[AgEd] FW: Ag Update 131

Deimler, William L. William.Deimler at schools.utah.gov
Tue Jun 30 08:56:31 MDT 2020


From: Perrin, Rebecca <Perrin.Rebecca at epa.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:19 AM
To: Perrin, Rebecca <Perrin.Rebecca at epa.gov>
Subject: Ag Update 131

Hello all,
This update includes the following topics:
1.   EPA Issues Report Highlighting Actions Taken to Improve the Endangered Species Act Consultation Process for Pesticides.
2.   EPA Hosting Webinars on Assessing Risks to Bees from Pesticides.
3.   EPA Continues to Implement Administrator Wheeler's Directive to Reduce Animal Testing.
4.   EPA recently released How's My Waterway 2.0.
5.   EPA Administrator Signs Proclamation Marking National Pollinator Week.
6.   EPA Takes Action to Stop Use of Certain PFAS in Products and Protect American Consumers.
7.   Memorandum of Understanding Between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Pollinator Partnership.
 Have a great weekend!
 Rebecca Perrin
Region 8 Agriculture Advisor | Office of the Regional Administrator | USEPA
1595 Wynkoop Street (8ORA-IO)| Denver CO 80202 | DL: 303-312-6311 | FAX: 303-312-6882

 1.   EPA Issues Report Highlighting Actions Taken to Improve the Endangered Species Act Consultation Process for Pesticides. On June 26, 2020, the U.S. EPA, in collaboration with federal partners, met a congressional commitment by submitting its second report to Congress highlighting the progress achieved to date with creating a more efficient and effective review process regarding pesticide impacts under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Highlights of the report include:

  *   How a new method announced in March 2020 for conducting biological evaluations under the ESA will assure that pesticide registration review actions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) do not jeopardize endangered species. The updated method ensures that-when available-the agency will use high-quality historical data that reflects where and how certain pesticides are used;
  *   How incorporating recent revisions to regulations associated with the ESA consultation process helps with efficiency across agencies; and,
  *   What the agencies are doing to improve communications and outreach, and how they are actively soliciting stakeholder feedback and engagement during the consultation process.

The ESA is a proven and critical tool for ensuring the recovery and protection of the nation's most vulnerable species and habitats. However, for decades EPA's approach for assessing pesticides risks to endangered species resulted in costly, time-consuming litigation and delays in pesticide registration decision-making. As directed by Congress through the 2018 Farm Bill, EPA, the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality established an interagency working group (IWG) in 2018 tasked with providing recommendations and implementing a strategy to improve the Endangered Species Act of 1973 consultation process for pesticides. The first report from the IWG was submitted to Congress on December 2019 and identified several proposals to improve the ESA consultation process for pesticide registration and registration review, plans for implementation of those proposals, and areas of consensus and continuing topics of debate.
Read report: https://www.epa.gov/endangered-species/reports-congress-improving-consultation-process-under-endangered-species-act.


2.   EPA Hosting Webinars on Assessing Risks to Bees from Pesticides. EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs will host a two-part webinar series on July 21st and 28th as part of its series dedicated to pollinator health and habitat. The webinars will focus on advancing the science of assessing risks to bees from pesticides.

  *   The first webinar, Designing and Conducting Bee Studies, will explain the basic elements of the studies EPA uses to assess risks when registering or re-evaluating a pesticide. Featured speakers will include representatives from U.S. EPA, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, and Wageningen University and Research. Register: Part 1: Designing and Conducting Bee Studies<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDA2MjUuMjM1MDUzODEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3JlZ2lzdGVyLmdvdG93ZWJpbmFyLmNvbS9yZWdpc3Rlci82MDc5MDgxNDQ3Mjc4NDc3MzE1In0.1TFokRl9RHvXheRnL69OYcqSQyt16ITmvkG7Bj31RrE%2Fs%2F192339864%2Fbr%2F80331943783-l&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7Ce5d3c01c54e84900114108d819450568%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637287131521056984&sdata=wwvLWEL61fGHJ9ld%2FFpEjK5vAgy1dL%2Bgb2pwo2anMHo%3D&reserved=0> - July 21 |11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT.
  *   The second webinar, Assessing Risks to Bees from Pesticides, will provide a brief overview of EPA's tiered process for assessing risks to bees. An explanation of the new approach methodologies for exposure and effect assessments will also be shared; these methods are under development to help reduce reliance on animal testing. Finally, an overview of honeybee colony simulation models will be shared. Featured speakers will be EPA scientists from the Office of Pesticide Programs. Register: Part 2: Assessing Risks to Bees from Pesticides<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDA2MjUuMjM1MDUzODEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3JlZ2lzdGVyLmdvdG93ZWJpbmFyLmNvbS9yZWdpc3Rlci85MDA1MTEzODg4MjAxNDMwMDI5In0.ILPUaDqDa71FJxNVlph86gYEgqu6KJdewAqPD0UIYts%2Fs%2F192339864%2Fbr%2F80331943783-l&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7Ce5d3c01c54e84900114108d819450568%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637287131522995865&sdata=TeODUNGZ6iBXAFORkWkIcmd5%2FA2BL6EIE2hB5nDUU90%3D&reserved=0> - July 28 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT.

Additional webinars on pollinator health and habitat will take place August 18th and September 15th. Details and registration information will be released at a later date. These webinars represent the latest in EPA's ongoing efforts to raise the profile of pollinator issues. Click here<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDMsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDA2MjUuMjM1MDUzODEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5lcGEuZ292L3BvbGxpbmF0b3ItcHJvdGVjdGlvbiJ9.cRiIwpGqFrIqh149pCmIO_WjC1-QAt3UIIE_eXlDUMI%2Fs%2F192339864%2Fbr%2F80331943783-l&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7Ce5d3c01c54e84900114108d819450568%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637287131523005856&sdata=B%2Fxbt7s6u7KIiiNL562T2%2Fd8ntFTgz2xrG%2F4%2BCaSidQ%3D&reserved=0> for more about EPA pollinator work. To see the full webinar series, including recordings of past events, visit https://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/epa-offers-webinars-pollinator-health-and-habitat<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDQsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDA2MjUuMjM1MDUzODEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5lcGEuZ292L3BvbGxpbmF0b3ItcHJvdGVjdGlvbi9lcGEtb2ZmZXJzLXdlYmluYXJzLXBvbGxpbmF0b3ItaGVhbHRoLWFuZC1oYWJpdGF0In0.JLQ9yRlSNCjn2-bMuXg8-zcdYgbr9ON430R3Jo5sOBs%2Fs%2F192339864%2Fbr%2F80331943783-l&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7Ce5d3c01c54e84900114108d819450568%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637287131523005856&sdata=4apfLGi0xk9DvDXPD9nw7EHWICjep6fdJudQ1wGLir0%3D&reserved=0>

 3.   EPA Continues to Implement Administrator Wheeler's Directive to Reduce Animal Testing. On June 24, 2020, the U.S. EPA released a work plan that serves as a roadmap for meeting its animal testing reduction goals set forth in Administrator Andrew Wheeler's 2019 Directive<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUT-2FXs1XptI-2Fz51lv7yJguA8NN-2BQBFOdjsiqJhkBDs6tjTAjzSZMB0JMZkBCTragU9vpEkTWXZLRkrrko-2B5zdx2RlNzG8u44ewGaKIUKsF6k8lHMbsybHmL3rpL83cFIIafLgdFPvW-2BmnwoL7FtUSnnk-3DcN3L_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpKOZRtjGdKZPZJ6YcmlNyaoUFGvry8f47IJUITfCDnZqKvUJ8goLffmoKVelJ1rOVJKZa-2FzUKqn3emkR1vXnzStGzzPXfnECa1wnNOP6pVKGNJCV3j2iTF6c973fBTuuDSCb5DLxHthDlC3yEaC14fS8Fk0W299tIzFkgROd3Ba1d6n2ag50Ga4kOu2PKlwfnKuKChwf9LIzRl8-2BkIvqoc-2FFLHe8as85te-2FmbzPT6sPmWz6Vr0jxvdu7qyfEz3n0VQ-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C7afd214d6c4c4c90f46508d8185958fa%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637286119315259994&sdata=mSO8cnBS0fIrLx2%2FYzRhr2DmApjy6ZjuUHAQwIwdIj0%3D&reserved=0>. The work plan<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUT-2FXs1XptI-2Fz51lv7yJguA9iyLdC-2BQaXksSChx-2Fs31X2Rog-2FvDdt1Ac1rghtI7uqdupkF5FxNlqXCmcWjMaoRVU7UGPauQYzINia1d7VV01e-2BpQPkdzBLeiREj-2BfUwoshg-3D-3D1hqS_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpKOZRtjGdKZPZJ6YcmlNyaoUFGvry8f47IJUITfCDnZqKvUJ8goLffmoKVelJ1rOVJKZa-2FzUKqn3emkR1vXnzStGzzPXfnECa1wnNOP6pVKGJ02zrW1CRZQVvAFijIFLQcVd-2F5gMEwU0vfuiJ8f40PDaZ9ZQ0-2FWpvzYicCP5Xp4B74iI0FEkTwnut6aG7k7BQumXyAi9Wc-2BXjq8Ea5X6fYboHEoLW3WalsD1IF1T29gHzQMJk09RS-2FZ-2FvKWW2gjZrY-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C7afd214d6c4c4c90f46508d8185958fa%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637286119315269950&sdata=0h49oowbUOIQoKQPTCAhWfatPXIIPc45JNointeptgg%3D&reserved=0>  describes how the agency plans to develop, test, and apply chemical safety testing approaches that reduce or replace the use of animals. Compared to traditional animal testing, NAMs allow researchers to better predict potential hazards for risk assessment purposes without the use of traditional methods that rely on animal testing. To develop the work plan, EPA convened experts across the agency to identify objectives and milestones that ensure regulatory, compliance, and enforcement activities - including chemical and pesticide approvals and research - remain fully protective of human health and the environment while pursuing the Administrator's Directive goals. The work plan will evolve as EPA's knowledge and experience grows and as outside experts offer their perspectives and contributions. EPA will regularly review the work plan to ensure the efforts involved provide the best path to success.

  *   Public Webinar on June 30 at 9:30 AM EDT to discuss its NAM Work Plan. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-new-approach-methods-work-plan-release-webinar-tickets-109687299666<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATURH3PpCPxZ-2BH6HAI51dLxR4pwcFKpiDnWArmtkSuoN669DdUq8G3QeKIarBkIyVKOH3kt6q3q25SHwEmO5g-2BTkU38TLGntjWLa3ZKCdp8KAhN-2FvMmI4gqwsbb5n2zR0ywQ-3D-3DqZm3_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpKOZRtjGdKZPZJ6YcmlNyaoUFGvry8f47IJUITfCDnZqKvUJ8goLffmoKVelJ1rOVJKZa-2FzUKqn3emkR1vXnzStGzzPXfnECa1wnNOP6pVKGNH3GrODss7rL-2Fpmq3lIjIgomIzfW1hDYyv-2FHMjoiNRbx-2BSf-2BrKHc5yo7Z-2BTv-2BTPyT-2FxoCLZQ9Q5hcm2ADhq4-2BMN31nsAnG25hfYSrNCs8WG9gyNLwx8-2FImlTQZjjP3-2FNSQjK-2FW4UA6A4WVahlALqhM-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C7afd214d6c4c4c90f46508d8185958fa%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637286119315269950&sdata=Yv6knJIrFlf5ARPCk7uhXEaCXWVdpmUnNM6niVJ%2BfsU%3D&reserved=0>.
  *   Feedback on the work plan can be provided to EPA by sending an email to NAM at epa.gov<mailto:NAM at epa.gov>.
  *   To learn more about the agency's efforts to reduce animal testing, visit:  https://www.epa.gov/nam<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUT-2FXs1XptI-2Fz51lv7yJguA9iyLdC-2BQaXksSChx-2Fs31X2Rog-2FvDdt1Ac1rghtI7uqdupkF5FxNlqXCmcWjMaoRVU7UGPauQYzINia1d7VV01e-2BpQPkdzBLeiREj-2BfUwoshg-3D-3Datpz_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpKOZRtjGdKZPZJ6YcmlNyaoUFGvry8f47IJUITfCDnZqKvUJ8goLffmoKVelJ1rOVJKZa-2FzUKqn3emkR1vXnzStGzzPXfnECa1wnNOP6pVKGA7GxcvxWgSIMyUygn1jfqI5jW211T8OA2-2BpuCuLskIELc22gjSZ0QJ9HGs8myw1bRjVFqxHSx8Yq0zzo-2FIQWxuFEaRVXUu6c-2F1bK-2FSfFzoS4DTf09rpkMIf6sbwHisOPWIgE0BuqshBfGF-2FzTurFfQ-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C7afd214d6c4c4c90f46508d8185958fa%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637286119315289864&sdata=MC5kYv6I03bzGGKS0oQddhR3558DZUIbuZJcqA31IPo%3D&reserved=0>

 4.   EPA recently released How's My Waterway 2.0. This tool assembles publicly available water quality data into a user-friendly package of information on the quality of our nation's waters. The information the tool provides may help identify areas of need where green infrastructure can improve water quality, assist in the ecological restoration of water bodies, and have a positive impact on aquatic resources and recreational opportunities. Map-centric and mobile-friendly, How's My Waterway works on all different screen sizes from desktop computers and tablets to mobile phones. This new tool was created in partnership with the states and water stakeholders. How's My Waterway opens water information to the public in a way not done before. You can access the new How's My Waterway at: https://mywaterway.epa.gov<https://mywaterway.epa.gov/>.

 5.   EPA Administrator Signs Proclamation Marking National Pollinator Week. On June 22, 2020, U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proclamation<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATURaiRslxoG7yG-2B7Z4iT-2BT1DMAKGPE2T3bPoYkWkmyitVAJIjfpqSaz5R8miJcMpO8tV27ZyFKF9Rklf5EVxLhiOUYssJiYFkAD333UeIk7aJVQUBFnxh4nVQeRaynyR6qw-3D-3Do8ut_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpI9K485pIJli5lhb3CtpSgH5CRUDfyDnRb-2B4te7kWoOZtNZjeicBwsMsLw3p54q-2B0r4MHq5eHN8-2Ftm1Y2-2FYUMkh80p7xKnYl6nMd9OreC9-2BtgcoB86zsakiUS1bV4h6-2FGqmddd-2BO3Xc8f8NCBozsvp2kVtcrUOrCTJnrgH9MhvIF-2BNrofBZLCU8B-2FlDw1rCXEm-2Bus1mxQxE8PtKn9A2fTi15zbG2axywfNS2IRIaJcDl-2FC2B8cLcLF-2Fy06t99DKaCw-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C852cf281b3c94a00d68708d817c13a2a%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637285465955835622&sdata=Q9KlO93Dr0JEKFv58KdURjKnwCtcE4FtcVcM6fJzPA8%3D&reserved=0> designating the week of June 22 as National Pollinator Week. Administrator Wheeler is the first EPA Administrator to sign such a proclamation - joining leadership from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), all 50 Governors and hundreds of governments and organizations around the world. EPA is leading several efforts to protect bees and other pollinators from pesticide exposure to ensure they can thrive in their habitats.

  *   In 2019, the agency updated its bee mortality data table to help farmers and beekeepers estimate how long a specific pesticide may remain toxic to bees and other insect pollinators following application to crops.
  *   EPA is also focused on advancing public awareness of the importance of protecting pollinators.
  *   In March 2020, EPA launched a free webinar series<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATURIWfcxsnar-2BA1dgAos50XA-2BBCm3ZkPhFHlunCDoA7XeDEmkdzUF8RddxCj0lV7FDNdgUjvSEZrl9TPvVnwP9bI-3DuOlb_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpI9K485pIJli5lhb3CtpSgH5CRUDfyDnRb-2B4te7kWoOZtNZjeicBwsMsLw3p54q-2B0r4MHq5eHN8-2Ftm1Y2-2FYUMkh80p7xKnYl6nMd9OreC9-2BtkpTY5DlhrS5yS7Fc2m3UkXB-2FIN3Ydyd0IgEl7V9cgnbNY-2B7iv8DD94AAlxVCDzThZtPvY90yIUSYQgFLsVohgypEY-2BmTHAAcsQ3x0WGdQxrELrzEdeHnHONtDHvWaiejx2W4D41WHHj1Kb1un7Uwfk-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C852cf281b3c94a00d68708d817c13a2a%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637285465955845575&sdata=UVvx8MRpeaRkTllNcB3gLKCMRqZC%2FV17RqPc2ilQUTk%3D&reserved=0> highlighting ongoing work to promote pollinator health and habitat, which will continue through September 2020.
  *   This week the agency also renewed its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Pollinator Partnership<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATURaiRslxoG7yG-2B7Z4iT-2BT1DMAKGPE2T3bPoYkWkmyitVhN-2Bzgm-2BQ449Uh6FdrK-2F5HedYV-2FIjj4tULPjRn24KMM7AxgO8DwWtnL8gDR0dq440nFbSv7aQ6WLKllyoDMFtlGxdN6rUo8GvsSflY5jE4-2B4-3DRqP5_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpI9K485pIJli5lhb3CtpSgH5CRUDfyDnRb-2B4te7kWoOZtNZjeicBwsMsLw3p54q-2B0r4MHq5eHN8-2Ftm1Y2-2FYUMkh80p7xKnYl6nMd9OreC9-2Btqm2SplLH3BvX9qEa2VaqmXUloZIlShF3xWek0Z4Mg4SjUQRhUZ8XgZTLgWoZBbPIgiStRVS4MLh4OyhWUPKMUeftMno2osW7ZFxXGMKFaUFyOqDwxAkcXknA1KdbHz0zb2FQGSrhyqVySSwa8bQYoc-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C852cf281b3c94a00d68708d817c13a2a%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637285465955845575&sdata=tj0p406%2FBqXDmVgiy1IEL18d8UswaIlAwHTy9%2Fx7qmg%3D&reserved=0>, a nonprofit organization that facilitates actions that benefit pollinator habitats.
  *   To learn more about what EPA is doing to protect pollinators and what you can do help protect them, visit https://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATURaiRslxoG7yG-2B7Z4iT-2BT1DMAKGPE2T3bPoYkWkmyitVDHUysfoSGdKpKx5xFJi-2BFA-3D-3D6uAx_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpI9K485pIJli5lhb3CtpSgH5CRUDfyDnRb-2B4te7kWoOZtNZjeicBwsMsLw3p54q-2B0r4MHq5eHN8-2Ftm1Y2-2FYUMkh80p7xKnYl6nMd9OreC9-2Btn-2FgNUSEmZjgMGQANz7C-2BWDeBdd-2BONZ5Fy6cGllVgTfBYsH-2F-2BtkM2n9UMrBIQVCTba8mt-2BpdSvqiFatOeisusTY7gtMvUkSYA5BapuG1ByK58AEI9Y5jvKEiPUBOSlcuGuPf9tnse5nYmqF-2FQeWYPrY-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C852cf281b3c94a00d68708d817c13a2a%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637285465955855531&sdata=rzfl4S6zR6fIZqfG7fLvI33Un3wAJBDe2e3clbrT%2F7k%3D&reserved=0>.

 6.   EPA Takes Action to Stop Use of Certain PFAS in Products and Protect American Consumers. On June 22, 2020, as part of the U.S EPA's Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUUAWrbZNki9QqJcpz2pR3hUsnMXeRCbUKx-2FGVXE3FdFB51x1xV3gTgRgHMF0xNySIw-3D-3DpDDG_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpKVfX4-2F-2FOpKBDwgylVVF9xt9XWmDZnQW4Kt6Ypt-2BRqic4Iws9-2Bc62OqStRH2RSk4x3mb1aWRK67WahfF-2BU-2B0hueFbDKGR2-2B7MBeyUUE5NNmP2Og3o7hucIkAqZi74sZ9NEk5zcZ7N3pxC2SNHU3AbloPugpQhmFFK-2BNlSgvIipqD0jfADdpl2yE-2FMjQgC7vt69fZQDORgjzmm7PLUxisleuWU0Cgh6eVwHJXlLGMtxVbc3Bnk4Pu3tQRQrdZi-2BNk-2BQ-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C48832b7755ab4ed353f108d816f6656f%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637284594801774408&sdata=%2F1hIWPz7VvYR4ehbnQwQijnnppmcbNZj9e6rHH3T%2BpM%3D&reserved=0>,<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATURUve7U4jy2ZpSWBsta9toggXdpriczBtdpe4vsjHIAJs1pLqKI2gutJNRhhpoHLivzUv6E08h-2Fz0MOed9Jg0-2BRsigAwTcYYhf2Y5unoaDka-2F34T3K7tol1LP5IVKIlKR6wxU5KRmZMSgzxk8Py63ezPTC3njFpPGy7XhXE-2Fw84-2FtecGqA-2BFxV1dooIwwOSOp0veVSpXLDWKI0pf89em6h0kKKMpGcSYJpgxTKiKKrbU-2Fzvzxiabw06cbcsvfAAuACleLsFkXXU5E2u5s4wNpX0zQGYUizPN35GpsGEgSJyY8sFBYuIntGYy5tlNAYr-2FIWTepv4clrYDMtzSPg1voTMpqLFcUVZk4kIfsJl2xOfap4YOKEXLlklLmiok8JECOG0ujg8QLC9EajP3UKNCGVmofB3Fixp53DGzY8Torvy5T9A4FKycPXEWvY6ie7xULUS5zVjMA27RtmWJ7dKVDiU-3DW7MK_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpKVfX4-2F-2FOpKBDwgylVVF9xt9XWmDZnQW4Kt6Ypt-2BRqic4Iws9-2Bc62OqStRH2RSk4x3mb1aWRK67WahfF-2BU-2B0hueFbDKGR2-2B7MBeyUUE5NNmP8eXVfDSQvYmqgStB2POhtbCzy91rDoRV9LubQk0zvUNtwiTxX3B6GzOJpujPbrgmBuruJLaeKzZ7T6ipIpREwHIYSU8qn3oDvSP-2Bs7Y2Kj-2BaQPYMeIfvBvlTzI1FA6Z2ZAiaD9tkJhPdFkh-2Fed1LzY-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C48832b7755ab4ed353f108d816f6656f%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637284594801784410&sdata=bWiF3UNNe534JeXlMZO%2Bg%2FzSZMstpnSxGwx%2FSLx3m8s%3D&reserved=0> EPA is issuing a final rule giving the agency the authority to review an expansive list of products containing PFAS before they could be manufactured, sold, or imported in the United States. This action, issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), means that EPA is prohibiting companies from manufacturing, processing, or importing products containing certain long-chain PFAS, which persist in the environment and can cause adverse health effects, without prior EPA review and approval. Today's action means that products like ski wax, carpet, furniture, electronics, and household appliances that could contain certain PFAS chemicals cannot be manufactured, imported, produced, or sold in the U.S. unless EPA reviews and approves the use or puts in place the necessary restrictions to address any unreasonable risks.

  *   Read entire press release: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-action-stop-use-certain-pfas-products-and-protect-american-consumers
  *   For a summary of the actions taken under the PFAS Action Plan: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-releases-pfas-action-plan-program-update-0<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUfjCOjrO6QdpZicz-2F-2FrXw82XD5N3yWg7w8657RQdeFuJYzAHNs8WbFI9HWBC69ejuEdtrc8ioKHXsOAFPUCclZHEejcuf50pTRsYnljfc9fPe6qZ_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpKVfX4-2F-2FOpKBDwgylVVF9xt9XWmDZnQW4Kt6Ypt-2BRqic4Iws9-2Bc62OqStRH2RSk4x3mb1aWRK67WahfF-2BU-2B0hueFbDKGR2-2B7MBeyUUE5NNmP3ITzRK1lJx3kTpuZInuHsqwYR-2FpNCM5q6nBri2gyzieCM4l6DG2S8nObK9FptJOYwaPLT6154Yh3jRQ2HHhwkvmorf4uDNNhqYsindAt70nb31woy-2FSQ4Q-2BnfENWsdXkE5SCNbbGkTAvQze-2BiMvsRw-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C48832b7755ab4ed353f108d816f6656f%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637284594801784410&sdata=Z8bh9jj7kDthJ1ZE6rcvtT%2F6htDEp0dqN9LDnWRiAMs%3D&reserved=0>
  *   For more information on the final rule: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/risk-management-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fu7061146.ct.sendgrid.net%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUXOwkHQQ5h977rl1dZ2iRZylXzugmAnVoPmExL6DK0VuUbrbHFIfT5DpUQzzIQS6GVI-2BUbcLsCnrzunIo1xBMgVHNmjmivB-2BJhOIt4xI7DCqDA-2BAw-2FBsy7LHipM1wShuZH6x087v4wzA4RoQiQxDwfg-3DT1AH_7n55J1IzSve0XD81Eq1vx-2BX9iUXU-2FsY31djxjh3GV3PAXav3cznWqE2thokdGBdDJGYpYGEQec89Hwm3WIgjCq4LCC6lk0qvYvwu4wU-2BOpKVfX4-2F-2FOpKBDwgylVVF9xt9XWmDZnQW4Kt6Ypt-2BRqic4Iws9-2Bc62OqStRH2RSk4x3mb1aWRK67WahfF-2BU-2B0hueFbDKGR2-2B7MBeyUUE5NNmP5vZldgGZznpXoxHzQs7wfRgWytZsA3UqlsE4CmfL24a-2FS40FfsXUDhgroWZGJqD9nUAhYe4cLge-2BI5RxsmtD6ps8A2nil9ixTHkbfxTXbaImVid0nHhiMSpOoBVyg9-2FXN2zfPerePTUejQRZv0QOo0-3D&data=02%7C01%7CPerrin.Rebecca%40epa.gov%7C48832b7755ab4ed353f108d816f6656f%7C88b378b367484867acf976aacbeca6a7%7C0%7C0%7C637284594801794399&sdata=%2BFXZfdfHxFij6K6qfXrlG6ES5%2FbSHvp03GiYvaj%2FaBM%3D&reserved=0>

 7.   Memorandum of Understanding Between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Pollinator Partnership. EPA has renewed its MOU between EPA and the Pollinator Partnership, as part of its ongoing work to protect pollinator habitats. The MOU outlines each party's role in protecting pollinators such as birds, bats, bees and other insects - all of which play a vital role in providing pollination services to both agricultural and non-agricultural plants. https://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/memorandum-understanding-between-us-environmental-protection-agency-and

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