EPA Regulations

House legislation dictates more research on E15

The House Science Committee passed legislation on Tuesday that will require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct additional testing on E15 before allowing use of the blend. FULL STORY »

SW Iowa Renewable Energy pays fine for violations

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC has agreed to pay a $10,150 civil penalty and spend at least $38,729 on a supplemental environmental project for failing to file a risk management plan and implement risk management regulations at its dry-mill ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa. FULL STORY »

EPA, USDA, Minnesota sign ag-based water quality pilot

USDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Minnesota to develop a new state program for farmers designed to increase voluntary adoption of conservation practices to protect rivers, streams and other waters. FULL STORY »

EPA committee completes report on ag issues

The report offers recommendations on the most effective approaches for dealing with water quality issues related to agricultural production and improving water quality across the United States. FULL STORY »

One-year reprieve on EPA regulations possible

Regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could be the No. 1 concern of the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2012. Yet, there may be a one-year reprieve on the regulations because next year is an election year, Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of congressional relations for AFBF, told AgriTalk radio on Friday. FULL STORY »

Fertilizer company agrees to pay $1.8 million penalty

The EPA made a major announcement that Agrifos has agreed to pay a $1.8 million penalty and conduct an environmental project to resolve alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Air Act. FULL STORY »

AGP pays EPA penalty

Ag Processing Inc (AGP), a farmer-owned cooperative involved in the acquisition, processing and marketing of grain products, has agreed to pay a $96,588 civil penalty to the United States for its failure to develop and implement a Facility Response Plan for its soybean processing facility in Mason City, Iowa. FULL STORY »

Smithfield won’t turn records over to HSUS

Smithfield Foods officials have denied a request made earlier this week from the Humane Society of the United States to inspect records on the pork producers’ plans to eliminate gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Keep an eye on EPA’s Chesapeake Bay model

Farmers and others in agriculture are watching Environmental Protection Agency's actions associated with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, specifically focusing on regulations pertaining to Total Maximum Daily Load. FULL STORY »

D.C. Watch: The farm bill and the super committee

So far, the super committee has huddled behind closed doors and there is little information about their progress toward meeting their deficit reduction target. The committee is struggling with the same issues that prevented a deal on significant deficit reduction this summer-- tax reform and cuts to social programs. FULL STORY »

KLA: Deadline to apply for EQIP cost-share funding is November 15

The deadline to apply for cost-share funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is November 15. EQIP assists livestock producers trying to comply with environmental regulations by paying for up to 75% of the costs associated with some projects. FULL STORY »

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