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EPA to hold ag teleconference on October 22

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it would hold a teleconference on October 22 for its Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee.

According to the October 3 Federal Register announcement, the purpose of the teleconference is “to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the committee in order to provide advice and insights to the agency on environmental policies and programs that affect and engage agriculture and rural communities.”

But the Agricultural Retailers Association said in a statement,“This provides a great opportunity to listen in on the conference call and provide comments on a wide range of EPA-related issues impacting industry such as:

  • The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System/Clean Water Act pesticide permits (HR 872)
  • Florida Numeric Nutrient Criteria regulations/River Basin (MRB) pending lawsuit
  • EPA-Army Corps of Engineer Clean Water Act guidance (expansion of CWA without proper statutory/congressional approval)
  • Drift reduction technology proposal/spray drift guidance
  • EPA focus on pollinator issues and pesticides
  • EPA greenhouse gas regulations/climate change proposal.”

The meeting will be held October 22 from noon until 2 p.m. EDT.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Alicia Kaiser, the designated federal officer in charge at kaiser.alicia@epa.gov or 202-564-7273.