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Court Denies Petition to Ban Pesticide

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

A U.S. Appeals Court in San Francisco denied a petition from environmental groups to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Reuters says that decision ends one of three parallel attempts to get the ban put in place. The groups, including Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council, wanted the ban in place because they allege the …

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Fighting for Exemption from Reporting of Manure Emissions

Dan Cattle, Livestock

Farm and livestock groups will continue to fight for an exemption from emergency reporting of manure emissions after the EPA lost a federal court decision to environmental groups that sued over the exemption. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit denied a request by pork, poultry and other livestock and farm groups to rehear its rejection of an …

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EPA To Hold RFS Hearing Next Month

Dan Energy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing on its Renewable Fuel Standard volume obligations August first. The hearing, to be held in Washington, D.C., will take public comment on the 2018 renewable volume obligations, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel, according to Ethanol Producer magazine. The agency released a prepublication version of the proposed rule …

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States Sue EPA to Prevent Insecticide Use

Dan Industry News Release

A coalition of states has filed a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market in spite of studies that show it can harm the development of children’s brains. The coalition, led by New York, filed a motion to intervene in the legal battle over continued spraying of chlorpyrifos. The coalition says …

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Ag Groups React to RFS Volumes for 2018

Dan Industry News Release

Some advanced biofuels were cut when the Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed renewable fuels volumes for 2018. The American Soybean Association wasn’t pleased with the lack of growth proposed by the EPA in biomass-based diesel volumes as well as a reduction in advanced biofuels. A.S.A. President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore called it disappointing and a missed opportunity for …

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RFS Pulls Back on Some Biofuels

Dan Industry News Release

The Environmental Protection Agency released its proposals on how much biofuels will go into the national fuel supply next year and it was a mixed bag. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says there were some pleasant surprises and some disappointments. Ethanol producers wanted the continuation of an Obama-era requirement of 15 billion gallons of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply and …

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EPA Sends WOTUS Repeal to Federal Register

Dan Industry News Release, Water

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers Tuesday that the EPA has sent its repeal of the Waters of the U.S. rule to the federal register, beginning the process of ending the regulation. During a Senate budget hearing Tuesday, Pruitt told lawmakers the measure was being sent to the federal register the same day. The formal withdrawal of the …

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Conaway Praises EPA Repeal of WOTUS, Calls for Continued Work to Protect Farmers and Ranchers

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Water

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement it is repealing the Obama administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and called on other agencies to revise and re-evaluate their enforcement of this onerous provision. Following the EPA’s announcement, Chairman Conaway made the below remarks: “WOTUS has never been about clean water, it …

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Growers and Beekeepers Meet with EPA

Dan Cotton, Environment

This week has been National Pollinator Week, as designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. And stakeholders in the cotton industry, along with beekeepers and researchers from several state universities, met with representatives from the EPA and USDA to start the conversation on how to develop and adopt more appropriate steps for assessing …