” ... ”  Read more here:  California Department of Pesticide Regulation announces enhanced pesticide regulations for chloropicrin

cnra logoNatural Resources Agency releases Independent Science Study on Oil Recovery Techniques:  “Following months of considered, peer-reviewed scientific research, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) today released Volume I of the independent scientific assessment of well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing, in California, as required by Senate Bill 4.  “This assessment represents the consensus findings of this diverse group of scientists on the future of oil and gas production in California and on the types of well stimulation treatments occurring in the state,” said Dr. Steven Bohlen, State Oil and Gas Supervisor and a former researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and former Associate Chief Geologist for Science at the U.S. Geological Survey. “With this data we can provide greater focus on the potential environmental impacts of these activities, and the main concerns of our strong oversight will be to work towards ensuring these techniques are conducted transparently, based on sound science and in ways that protect the environment and public safety.” … ”  Read more from the Natural Resources Agency here:  Natural Resources Agency releases Independent Science Study on Oil Recovery Techniques

epa-logoEPA issues 2013 Toxic Release Inventory data for Pacific Southwest region:Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report that showed that the majority of toxic chemicals managed at industrial facilities in the U.S. were not released into the environment. Nationally in 2013, approximately 84 percent of the 26 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were managed through the use of preferred practices such as recycling. Of the 4 billion pounds that were disposed of or otherwise released to the environment, 66 percent went to land, 19 percent to air, 5 percent to water, and 10 percent was transferred to other facilities. Individual fact sheets for the Pacific Southwest Region states and territories were also made available today. “We all have a right to know what toxic chemicals are being used and released into our environment, and what progress companies are making to reduce, recycle or prevent waste from being generated in the first place,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This year, our online database known as the TRI Explorer is more robust than ever, and we encourage the public to make use of the extensive information available there.” ... ”  Read more from the EPA here: EPA issues 2013 Toxic Release Inventory data for Pacific Southwest region

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