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Federal Update By Gene Harrington, Bob Rosenberg & Marcia Duke, National Pest Management Association (NPMA) NPMA, USDA Reach Agreement on Wildlife Services Competition Related Issue In mid-May, the National Pest Management Association and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services (WS) reached agreement on the definition of the term “urban rodent control,” which, for the fi rst time, establishes meaningful parameters as to the work WS can and cannot perform. Under the agreement, WS will only be able to provide rodent control services in cities and towns with a population of 50,000 or more in very limited circumstances. A law passed in the late 1980s permits WS to perform wildlife management in non-agricultural settings. While the law was passed primarily to allow WS to manage birds at airports and engage in rabies vaccination activities, the language is very broad and authorizes almost any type of vertebrate work imaginable, except “urban rodent control.” The law does not define the term, however, so the exception is largely meaningless. NPMA had long sought to have an official, enforceable definition of the term to limit competition between the agency and the private sector. The accord will soon be publicly documented when Wildlife Services publishes a Statement of Policy in the Federal Register announcing the agreement. Thanks to a 2009 federal court decision, Clean Water Act permits are now required for certain pesticide applications directly to or near bodies of water. The provision in the House passed Farm Bill would reverse the court’s decision and restore the longstanding policy of Democratic and Republican administrations of not requiring such permits for lawful pesticide applications. The sulfuryl fluoride provision, authored by Congressmen Austin Scott (R-Georgia) and Kurt (D- Oregon), directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to, in conjunction with the Secretary of Agriculture, submit to the House Agriculture Committee within two years of the passage of the Farm Bill a report on the potential economic and public health effects of the loss of the food uses of sulfuryl fluoride. The measure is in response to a January 2011 EPA proposal canceling sulfuryl fluoride’s food uses. The Endangered Species Act provision would prohibit EPA from modifying or canceling a pesticide registration based on the Biological Opinions of the agencies charged House Passed Farm Bill Contains Pesticide Provisions The Farm Bill that barely cleared the U.S. House of Representatives this summer contains language exempting pesticide applications from Clean Water Act permitting requirements as well as provisions related to the fumigant sulfuryl fluoride and the Endangered Species Act. www.pcoc.org / Fall 2013 23 with implementing and administering ESA – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Marine Fisheries Service - until an unbiased, external scientific peer review is conducted on these ESA-required BiOps. Lastly, the House-passed Farm Bill contains language requiring the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a “scientific and economic analysis” of Food Safety Modernization Act regulations before they can move forward, a requirement that would likely delay implementation of the regulations. None of the aforementioned provisions are included in the Farm Bill the Senate passed in early June. The two bodies now have to reconcile the differences between their respective versions of the legislation and come up with one, final bill for the chambers to vote on. Congressmen Introduce Saving America’s Pollinators Act U.S. Congressmen John Conyers of (D-Michigan) and Earl Blumenauer http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Fall 2013

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
PCOC Expo 2013: A Pictorial Highlight
Expo 2013 Bed Bug Presentation: Control and Management Updates
Overview of NEW California Aeration Plan (CAP)
Calbug Project: Public Needed to Uncover Clues in Natural History Collections
Your Guide to Social Media Startup
Federal Update
Insurance Small Employer Responsibilities under Health Care Reform Act
State Capitol Report Back to Business
Firm Profile Round the Clock Pest Control
Index to Advertisers
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