New chemical law requires the agency to look at chemicals that were grandfathered in under old law

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is moving swiftly to propose how it will prioritize and evaluate chemicals, given that the final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017.

“After 40 years we can finally address chemicals currently in the marketplace,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Today’s action will set into motion a process to swiftly evaluate chemicals and meet deadlines required under, and essential to, implementing the new law.” Continue reading

The People Have Spoken: Using Forest and Firewood National Polling Data to Promote Forest Health

This webinar will discuss results from a national survey of citizen attitudes toward invasive species, firewood movement, and forest health. This webinar is jointly sponsored by the SREF Forest Health and Invasive Species Program and the Firewood Outreach Coordinating Initiative.

This webinar is scheduled for Jan 25, 2017 1:00 pm US/Eastern. Continue reading

Available for Comment: Release of Gall-Forming Fly for the Biological Control of Cape Ivy

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a draft environmental assessment on March 24, 2016 for the proposed release of a gall-forming fly (Parafreutreta regalis) into the continental United States for use as a biological control agent to reduce the severity of Cape Ivy (Delairea odorata) infestations.

We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 25, 2016.

For further information or to make a comment on this assessment, refer to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0099.

Overview of the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request for NIFA

You are cordially invited to attend an overview of the President’s proposed FY17 NIFA Budget presented by Sonny Ramaswamy, director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, on Tues., Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. EST.  Continue reading