PCOC - Summer 2015 - (Page 19)

Federal Update By Andrew Architect, Andrew Bray, Jim Fredericks & Bob Rosenberg, NPMA **Disclaimer: The NPMA Federal Update was written May 8, 2015, please visit www.npmapestword.org for developments and updates on Federal policy.** Pollinator Protection Pollinator protection has been one of the top priorities for the NPMA Public Policy team over the last 18 months. Last June, the White House announced the formation of a Presidential Task Force focused on pollinator health led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A report from the task force, along with information from EPA regarding an updated pesticide policy regarding pollinator protection was originally expected in December, but despite much speculation about an Earth Day announcement, no information been released. Based on NPMA's involvement in stakeholder meetings and communication with EPA, this is what we know: * EPA has stated publicly that the Task Force Report has been submitted and will become available for public comment in the first part of the 2015 (read: before June 30). * EPA updated policy utilize a dual approach: a) label changes for pesticides to protect managed pollinators at or near the application site, and b) state-developed pollinator protection plans intended to help mitigate potential exposure to managed pollinators visiting the treated areas from hives housed away from the application site. * EPA is encouraging states to develop managed pollinator protection plans that are specific to conditions in their state/ region. EPA has indicated that they will not review/approve these plans, but will provide support/input if needed. * NPMA has developed Best Management Practices for Pollinator Protection that can serve as model language for state managed pollinator protection plans with regard to the structural pest control industry. Stakeholder involvement is a key principle in the development of state plans and PMPs are encouraged to engage through their state associations. * NPMA has championed the industry's position that structural pest control applications typically pose no threat to pollinators. In fact, in some situations, otherwise beneficial pollinators may become pests, and must be controlled. NPMA has developed pollinator focused resources for both the public and industry. Consumer-focused designed to be shared with clients can be accessed at: www.pollinatorhealth.org. Industryfocused resources, including the NPMA Best Management Practices for Pollinator Protection, information about getting involved in the development of your state's pollinator protection plan, and guidance for fighting local pesticide bans disguised as pollinator protection efforts, visit: www.pollinatorfacts.org. NPMA Legislative Day 2015 NPMA hosted the 27th annual Legislative Day March 15-17 in Washington D.C. Pest Management Professionals crowded the halls of Capitol Hill making hundreds of visits with Congressional Offices. Primary www.pcoc.org / Summer 2015 19 issues PMPs discussed included: pollinators, APHIS/AQI fumigation fees, the Pest Management Records Modernization Act, and the Small Business Tax Relief Act. In addition to Congressional visits, guest speakers at the event included; U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, General Stanley McChrystal and Fox News' Chris Wallace. NPMA's Legislative Day was considered a resounding success as PMPs disseminated the NPMA message and strengthened relationships on Capitol Hill. Be on the look-out for information concerning NPMA's 2016 Legislative Day next March. NPMA/ASPCRO Fumigation Workshop for EPA Staffers During March 24-26, 2015, the NPMA public policy team joined the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) to host an educational workshop for EPA staff. More than a dozen EPA staffers joined experts from industry (Dow AgroSciences, Degesch America and Griffin Pest Management), academia (University of Georgia and Kansas State University) and the regulatory community to learn about fumigation principles and techniques. The workshop included classroom instruction time, and was highlighted by five real-world demonstrations including live fumigations of a residential structure, tarpaulin, container, chamber and tape and seal fumigations using both sulfuryl fluoride and magnesium phosphide products. Special thanks is due to Travis Swope of https://npmapestworld.org/index.cfm http://www.pollinatorhealth.org http://npmapestworld.org/pollinator/ http://pcoc.org/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Summer 2015

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
Presidential Profile
Best Practices for Exterior Bait Stations
What Do PMPs Want from Suppliers?
Federal Update
Insurance Stop the Madness!
State Capitol Report Legislature Outlook: Loud and Busy
Firm Profile Green Dog Pest Service
Index to Advertisers
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