Tag Archives: Pesticides

USDA: Growing rice helps farmers curb pesticide water quality risks

More than 40,000 different varieties of rice are grown on every continent (except Antarctica), making rice one of the world’s best-loved food crops. And according to new findings from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers, rice crops also have a secondary function: They keep pesticides and other contaminants out of vulnerable waterways.   The problem […]

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USGS Releases Pesticide Mapping Tool

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a new interactive mapping tool that provides predicted concentrations for 108 pesticides in streams and rivers across the United States. The tool enables users to identify which streams are most likely to exceed water-quality guidelines for human health or aquatic life. The predictions also can be used […]

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California Releases Report on Land Use, Chemical Pollution Trends in State Streams

According to a report released Nov. 19 by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), detections and concentrations of pyrethroid pesticides are increasing in the state’s stream sediments. Pyrethroids are the active ingredients in many currently used pesticides available to urban consumers in the U.S., and also are widely used in agriculture. Many pyrethroids […]

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Pesticide Applications Now Subject to Clean Water Act Permits

Pesticide applications near U.S. waters are subject to Clean Water Act permitting by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This change went into effect Oct. 31. The final pesticide general permit applies in locations where EPA has permitting authority. Authorized states have been developing their own draft permits. Applicators will have until Jan. 12, 2012, […]

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Senate Committee Passes Bill To Limit EPA Oversight of Pesticide Applications

On June 21, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 (H.R. 872). The goal of the bill is to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from requiring a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for pesticide applications that follow proper labeling and intended use requirements. The […]

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