A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: Includes EPA, FWS, NOAA
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Final rule announcing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding a substance commonly referred to as chitosan (also known by its chemical name: poly-D-glucosamine) to the list of active ingredients eligible for use in minimum risk pesticide products exempt from registration and other requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Info here.
Final rule establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of acetic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester when used as an inert ingredient at a concentration not to exceed 50% in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops. Info here.
Final rule establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of nitric acid when used as an inert ingredient applied to crops and raw agricultural commodities pre- and post-harvest, limited to no more than 10% by weight in the pesticide formulation. Info here.
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Final rule determining threatened status under the Endangered Species Act, for the sickle darter (Percina williamsi), a fish species from the upper Tennessee River drainage in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. This rule adds the species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Info here.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Notice announcing a 90-day finding on a petition to list the great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act and to designate critical habitat. Info here.