Tuesday, January 27, 2009
New lobbyists registered in January 2009 to lobby on Bill 64, CosmeticPesticides Ban Act, 2008 (Ontario)
Kip Eideberg Edelman S.C. Johnson and Son, Limited (Jan 09,2009)Kip Eideberg Edelman CropLife CanadaStephen J Skyvington Blackstone Public Affairs Group Municipal LawEnforcement Officers' Association of Ontario
Lobbyist Organization ClientHoward Mains Tactix Government Consulting Inc. Industry Task ForceII on 2,4-D Research DataJim P Wispinski Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.Brenda J Harris Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.Nicole Foster Woollatt Global Public Affairs Inc. Dow AgroSciencePhilip Dewan Counsel Public Affairs Inc. Landscape OntarioHorticultural TradesLorne H. Hepworth CropLife Canada OL0004-19990218140941Kip Eideberg Edelman CropLife CanadaMike Klander Klander & Associates Inc. Crop Life CanadaCharles D Milne Charles Milne and Company Inc. Freeman Mandel &Milne Inc. Stephen M Freeman Freeman Mandel & Milne Inc SyngentaCrop Protection CanadaShannon V Coombs Canadian Consumer Specialty Products AssociationLyle W Vanclief Lyle Vanclief Consulting Canadian ConsumerSpecialty Products AssociationKip Eideberg Edelman S.C. Johnson and Son, LimitedTim Weber CG Management & Communications Inc. Canadian GolfSuperintendents AssociationDarryl Wolk CG Management & Communications Inc. Canadian GolfSuperintendents AssociationNancy P. Coldham CG Management & Communications Canadian GolfSuperintendents AssociationDonald P. Gracey CG Management & Communications Canadian GolfSuperintendents AssociationNick Jennery Canadian Council of Grocery DistributorsSheila N. Willis Hill & Knowlton Canada Ltd. Petro-CanadaLubricantsWilfred Ng Hill & Knowlton Canada Ltd. Petro-Canada LubricantsStephen J Skyvington Blackstone Public Affairs Group Municipal LawEnforcement Officers' Association of OntarioTom K Gauld Canadian Tire Corporation, LimitedChris Benedetti Sussex Strategy Group Canadian Tire CorporationNeil Currie Ontario Federation of AgricultureJamie Lim Ontario Forest Industries Association
Termite Insecticide a More Potent Greenhouse Gas than Carbon Dioxide
(Beyond Pesticides, January 26, 2009) University of California atIrvine researchers have discovered that sulfuryl fluoride, aninsecticide widely used to fumigate termite-infested homes andbuildings, stays in the atmosphere at least 30-40 years and perhaps aslong as 100 years and is about 4,000 times more efficient than carbondioxide at trapping heat, though much less of it exists in theatmosphere. This raises concerns as levels have nearly doubled in justthe last six years. Prior studies estimated its atmospheric lifetimeat as low as five years, grossly underestimating the global warmingpotential.
“Sulfuryl fluoride has a long enough lifetime in the atmosphere thatwe cannot just close our eyes,” said Mads Sulbaek Andersen, apostdoctoral researcher in the Rowland-Blake laboratory and leadauthor of the study. “The level in the atmosphere is rising fast, andit doesn’t seem to disappear very quickly.”
Its climate impact in California each year equals that of carbondioxide emitted from about one million vehicles. About 60 percent ofthe world’s sulfuryl fluoride use occurs in California. Theinsecticide is pumped into a tent that covers a termite-infestedstructure. When the tent is removed, the compound escapes into theatmosphere. Sulfuryl fluoride blocks a wavelength of heat thatotherwise could easily escape the Earth, the scientists said. Carbondioxide blocks a different wavelength, trapping heat near the surface.
“The only place where the planet is able to emit heat that escapes theatmosphere is in the region that sulfuryl fluoride blocks,” saidDonald Blake, chemistry professor and co-author of the study. “If weput something with this blocking effect in that area, then we’re introuble — and we are putting something in there.”
The chemists worry that emissions will increase as new uses are foundfor sulfuryl fluoride, especially given the ban of methyl bromide, anozone-depleting pesticide regulated under the Montreal Protocol.Sulfuryl fluoride emissions are not regulated under the MontrealProtocol, though officials do consider it a toxic contaminant.
To measure sulfuryl fluoride’s atmospheric lifetime, the chemists putit inside a Pyrex chamber with compounds that are well understood inthe atmosphere, such as ethane. They shined lamps on the chamber tosimulate sunlight, which caused chemical reactions that eliminated thecompounds from the air. By monitoring sulfuryl fluoride changescompared with changes to the well-known compounds, they were able toestimate its atmospheric lifetime.
“This is a cautionary paper,” said F. Sherwood Rowland, Donald BrenResearch Professor of Chemistry and Earth System Science and co-authorof the study. “It tells us that we need to be thinking globally - andacting locally.”
According to Beyond Pesticide research, sulfuryl fluoride is acutelymoderately toxic by oral exposure (Toxicity Category II) and slightlytoxic for acute inhalation (Toxicity Categories III and IV) and dermalvapor toxicity (Toxicity Category IV). Residents and workers are atrisk for neurotoxic effects from acute exposure. Subchronic studies onrats have indicated effects on the nervous system, lungs, and brain.Developmental and reproductive effects have also been noted inrelevant studies on rats. According to the National Research Council,fluorides might also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’sdisease, and boys exposed to fluoride in drinking water are five timesmore likely to develop osteosarcoma , a rare form of bone cancer.Since sulfuryl fluoride was only registered for use as a fumigant forexisting infestations, EPA waived the environmental fate datarequirements for reregistration in 1993 and did not considerecological risks. The Agency expects that non-target organisms wouldnot likely be exposed to sulfuryl fluoride and that the pesticidewould not leach to groundwater or persist in the environment for anysignificant amount of time.
According to the most recent data by the California Department ofPesticide Regulations, sulfuryl fluoride is the top pesticide used inthe state in 2007 for structural pest control and 14th for allpesticide application sites, with over 2.1 million pounds used in 2007for structural pest control, over 3,200 pounds for landscape andrights-of-way applications, and about 42,000 on agricultural productssuch as almonds, broccoli, dried fruits, prunes, rice and otheragricultural commodities.
Non- and least-toxic alternatives to using sulfuryl fluoride forstructural pest management are viable and protect public health andthe environment from hazardous chemical exposure. Ecologically-basedland management systems and practices such as organic agriculture andorganic lawns and landscapes also hold the key to freeing our countryof its chemical dependency.
The study, “Atmospheric Chemistry of Sulfuryl Fluoride: Reaction withOH Radicals, Cl Atoms and O3, Atmospheric Lifetime, IR Spectrum, andGlobal Warming Potential,” appears in the January 21 online edition ofthe journal Environmental Science and Technology.
Jan 27 2009
GM agenda is far from the golden future promised by multinationals
by Steve Dube
A FEW weeks ago my colleague Robin Turner broke the news on thesepages that a farmer near Hay-on-Wye had secretly grown geneticallymodified maize and fed it to sheep and cattle in the area.
Jonathan Harrington defied the Welsh Assembly Government’s policy onGM crops and the UK Government’s cautious approach to a technologythat has yet to be tested for its long-term effects on animal welfareand human health.
Mr Harrington says he acted out of frustration at government policy –and gave seed to two other farmers, who also grew it.
Some might see this as a victory for the common man in the face of astraitjacket imposed by an ignorant government upon progress.
Those who champion GM crops say they could put an end to hunger andfeed the world’s rapidly expanding population. And there is some truthin that. The science could be used to develop crops resistant todrought or capable of producing huge yields twice a year.
Unfortunately the science is not being exploited for that purpose. Thevarieties currently available have been developed by multinationalagro-chemical companies to withstand even larger applications of theirchemicals.
It’s not about feeding the world. It’s about selling more pesticides.As the same companies are busy buying up patents on seed varieties andthen taking them off the market, it’s also about controlling thevarieties that farmers are able to grow.
The gap between the potential and the reality can be seen in anotherdevelopment currently affecting the countryside – wind turbines. Youwill probably know these under the benevolent term “wind farms”. Infact they are heavily subsidised industrial scale wind power stations,whose march across rural Wales, encouraged by the Welsh AssemblyGovernment, is about to turn into a rampage.
Here again, the technology of wind turbines has great potential. Butlike GM crops, the potential lies in a different direction from thecurrent exploitation of climate change fears by, yes you’ve guessedit, multinational companies.
On a localised level, small-scale wind turbines could producesustainable electricity – as they have in the past. A small turbine ona farm or a housing estate could actually add a certain charm as wellas repay the investment.
In contrast massive towers sending small intermittent amounts ofelectricity on power lines over long distances into the national gridare a waste of time and resources that compromises the countryside andthe people who live there. Like GM technology, the potential of windpower has been perverted into a cynical money-making enterprise.
As Robert Burns, born 250 years ago on Sunday, observed: “The bestlaid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought butgrief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!”
Jan 26, 2009
Leading the (solar) chargeTwelve years ago Steven Moore left the grid and began producing hisown sustainable energy
By Erin Flegg, Editor in Chief
Business professor Steven Moore says anyone can operate their ownpower system. (Matthew Rushworth)
Economic times may be tough, but School of Business professor StevenMoore knows what to do. He’s going underground.
Nearly 13 years after Moore and his family left the Ontario power gridin favour of a more sustainable, solar-powered life on a farm inTamworth, he and his wife are finishing plans for a new house thatwill be embedded in the earth.
“Basically, your heating and air condition are free; there are nodrafts; you don’t have to worry about thunderstorms; you don’t have toput on a roof; you don’t have to put on siding,” Moore said. “Yet, ifyou design it right, there is more light and more ventilation than ina conventional house.”
It may sound counter-intuitive to those accustomed to surface-dwelling, but from Moore’s perspective, it makes perfect sense.
“In this climate I don’t really think it makes sense to build a houseabove ground. Then you’re having to fight the elements all year.” ForMoore, this is just the next logical step toward sustainability. In1996, while he and his family still lived in Oakville, he was involvedin environmental causes, fighting against pesticide use and harmfulemissions in the community.
“We were always moving in that direction,” he said. “We thought itwould be fun to try to do it ourselves.”
After searching for land to build on or a house to retrofit, Moore,his wife and their two children found a small country home inTamworth, north of Kingston, where one woman had been living off thegrid for 30 years.
“We had a much larger family so we enlarged the house a little bit,”he said.
They updated the battery charger so they could fill the solar poweredbatteries to capacity, allowing them to store more power for use inovercast weather. They also added two more solar modules to the array,increasing power production by 50 per cent.
Today, the house is powered by 18 DC solar panels. It’s also equippedwith a back-up propane generator for use primarily during the greyestmonths of the year, November to March, when the solar panels aren’tenough.
Even with these duties, the Moore’s average annual utility costs cameto about $2,000 for the 3,000-square-foot house.
“Just through our experience and sort of realizing our power usage, wemade lot of changes,” he said. “But I think the most important thingwas that we discovered that we could easily live on one-fifth thepower of a normal house and we had everything everybody else had.” Thefamily uses all the amenities of modern life, including a washer anddryer, microwave, computer and stereo.
“There’s no reason why everybody can’t do that. That’s the interestingpart. It goes way beyond just changing your light bulbs,” he said. “Ifmore people could do that, I don’t think we’d have the kind of powerissues we have in Ontario right now.”
The family bought the house for $80,000 in 1996 and, all told, spentabout $20,000 installing and updating the systems necessary to powerit.
Moore said cost is always the first thing people ask about, but hethinks it’s the wrong question to ask.
“Nobody ever asks when they buy an automobile, ‘What is the paybacktime?’ Nobody asks when they put in an air conditioning system,‘What’s the payback time?’ Why is it that people are concerned aboutthe payback time of being sensitive to the environment when theyaren’t concerned about the payback time of things like automobiles andair conditioning?”
He said the mindset that makes money the most important thing isprobably what created the problems he’s trying to combat.
“Once you buy it, that’s it. There are no hydro bills or anything.Compare that to the multi-billion-dollar cost of a nuclear power plantand the waste we still don’t know what to do with.” There’s more thanone benefit to living independent of the province’s power supply, hesaid.
“We certainly would have a psychological advantage knowing we weren’tnecessarily contributing to power plant emissions and global warming,that sort of thing.” One of the most significant benefits of livingoff the grid became apparent during the ice storm of 1998.
“I guess there were a couple of days there when the phone went outbecause it was coated with ice,” he said. “We could go out and it justsounded like gunshots with all the trees falling, but we were impactedvery little.” Breaking down the grid into smaller pieces may be one ofthe keys to improving sustainability, Moore said.
“It seems like every time we tie things up in bigger and biggersystems, all we do is spread the damage.”
The family monitored all the systems itself, each member always awareof how much power they had, how much they were using and how much theyneeded. Everyone could benefit from so intimate a knowledge of theirconsumption, Moore said.
“One of the problems living in the city and having other people takingcare of your systems, you start to give that responsibility to otherpeople rather than assume it yourself. You just assume that someoneelse is going to take care of you.”
He said it’s eye-opening in other ways too.
“You’re much more mindful of the weather. You’re much more mindful ofour impact on the world, which is a great side-effect.” And there wasnever any quibbling on the part of family members about theirresponsibilities, Moore said.
“The family dynamic worked out really well. Everybody pitched in;everybody had a job. They were mindful of their impact; they knew thefamily counted on them for various things, that they were an importantcomponent. They weren’t just yakking on cell phones and going off tothe mall and being completely narcissistic. They knew we counted onthem to contribute. It was really not a problem at all. They wouldremind us to turn off the light. There were never any complaints aboutliving off the grid. None.”
The biggest challenge, Moore said, was putting the system together,bit-by-bit.
“Now it’s pretty easy,” he said. “Anyone can operate their own powersystem. It’s really not very difficult. I mean, we knew nothing whenwe started. It’s a piece of cake really.” Once the power systems werein place, the family began raising livestock in addition to growingmuch of their own food.
“I think the best part is just the satisfaction in learning about thisand being able to pull it off because there were times when wethought, ‘Oh my God—what a big mistake we’ve made,’ and we were justbumbling about and it all worked out,” he said. “Also having thefeeling that we’re living lightly that we’re not big consumers, thatwe’re not big wasters. I think that’s part of it too.”
The farm in Tamworth sold recently for approximately four times theamount the Moores paid for it.
“We’ll invest much less than that in the new one,” Moore said.
The new house will be dug out of the side of a hill on the banks ofthe Salmon River in Tamworth, with two sides covered and two made ofglass. Across the river is a restored mill, which will provide thebulk of the energy for the house.
“That mill will generate enough energy for five or six houses,” Mooresaid, adding that he and his wife hope to cut their energy consumptionin half.
“We may end up at about one tenth the energy use of a normal house.”
The house will be smaller than farm house—about 2,000 square feet—anduse hydro power to help them meet their goal.
“You get 10 times more power for every dollar invested than you do insolar power. Right now the only problem is there aren’t many goodsites.”
In terms of property value these days, he said, water is one of thegreatest assets for the environmentally-conscious builder.
“A stream running through your property is gold in terms of generatingpower.”
The earth covering half the house will moderate the temperature,decreasing the need for heating and cooling. The shade from deciduoustrees on the south side will help cool the house in summer and passivesolar heat—energy absorbed through the glass front of the building—will help heat the place.
“Basically, the sun heats something in the house, some big, heavy,massive thing in the house like a floor or a masonry wall and, atnight, that floor radiates the heat back to the house,” Moore said,adding that there’s nothing high-tech about the design.
“That’s the way houses were heated for 30,000 years before we hadcentral heating, so we’re just going to use that technology.”
Hot water will also be used for radiant floor heating.
“Solar hot water is the simplest, most effective first thing you cando to reduce your energy use,” he said.
The project will use a large amount of reclaimed materials, includingtimber from old local barns and wood from an airplane hangar built inOttawa in 1918, Moore said.
“Part of it is the energy; part of it is trying to fit in with thelandscape.” The stone for the masonry work will come from the siteitself.
Moore has been sharing details of his project with the students in hiscommunication and sustainability courses at Queen’s, and the lattergroup will have a tour of the house and the mill when it’s complete.He said now is certainly the time to educate and pass on what he haslearned.
“We have to change the way we’re operating or we’re going to be inreally big trouble,” he said. “Canadians are the largest per capitausers of energy in the world. It’s not even so much that we live in acold climate anymore. It’s just that we seem to like to use a lot ofenergy for everything. We keep our houses too warm in the winter andtoo cold in the summer. It really adds up.”
Moore will write a blog about his experiences building his new houseand sustainability issues on the website for Kingston Life magazine.
As for drawbacks to living off the grid, Moore paused beforeanswering. He started to speak but stopped, pausing for a few moreseconds.
“I don’t know if there is really a big drawback. I’d have to thinkabout that actually.”
He said he’s looking forward to the new setting.
“The river is very fast where we’re building, so we’ll always hear theriver where we are. We’ll be able to go down and stick our feet in theriver. It will be quite nice, I think.”
Please see Friday’s paper for part one of the Journal’s three-part Dayin the Life feature series.
Jan 23, 2009
Obama nominates Scotts Miracle-Gro director for SBA top job
MARYSVILLE, OH —The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) , announcedJan. 23 that Karen G. Mills has resigned from the Board of Directors.Mills has been nominated by President Obama to serve as administratorof the Small Business Administration.
Mills, a board member since 1994, served as the lead independentdirector of the board. She was also a member of the Audit Committeeand an interim member of the Compensation and Organization Committee.
"I would like to congratulate Karen on this exciting opportunity tofurther serve American business," stated Jim Hagedorn, chairman andchief executive officer. "If small business is the engine of economicgrowth, then President Obama will be well-served to have Karen in thiscritical role.
"She has been a valued counselor to ScottsMiracle-Gro, particularly inhelping us shape and strengthen our long-term growth strategy. Wehonor her service to the country and would welcome her back to ourBoard in the future."
Karen Gordon MillsDirectorArrow Electronics, Inc.Melville , NYSector: SERVICES / Electronics Wholesale
Director , The Scotts Miracle Grow CompanyMarysville , OHSector: BASIC MATERIALS / Agricultural Chemicals
54 Years OldMs. Mills has served as President of MMP Group, a private equityinvestor and advisor since 1993. From 1999 to 2007 she was a foundingpartner and a managing director of Solera Capital, a New York basedventure capital firm. She is currently the Lead Director of ScottsMiracle-Gro, a public company. Ms. Mills is the Chair of theGovernor's Council on Competitiveness and the Economy of the state ofMaine and serves on the Board of the Maine Technology Institute. Sheis also a director of the Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
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1. 1. Why She Matters 2. 2. At a Glance 3. 3. Path to Power 4. 4. The Issues 1. 4.1. Regional Industry Clusters 5. 5. The Network 6. 6. Campaign Contributions 1. 6.1. Footnotes
Current Position: Head of the Small Business Administration-designate(since January 2009)
Why She MattersA venture capitalist with experience in starting a business, Millsjoins the new administration as the Small Business Admnistration (SBA)head, pending Senate confirmation. With the economy in tatters, andsmall business accounting for 70 percent of new jobs in America eachquarter, the SBA can be used to fund growth, despite a nationwideslowdown in venture capital investment.(1)
The SBA guarantees loans to small businesses (thus providing supportfor investors starting a new company) and it can make direct loans tohomeowners or businesses that need help recovering from a naturaldisaster.
Mills worked on the SBA review team during President Barack Obama’stransition into the White House.(2) Her appointment has receivedsupport from both Democrats and Republicans, though she has neverworked in the federal government
"Karen has a tremendous background in venture capital and lending,which will prove beneficial during these times in which smallenterprises require every tool at their disposal to create new jobs,"said Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), who’s the top Republican on theSenate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.(3)
"[The] decision to name an SBA administrator so early in thetransition is a good sign for small businesses," said House SmallBusiness Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.). "Through budgets cutsand mismanagement during the last eight years, the SBA has becomenothing more than a shell of the agency it used to be. Reversing thiscourse is essential."(4)At a Glance
Current Position: Head of the Small Business Administration-designate
Career History: Director at Scotts Miracle-Gro; Director of ArrowElectronics; President of MMP Group (1993 to present)
Birthday: Not Available
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Alma Mater: A.B. (economics) Harvard University in 1975; MBA fromHarvard Business School
Spouse: Barry Mills
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Path to PowerMills graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts ineconomics in 1975, and earned her MBA from the same institution. Aftercollege, she worked at McKinsey & Co., consulting in the U.S. as wellas Europe. She has also worked at General Foods in product management.
In 1999, Mills joined a group of women to start Solera Capital. It’s aNew York venture capital firm that invests in various businesses thatproduce natural and organic food, health-care companies and publishingfirms. She worked as a managing director at Solera until 2007.
Prior to her SBA appointment, Mills served as a director at, the $3billion Scotts Miracle-Gro, the maker of home gardening products,and adirector at Arrow Electronics, a business with nearly $16 billion insales per year.(5) She also was president of the private equity firmMMP Group. Mills’ government experience comes from working with MaineGov. John Baldacci (D) as the chair of the governor’s Council onCompetitiveness and the Economy, created in November 2007, and she ledthe efforts to obtain a $50 million research and development bond in2006.(6)
Obama tapped Mills to head the SBA in December 2008. She joins aneffort to strengthen the U.S. economy as it struggles to reverse amassive downturn.
“To strengthen our economy, we must also strengthen the smallbusinesses that are its backbone,” Obama said when he announced Millsas SBA head. He added: “I am confident that Karen will lead an SBAthat will not only help small-business owners realize their dreams,but help our nation rebuild our economy.”(7)
Mills agrees with Obama, and wants make the revitalization of smallbusinesses a big part of the national economic recovery.
“Really, as we grow the economy and try to create jobs, we hope tohave an important seat at the table at the federal level," she said."The more we encourage small business, the more competitive we areglobally."(8)Regional Industry Clusters
In April 2008, the Brookings Institution released a report co-authoredby Mills. The report examined the federal funding of what are known as“regional industry clusters,” or “interconnected firms and supportingorganizations” found in the same geographical areas.
“Due to rising global competition, the nation’s capacity forgenerating stable, well-paying jobs for a large number of U.S. workersis increasingly at risk,” wrote Mills, along with her co-authors,Elisabeth Reynolds and Andrew Reamer. “In this environment, regionalindustry clusters represent a valuable source of needed innovation,knowledge transfer, and improved productivity.”(9)
The report issued two recommendations to jumpstart federal help inestablishing and maintaining these clusters:
1. Create a federally-funded information center to map the clustersand track the impact. Mark what works and what doesn’t. 2. Establish federal grants to support cluster initiativesnationwide.(10)
The authors labeled their recommendations the CLUSTER program andbelieved this initiative would cost $350 million a year.(11)
The NetworkMills serves on the board at Scotts Miracle Gro, along with thecompany’s chief executive James Hagedorn and its chief operatingofficer Mark Baker. She also serves on the board of Arrow Electronics,along with its CEO William Mitchell and the retired president and CEOof Shell Chemical, M.F. Keeth, as well as Colgate-Palmolive’s chieffinancial officer Stephen Patrick. Mills worked with Maine Gov. JohnBaldacci (D).
She’s married to Bowdoin College’s president, Barry Mills.
Campaign ContributionsMills has donated more than $62,000 to various candidates on both sideof the aisle since 1996. She donated $23,900 to the DNC Services Corp.in 2008.
Mills gave $2,300 to Olympia J. Snowe (Maine), top Republican on theSenate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, $5,600 toSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), including $4,600during his tough 2008 re-election race, and $4,600 to Sen. SusanCollins (R-Maine) in 2007.(12)Footnotes
1. Mills, Karen G., “President-elect Obama announces choices forTransportation, Labor, SBA and USTR posts,” press release, Dec. 19,2008 http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/pre...or_sba_and_us/ 2. McLoone, Sharon, “SBA Chief Calls Transition Experience'Exceptional,” Washingtonpost.com, Dec. 3, 2008 http://voices.washingtonpost.com/sma...ition_exp.html 3. "President-elect Barack Obama this afternoon nominated venturecapital expert...," washingtonpost.com, Dec. 19, 2008 4. "President-elect Barack Obama this afternoon nominated venturecapital expert...," washingtonpost.com, Dec. 19, 2008 5. http://idea.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/d...4070ae10vk.htm 6. Wickenheiser, Matt, "SBA pick's 'analytical mind' praised ; Thepresident-elect cites Karen Mills' background in the private sector asa factor in his choice," Portland Press Herald, Dec. 20, 2008 7. President Obama, “President-elect Obama announces choices forTransportation, Labor, SBA and USTR posts,” press release, Dec. 19,2008 http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/pre...or_sba_and_us/ 8. Wickenheiser, Matt, "SBA pick's 'analytical mind' praised ; Thepresident-elect cites Karen Mills' background in the private sector asa factor in his choice," Portland Press Herald, Dec. 20, 2008 9. http://www.brookings.edu/reports/200...rs%20Brief.pdf 10. http://www.brookings.edu/reports/200...rs%20Brief.pdf 11. http://www.brookings.edu/reports/200...rs%20Brief.pdf 12. http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/se...&submit=Submit
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Current Position: White House energy czar (since January 2009)Why She MattersBrowner is another Clinton administration veteran who will serve in akey post in President Barack Obama1's White House. She will serve inthe newly created role of energy czar. In that job, she will work as akind of environmental traffic cop, coordinating the administration’sclimate change, energy and environmental policy.
Browner is a former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)administrator and filled that role for the whole of the Clintonadministration, making her the longest-serving EPA administrator inhistory. She used the post as a bulwark against what Democrats viewedas an assault on environmental regulations by CongressionalRepublicans.
Browner served as an adviser to Obama2's transition team, and led thatteam’s Energy and Environment Policy Working Group. As the workinggroup head, Browner was charged with drafting the early policies andpriorities for the Obama administration. Obama3's policies will likelydepart radically from those of the Bush administration, which shedescribed as the "worst environmental administration ever."(1)
At a Glance
Current Position: Assistant to the President for Energy and ClimateChange (since Jan. 2009)Career History: Founder and principal, The Albright Group LLC andAlbright Capital Management (since 2001); Administrator, United StatesEnvironmental Protection Agency (1993 to 2000);Florida Secretary of the Environment (1991 to 1993)
Birthday: Dec. 16, 1955
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Alma Mater: B.A., University of Florida, 1977; J.D., University ofFlorida, 1979
Spouse: ex-Rep. Tom J. Downey (D-N.Y.)
Web site4Path to PowerA Florida native, Browner was born in 1955 to parents who wereprofessors at Miami-Dade Community College. She graduated from theUniversity of Florida in 1977 and earned her J.D. from the school in1979.
In 1980, she served as the general counsel for the Florida House ofRepresentatives Government Operations Committee before going to workfor the grassroots consumer advocacy group Citizen Action inWashington, D.C.
From 1986 to 1988, Browner was the chief legislative aide onenvironmental issues to then-Sen. Lawton Chiles (D-Fla.), who laterserved as Florida's governor. Following that, she was the legislativedirector for then-Sen. Al Gore5 (D-Tenn.) until 1991, when she wasappointed as the Florida secretary of the environment. She served inthat capacity from 1991 to 1993, where among her biggest wins wassecuring a deal with Walt Disney World in which the corporation wasgiven permission to develop more than 400 acres of wetlands, inexchange for buying and preserving an area of land nearly twenty timesthat size for the bald eagle and other wildlife.
At the age of 37, President Bill Clinton appointed Browner as EPAadministrator, a job in which she served from 1993 to 2001.
"I want my son to be able to grow up and enjoy the natural wonders ofthe United States in the same way that I have," she said at herswearing-in ceremony as EPA Administrator in January 1993. "I believethat we will now be able to make the investment in our economy that weso desperately need, yet preserve the air, land, and water."(2)
After her stint at the EPA, Browner founded and continues to serve asa principal of The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm led byformer Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She's also a principalof Albright Capital Management, an investment advisory firm thatconcentrates on emerging markets.
She is \active in non-profit, progressive and environmental groups,serving as the chair of the board of the National Audubon Society anda member of the board of directors of the Center for AmericanProgress, the Alliance for Climate Protection and the League ofConservation Voters. She is also on the board of APX, a company thatprovides technology infrastructure for environmental and energymarkets.The Issues
As EPA administrator, Browner made her mark by beating back attemptsby Congressional Republicans to weaken the Clean Water Act andvirtually every other environmental law on the books. With a dividedgovernment in the mid-1990s (a Democratic president and a GOP-ledCongress), Republicans sought to exert power by picking apart federalrules through legislation – including repealing portions of the CleanAir Act, making moves to increase logging on public lands and scalingback rules on pesticides in foods.Public Health
Browner also made some notable progress in her eight years at theagency in the public health realm. Two of the most influential actsduring her time at the agency were updating federal standards forparticulate matter and ozone (perhaps better-known as "soot" and"smog"). In 1994, she oversaw the expansion of the Toxic ReleaseInventory, nearly doubling the number of chemicals whose emission mustbe reported to the public.
She also played a key role in enacting rules to strengthen the SafeDrinking Water Act, which overhauled in 1996 public water systemstandards,(3) and in 1997 the Food Quality Protection Act.(4) In bothcases, she worked to pass legislation with Congressional Republicans.
In 1999, Browner led the charge to ban two pesticides that studiesfound to disrupt brain development in children. But Environmentalistscriticized her for not going far enough in outlawing some of the mostdangerous chemicals and accused her of bowing to industry pressure.(5)
In 1997, Browner created an Office of Children's Health Protection atEPA in order to help implement Clinton's executive order on Children'sEnvironmental Health. The goal of the office was "to make theprotection of children's health a fundamental goal of public healthand environmental protection in the United States."(6) The new officeincorporated a Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee, apanel of experts in the field that makes policy recommendations to theadministration. The office in its first years focused on issues likeasthma rates and exposure to toxic chemicals like lead-based paint.Superfund
Browner led efforts to clean up brownfields, or land that has beencontaminated with harmful chemicals.(7) She also tried to rallysupport for legislative measures to reform the Superfund program,which makes polluting industries pay for clean-up work at toxicwaste sites.(6) Though the Clinton administration wasn't able to getthose measures through Congress, Browner did help accelerate the paceof Superfund cleanups, completing 400 in the administration's firstterm.Air Pollution
One of Browner's last acts as EPA administrator was to issue new airpollution control rules for diesel fuels, requiring that the sulfurcontent of diesel fuel be reduced from 500 parts per million to 15parts per million – a 97 percent decline. The Clinton administrationenacted the law in 2000, though it wasn't fully phased in until 2006.The new rule also called for stronger emissions limits on dieselengines.
Her 1999 official biography notes that Browner "is guided by thephilosophy that safeguarding the environment means protecting where welive and how we live" but also by the idea that "the environment andthe economy go hand in hand."(9)The NetworkBrowner was an early supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's6 (D-N.Y.) bid for the Democratic nomination, but she went on toenthusiastically back Obama7 once Clinton left the race. During thegeneral election, Browner appeared at several events in swing statesorganized by the League of Conservation Voters to rally support forhis candidacy.
Browner also served as a top legislative aide to former Vice PresidentAl Gore8 and currently works with former Clinton Secretary of StateMadeleine Albright at The Albright Group, a consulting firm, andAlbright Capital Management, which focuses on investment in emergingmarkets.
She is married to former Rep. Tom Downey Jr. (D-N.Y.).Footnotes
1. Wald, Matthew L., "Carol M. Browner,9" New York Times, Nov. 26,2008 2. "Carol M. Browner's Official Biography,10" EPA Web site 3. "EPA press release, Statement by Carol Browner on Safe DrinkingWater Act11," Aug. 2, 1996 4. "EPA press release, EPA Announces Comprehensive Plans forProtecting Food Safety, Regulating Pesticides under the 1996 FoodQuality Protection Act,12" March 18, 2007 5. "Protecting the Apples of Our Eye,13" Daily Grist 6. EPA Web site14 7. "EPA press release, NTC Adm. Browner and Others to UnveilBrownfields Leglis.,15" March 22, 1997 8. "EPA web site, Carol M. Browner’s testimony before the SenateEnvironment and Public Works Committee,16" March 5, 1997 9. "Carol M. Browner's Official Biography,17" EPA Web site
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Phil Schiliro Profile
Table of contents
1. 1. Why He Matters 2. 2. At a Glance 3. 3. Path to Power 4. 4. The Issues 1. 4.1. Investigations 2. 4.2. Financial Bailout and Stimulus Package 5. 5. The Network 1. 5.1. Footnotes
Current Position: Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs(since January 2009)Why He Matters
After more than 25 years as a congressional aide, Schiliro is movingto the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, where his job will revolvearound getting Congress to enact Barack Obama’s legislative agenda. Alongtime aide to Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), Schiliro was behindinvestigations into Halliburton, Blackwater USA and Major LeagueBaseball when Waxman was chairman of the House Government andOversight Committee, which dogged President George W. Bush through thelast two years of his administration.
Even when Waxman served as ranking member of that investigative panel,his team, led by Schiliro, still produced 2,000 reports on a widerange of issues.
Schiliro, who twice ran for Congress himself in his parents’ LongIsland, N.Y. district, left the Hill during the 2008 presidentialcampaign to act as Barack Obama’s congressional liaison, dispatched byObama to successfully convince House Democrats to support the $700billion bailout of Wall Street.
His first major task in the Obama administration will be helping topass the new president’s whopping economic stimulus package, whichwill likely approach $1 trillion in tax cuts and infrastructuredevelopment. Obama has said he wants no earmarks in his first bill,and Schiliro, who was described by the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder as“one of the savviest, smartest chiefs of staff in D.C.,” will betaking closed-door meetings to make sure the president gets the billhe wants early in his first term.(1)
“I give Phil Schiliro a great deal of the credit for the smoothworking relationship between Obama and the Congress,” Waxman has said.(2)At a Glance
Current Position: Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs(since January 2009)
Career History: Congressional Liaison for Barack Obama's presidentialcampaign (July 2008 to November 2008); Democratic chief of staff forthe House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (2005 to 2008 and1997 to 2004); Policy Director for Sen. Tom Daschle (2004);Administrative Assistant to Rep. Henry A. Waxman (1982 to 1997)
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Alma Mater: Hofstra University; Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., 1981
DC Office: N/A
Web sitePath to Power
Schiliro was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from HofstraUniversity. As an environmentalist teenager, he organized hisneighbors against a business that was polluting a reservoir near hishome. He got the media involved and helped shut down the company. Hethen spent the next quarter century fighting similar battles.(3)
After graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon in 1981,Schiliro moved to Washington, D.C., in order to work on environmentalissues. He worked briefly for then-Reps. Butler Derrick (D-S.C.) andTim Wirth (D-Colo.) before joining the staff of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who was then chairman of the House Energy and Commercesubcommittee on Health and Environment.(4) Waxman poached Schilirofrom Wirth’s staff after observing the young staffer’s work on a billthat Wirth and Waxman thought would have “gutted” the Clean Air Act.(5)
Schiliro worked directly for Waxman his administrative assistant for15 years and was Democratic staff director for the Oversight Committeestarting in 1997. During that time, he twice ran for elected office inNew York. In 1992, Waxman wrote letters to lobbyists and colleaguessaying that Schiliro’s election was “one of my highest priorities thiselection year and means a great deal to me.”(6) Despite Waxman’sendorsement, Schiliro came up short in 1992 — and again in 1994.
In 1997, Waxman left the House Energy and Commerce Committee to becomethe ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government ReformCommittee. Schiliro went with Waxman and became the Democratic chiefof staff for the committee.(7) Over the next decade, he helped Waxmanfile more than 2,000 investigative reports. The committee famouslylooked into steroid use by baseball players and investigated items inthe Capitol gift shop that contained lead.(8)
In 2004, Schiliro joined Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and worked as theminority leader’s policy director for one year. But when Daschle losthis 2004 Senate campaign, Schiliro went back to the Oversight panelunder Waxman. Schiliro left Congress in July 2008, when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama asked him to be the campaign’sliaison to Congress. He worked in the same capacity during thetransition.
Schiliro was named assistant to the president for legislative affairsin November 2008.(9)
“The Obama administration is very lucky to have him work for them,”Waxman said. “[Schiliro] understands the Congress and the legislativeprocess probably better than anyone else around. He’s calm andrational and has a very good perspective on how to get thingsdone.”(10)The Issues
Environmental protection has been a longtime interest of Schiliro’s,dating back to his work as a New York teenager.
Waxman first noticed Schiliro while the staffer was fighting for thesurvival of the Clean Air Act in the 1980s and has called Schiliro astrong force behind the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1990, whichlet the EPA set the levels of pollutants allowed in the atmosphere andpermitted companies to bank and trade emissions.(11) Schiliro alsohelped investigate the threat of pesticide residue in foods,(12) andhe said at the start of the 110th Congress that he intended to focuson “whether the [Bush] administration has been distorting andsuppressing the science of global warming.”(13)Investigations
Waxman, with Schiliro at his side, took a starring role on the HouseOversight panel. For much of the last decade, their hands were tied bytheir minority status, but Waxman’s team still issued reports onglobal warming, intelligence in Iraq and the levels of formaldehydefound in federal trailers given to Gulf Coast residents following thehurricanes in 2005.
After taking over as Oversight chairman in 2007, Waxman had subpoenapower and used to it to aggressively challenge a wide array of Bushadministration officials and programs.
Less than three months after assuming the chairmanship in 2007, Waxmanheld hearings investigating the Defense Department’s awarding of Iraqcontracts. The hearings led the Pentagon to withhold $20 million frommilitary contractor Halliburton after Waxman’s committee found thecompany wrongly charged taxpayers for subcontracted work. Thecommittee also investigated the security contractor Blackwater USA for195 “escalation of force” incidents.(14)
Schiliro also played a large role in the high-profile investigation ofMajor League Baseball for steroid use by its players. Schiliro, anavid baseball fan, convinced Waxman to act after concluding that MLBwasn’t taking seriously enough the increasingly common allegations ofsteroids use. Schiliro said he was worried that continued steroids usewould convince young athletes to use drugs too, and Waxman claimedthat partially because of Schiliro, there has been a change inattitude toward steroid use in all sports.(15)(16)Financial Bailout and Stimulus Package
It didn’t take long for Schiliro to take on a tough task as thecongressional liaison for Obama. During the 2008 race, Obamadispatched Schiliro to talk with House Democrats who were skepticalabout the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street.(17) Then, just a monthafter Obama’s election, Schiliro found himself on the Hill trying toconvince members of Congress to support a $20 billion loan for the“Big Three” American car companies. Schiliro desperately tried to getlawmakers to stay in Washington until they reached a deal.(18)
That didn’t happen, but President George W. Bush allocated the fundsto act as a bridge loan to the struggling companies.(19) Then,following the recess, Schiliro was back to work explaining Obama’sproposed $800 billion economic stimulus package to congressionalstaffers. Obama wants the package, which will include both tax cutsand infrastructure investment, to be ready for him to sign by thefirst few weeks of his administration. Obama also made it clear thathe wants the stimulus bill to be free of earmarks, but it is likelythat congress will include more than what Obama asks for.(20)The Network
Schiliro’s closest political allies are Rep. Waxman, the recentlyelected chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and PhilBarnett, the staff director for the House Oversight and GovernmentReform Committee under Waxman. Schiliro worked for Waxman for 25years, and their friendship will likely prove invaluable for Obama,who, like Waxman, would like to use his first term to improve thecountry’s green energy infrastructure. Waxman is now in a position tohelp make that happen.
Schiliro also worked with Health and Human Services Secretary-nomineeTom Daschle for a year on the Hill.Footnotes
1. Ambiner, Marc, “Phil Schiliro will be Leg. Affairs point personat White House,” TheAtlantic.com, Nov. 15, 2008;http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/...e_leg_affa.php 2. Hirschfeld Davis, Julie, “Obama snags Hill insider for his WhiteHouse team,” The Associated Press via USA Today, Nov. 19, 2008;http://www.usatoday.com/news/politic...23332508_x.htm 3. Russo, Mike, “From Baldwin to the White House,” Herald CommunityNewspapers, Nov. 28, 2008; http://www.liherald.com/site/news.cf...d=477132&rfi=6 4. Chemnick, Jean, “Persistent Schiliro back as a co-pilot forOversight,” Politico.com, Feb. 1, 2007; http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0107/2543.html 5. Russo, Mike, “From Baldwin to the White House,” Herald CommunityNewspapers, Nov. 28, 2008; http://www.liherald.com/site/news.cf...d=477132&rfi=6 6. Chemnick, Jean, “Persistent Schiliro back as a co-pilot forOversight,” Politico.com, Feb. 1, 2007; http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0107/2543.html 7. The Almanac of the Unelected, 2008 edition 8. Chemnick, Jean, “Persistent Schiliro back as a co-pilot forOversight,” Politico.com, Feb. 1, 2007; http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0107/2543.html 9. Franke-Ruta, Garance, “Phil Schiliro takes on key congressionalliaison role in Obama administration,” WashingtonPost.com, Nov. 15,2008; http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the...n_key_con.html 10. Russo, Mike, “From Baldwin to the White House,” Herald CommunityNewspapers, Nov. 28, 2008; http://www.liherald.com/site/news.cf...d=477132&rfi=6 11. “Clean Air Act,” Environmental Protection Agency Web site;http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/ 12. Russo, Mike, “From Baldwin to the White House,” Herald CommunityNewspapers, Nov. 28, 2008; http://www.liherald.com/site/news.cf...d=477132&rfi=6 13. Chemnick, Jean, “Persistent Schiliro back as a co-pilot forOversight,” Politico.com, Feb. 1, 2007; http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0107/2543.html 14. The Almanac of the Unelected, 2008 edition 15. Russo, Mike, “From Baldwin to the White House,” Herald CommunityNewspapers, Nov. 28, 2008; http://www.liherald.com/site/news.cf...d=477132&rfi=6 16. Chemnick, Jean, “Persistent Schiliro back as a co-pilot forOversight,” Politico.com, Feb. 1, 2007; http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0107/2543.html 17. Hirschfeld Davis, Julie, “Obama snags Hill insider for his WhiteHouse team,” The Associated Press via USA Today, Nov. 19, 2008;http://www.usatoday.com/news/politic...23332508_x.htm 18. “Obama keeps low profile in auto rescue talks,” The AssociatedPress via the International Herald Tribune, Nov. 22, 2008;http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/...to-Bailout.php 19. Nicholas, Peter, “Obama economic team refines plan,” Los AngelesTimes, Dec. 24, 2008; http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,4072432.story 20. Montgomery, Lori, “Obama team assembling $850 billion stimulus,”The Washington Post, Dec. 19, 2008; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...121804204.html
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Monday, January 26, 2009
Lawn and Landscape Magazine
Update on Legislative Issues that Can Affect Your Business
By Tom Delaney
In his monthly column, Tom Delaney, director of government affairs forthe Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), outlines some of theinitiatives and legislation that can have in impact on the greenindustry. This month's update includes a gamut of issues includingpesticide regulations, sustainability standards and human resourceregulations.
New kinds of state legislation issues we are seeing:
In New York, Bill No. A01803, introduced Jan. 12, would amend theenvironmental conservation law, in relation to pre-installation,review, and certification of green roof materials; and the tax law toestablish a green roof installation credit.
IL HB 235 lists requirements for reclaimed water for use in landscapeirrigation. Reclaimed water is water collected from a combination ofharvested storm (raw) water, domestic potable water, and condensedwater from air-conditioning systems.
FlaPLANET Director of Government Affairs Tom Delaney
We are tracking any state crane legislation that may affect tree orlandscape companies. Some states are establishing Crane OperatorsLicense and Safety Acts that include defining terms; requiring alicense to operate certain cranes; providing exceptions; providingqualifications for license; providing qualifications for traineelicense; providing for application of license; providing for testing;providing for renewal of license, and other provisions. Last yearMaryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York were examples ofstates with legislation proposed.
Sustainable Sites Initiative
PLANET has submitted comments on a Sustainable Sites Initiative reportthat is the product of more than two years of work by a diverse groupof experts in soils, hydrology, vegetation, materials, and humanhealth and well-being. The Sustainable Sites Initiative is aninterdisciplinary effort by the American Society of LandscapeArchitects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the U.S.Botanical Garden to create voluntary national guidelines andperformance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction, andmaintenance practices. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), astakeholder in the initiative, anticipates incorporating the report’sguidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of theLEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green GuideRating System.
Animal Pesticide Poisoning Reporting
Veterinarians are being asked to report pesticide poisoning incidentson a new Web site, designed to help them track pet-related pesticidepoisoning incidents. The incident reporting site is part of theAmerican Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Web site. It wasdeveloped by the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) withinput from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s)Pesticide Program, AVMA’s Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee,and the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents “to capture theoptimal amount of relevant information using a form that is quick forbusy practitioners to fill out.” The data is to be evaluated by theEPA. Unfortunately, many reports may get listed with no reference tothe real cause, as is the case with many incident reports filed withpoison control centers. Unless proper investigation and laboratorytesting is done, many pesticide poisoning symptoms are the same as forother illnesses (such as the flu) and are counted as being caused bypesticide when they may not be.
Video Shows Green Practices to Manage Stormwater Runoff
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. BotanicGarden produced an online video, “Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, SpreadIt Out, Soak It In,” that highlights green techniques, such as raingardens, green roofs, and rain barrels, to help manage stormwaterrunoff.
The techniques are innovative stormwater management practices thatmanage urban stormwater runoff at its source and are very effective atreducing the volume of stormwater runoff and capturing harmfulpollutants. Using vegetated areas that capture runoff also improvesair quality, mitigates the effects of urban heat islands, and reducesa community’s overall carbon footprint.
The video highlights green techniques displayed in 2008 at the U.S.Botanic Garden’s “One Planet — Ours” Exhibit and a stormwatermanagement demonstration project that includes the installation ofseveral cisterns at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. For moreinformation, go to http://www.epa.gov/nps/lid.
A group of turfgrass scientists will meet with the EPA to advise theagency about the real-world science of evapotranspiration (ET) ratesfor landscape and ornamental plants in an effort to help the EPAunderstand the diversity of plant needs around the country. The ETrate, a calculation of how much water is needed for optimum planthealth, is based on the site’s environmental and climatic factors,such as temperature, amount of sunlight, humidity, and wind. We hopethe result brings more science and common sense to the EPA’s proposedlandscape guidelines in the WaterSense program.
A former EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Prevention,Pesticides, and Toxic Substances during the Clinton administrationpredicted there would be a renewed emphasis by the incomingadministration on reducing pesticide exposure in schools and onscrutinizing uses of cosmetic pesticides — those used for lawns anddecorative plants — and pesticides used in public places.
Others within the EPA think a pesticide drift draft notice by theagency could happen early in 2009. It would include guidance toapplicants and registrants concerning revising pesticide labelingstatements intended to protect people, nontarget organisms, and sitesfrom potential adverse effects that may be caused by pesticide driftfrom applications on nearby agricultural fields, but could alsoinclude other pesticide labels used by the green industry.
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is requesting that theEPA revoke all tolerances (maximum legal residue limits) and cancelall registrations for the pesticide 2,4-D. The petitioner, NRDC,claims that the EPA cannot make a finding that there is a reasonablecertainty of no harm from dietary residues of 2,4-D and, therefore,that the agency must revoke all tolerances established under section408 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the FoodQuality Protection Act.
We suggest you send your comments about the value of 2,4-D to youcompany’s pest control program to the EPA at the site listed below.Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0877 on orbefore Feb. 23. The EPA’s policy is that all comments received will beincluded in the docket without change and may be made available onlineat http://www.regulations.gov.
It appears that MSMA herbicide will only be available for use as aresidential weed control in 2009 and 2010. On Dec. 31, 2010, all usesof the product on residential turf will be discontinued; however, someremaining uses for products with MSMA will have label uses that willcontinue until 2013 or as otherwise indicated. As great as the need isfor this product, the industry is stuck with the registrants having tolive with the EPA’s Jan. 16 agreement. More information will soon beavailable.
PLANET continues to work with the Tree Care Industry (TCIA) as OSHAgathers data on how best to inspect those green industry companiesthat do tree work. OSHA has finally realized that trying to group thegreen industry with the tree logging industry is not a good fit andcan potentially be unsafe for green industry workers. PLANET alsocontinues to work with company members to train and alert employees onhow to avoid injury on the job. The number of employees being injuredin the green industry is too high, and PLANET partners with OSHA tohelp lower that number and improve the industry’s safety record.
Paid Sick Leave:
In 2008, Milwaukee became the third city in the United States,following San Francisco and Washington, D.C., to pass a law mandatingthat employers provide paid sick leave to employees. Washington,D.C.’s law was passed in March 2008 and has been in effect since Nov.13, 2008. San Francisco’s law has been in effect since February 2007.
These recent municipal paid sick leave laws show a trend at both thestate and municipal level towards heightened obligations on the partof employers to provide paid time off (PTO) to employees, whether inthe form of sick leave or paid family leave. Currently, California,New Jersey, Maine, and Maryland have laws requiring that employersprovide paid family leave or requiring that employers who otherwiseprovide PTO make such leave available for use under specifiedcircumstances. The state of Washington passed a similar paid familyleave law but has delayed implementation because of budgetconstraints. Several other states have introduced paid sick leavelaws, but none have passed. While there currently is no federallegislation mandating paid sick leave, such legislation has beenintroduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy, and the prospects for passing suchlaws have increased in light of the recent election results. PresidentObama already has signaled his support for worker-friendlylegislation, particularly in the area of sick leave.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issueda new Form I-9 and List of Acceptable Documents that are mandatory asof Feb. 2. Click here for a copy of the new Form I-9. Please be sureto familiarize yourself with the current List of Acceptable Documents,which differs from the previous one: no expired documents will beacceptable, some Employment Authorization Cards will no longer beacceptable, and U.S. Passport Cards will be added to List A.
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