Day: March 25, 2016

Senator Inhofe Admonishes EPA on Neonics

Last week, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), expressing concern with a series of risk assessments being conducted on neonicotinoid insecticides known as “neonics.”

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Neonicotinoids Acknowledged As Valuable to Save Trees

By a unanimous vote last week, the Duluth City Council resolved to stop using neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics)  on city property and instructed staff members to do their best to steer clear of plants that have been treated with the insecticide. However, councilors offered one exception — authorizing the use of neonicotinoids to protect high-value ash […]

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First Half of H-2B Cap Reached

Last week, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a statement indicating that they had “received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. March 15, 2016 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date […]

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OSHA Issues New Silica Rules

Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new rules related to silica which could impact any landscape companies that drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and requires controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust. OSHA indicated that they issued the rule to curb lung cancer, […]

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