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EPA Announces Revised Interim Decision for M-44 Predator Control Devices

first_imgDecision Includes New Restrictions And Revisions That Will Better Protect Public Health And Non-Target Animals From Accidental Exposurethe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a more protective interim decision on sodium cyanide, the compound used in M-44 devices to control certain wild predators, primarily coyotes, as part of the re-registration review process required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. After a careful review of the available information and extensive engagement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), EPA is issuing a revised interim decision on sodium cyanide that includes new requirements to ensure the continued safe use of the device. The agency’s new requirements enhance protections by adding increased distances for device placement.“EPA appreciates the commitment from USDA to work with the agency to ensure that there are safe and effective tools for farmers and ranchers to protect livestock,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Alexandra Dunn. “Through our discussions, we identified new restrictions that will raise awareness and create additional buffers around where M-44s are placed, which will reduce the potential for unintended impacts on humans, pets, and other non-target animals.”“We rely on a variety of tools and techniques to meet our public service mission in the safest and most effective manner possible,” said Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area. “The M-44 plays an important role in achieving that mission by protecting livestock and threatened and endangered species and helping to stop the spread of disease. I appreciate EPA’s recognition of that role and consideration of our input throughout this process.”“NASDA appreciates the EPA’s continued steps to prioritize public safety and support American ranchers, as M-44 is an essential tool for guarding our nation’s livestock. NASDA members hold highly the responsibility of ensuring the viability of American ranches, therefore, improved guidelines for safety measures are always welcomed,” said the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn.“M-44s are an important tool for livestock producers and we applaud Administrator Wheeler and his team at EPA working with USDA to ensure that ranchers maintain access to this predator control device,” said Public Lands Council President Bob Skinner“We sincerely appreciate USDA and EPA working together to ensure livestock producers have access to effective predator control, while also increasing public awareness and transparency,” said American Sheep Industry Association President Benny Cox. “Livestock producers face heavy losses from predators, amounting to more than $232 million in death losses annually. We are particularly vulnerable during lambing and calving, where we see the worst predation.”“NCBA, and many of our affiliates such as the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, appreciate EPA’s decision to retain the use of this important tool. Livestock producers have to contend with predation of livestock on a daily basis and having access to every tool in the toolbox allows our ranchers to continue to protect the herd,” said Ethan Lane, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Nile Rodgers Reveals He’s Cancer Free, Details Personal Triumphs & Losses In New Video

first_imgIn 2010, legendary producer and CHIC musician Nile Rodgers began a cancer battle following the discovery of a “mysterious growth on [his] right kidney.” In the time since the diagnosis, Rodgers has been living life to the fullest, finding widespread pop success with his collaborations with Daft Punk on 2013’s Random Access Memories in addition to his ever-fruitful career touring and in production. Happily, the iconic musician recently declared “100 percent recovery” following a recent surgery, noting to fans, “You can start dancing, singing and cheering now!”The Hitmaker: An Interview With Legendary Producer Nile RodgersIn an intimate and extended video blog post, Rodgers detailed to fans his journey since his 2010 cancer diagnosis. While the post has an undeniable optimistic tone, the guitarist explains the emotional gravity of and the personal loss during the last two years. As a former producer of other icons like David Bowie, Madonna, and more, he elaborated, “One of my greatest artists, David Bowie, died at the top of 2016; a few months later, Prince passed away; and then George Michael died Christmas Day, 48 hours after I’d just worked on his film and worked on his last record.” He continues, “My friend, musician extraordinaire Chris Cornell, would die this past spring. My young first cousin dropped dead of a coronary with no prior warning … and my mother is currently suffering from Stage-VI Alzheimer’s.”Listen To George Michael’s Reworked “Fantasy” With Nile RodgersWith so much loss immediately present in his life, this cancer-free diagnosis is an optimistic cap on the last few years. While the recent surgery forced Rodgers to postpone his touring plans for 2017, the guitarist obviously has his eyes set on the future, offering that “what will happen next year is beyond any of my wildest dreams.” He ends his post on a jubilant note, stating, “After the last seven years of amazing life, I would have never believed that my body would be invaded by another cancer. … CANCER REALLY? I’m done. 2018 here I come!”You can watch Nile Rodgers’ full video post below, and we’ll see you on the road, Nile! [H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Soesdyke man slapped with murder charge

first_imgA man from Soesdyke was on Friday brought before City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with the capital offence of murder.Orel ColeOrel Cole, 26, of Lot 70 Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, is accused of killing John Knight on August 1.His attorney Mark Conway told the court that the accused is a father of two who has no prior convictions. He also said that others are yet to be arrested in connection with the murder.The Prosecution file was incomplete as such information surrounding the murder remains sketchy.He was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on August 30.last_img read more