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Portland Harbor

Companies will Pay $746 Million to Clean Up Superfund Site

The EPA will ask more than 150 companies and other groups to foot the $746 million bill to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The proposed plan to remove 65 contaminants along the 10-mile stretch of Oregon’s Willamette River will take 30 years, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. The agency … Read more »

soybeans

EPA Moves to Ban Bayer Pesticide

After Bayer CropScience and Nichino America refused to voluntarily pull their insecticides containing flubendiamide off the market, the EPA has moved to ban sales of the commercial pest control products. Flubendiamide is used on more than 200 crops, including soybeans, almonds, tobacco, peanuts, cotton, lettuce, alfalfa, tomatoes, watermelon and bell … Read more »

soybeans

Bayer Refuses EPA’s Request to Pull Pesticide in US

Bayer Crop Science says it has refused a request by the EPA to pull its Belt pesticide off the market in the US. The chemical company says the EPA is exaggerating the environmental risk posed by flubendiamide, the pesticide’s active ingredient, and says it will seek a review of the … Read more »

Bayer

Bayer Fined $5.6M for Deadly Chemical Explosion

Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay $5.6 million to resolve violations of federal chemical accident prevention laws at its facility in Institute, West Virginia, where an explosion killed two people in 2008. Under the settlement with the US government, Bayer committed to spending $4.23 million to improve emergency preparedness and … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Car Charging, US Water Alliance, Ceco Environmental

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Car Charging Group: The owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle car charging services has appointed Mike Calise as the company’s chief executive officer. Prior to joining Car Charging, Calise served as the head of North America EV … Read more »

Bayer CropScience Opens $12M Agriculture Center

Bayer CropScience has opened its $12 million SeedGrowth Equipment Innovation Center, which aims to advance sustainable agriculture. The 135,000-square-foot facility on 11 acres of land in Shakopee, Minnesota, focuses on the equipment design and manufacturing business and promotes research and development on seed treatment products, seed coatings, equipment and services. … Read more »

EPA to Bayer, Dow, DuPont: Label Pesticides Correctly

The EPA has reached three settlements with Bayer CropScience, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Dow AgroSciences resolving the agency’s allegations that the companies or their agents distributed and sold pesticide products that lacked required labels or were missing critical information on the labels. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide … Read more »

China Ban Slows, Stops GMO Seed Roll-Out

Syngenta and Dow AgroScience are tightly controlling US launches of new GMO seeds, and Bayer CropScience has decided to keep a new soybean variety on hold as the result of China’s import barriers of some US genetically modified crops, Reuters reports. In November 2013, Chinese ports began rejecting US imports saying they … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Social Cost of Carbon, GHG Reporting, ‘Wasteful’ Pesticide Regs

The White House has issued updated values for the social cost of carbon, reflecting “minor technical corrections,” The Hill reports. The changes lower the central estimated value of the SCC in 2015 to $37 per metric ton of CO2, from the $38 estimate released in May. The Office of Information and … Read more »

Cornell University

Cornell Opens Climate Change and Agriculture Center

Cornell University has started a center to help farmers adapt their operations to climate change. The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture will serve as a clearinghouse for research, climate monitoring, decision-support tools and applications at the intersection of climate and agriculture, the Cornell Chronicle reports. One of the … Read more »

Bayer CropScience e3

Bayer CropScience Launches Sustainable Cotton Program

Bayer CropScience has launched a sustainable cotton program, e3, that the company says provides stringent guidelines for US farmers who grow its Certified FiberMax or Stoneville cotton. Bayer’s Certified FiberMax and Stoneville programs allow buyers to identify where their cotton was grown using a Bayer-maintained certification database. The company says … Read more »