Government Affairs: Will Congress beat Trump to the punch in rescinding WOTUS?

August 3, 2017By

Congress and President Trump seem to be in a race to rescind the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation issued by the Obama administration. The WOTUS regulation was a joint effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to clarify the definition of water bodies that would come under their regulatory jurisdiction. The... read more

Senate confirms Pruitt as head of EPA

February 23, 2017By

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt Feb. 17 as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—an organization Pruitt has spent his career opposing. Senators voted 52 to 46 to confirm Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the EPA to overturn regulations on various forms of pollution, climate change and clean water. A lone Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, voted against Pruitt,... read more

Government Affairs: New federal pesticide certification rules are final

January 4, 2017By

The pesticide applicator certification regulations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working on for well over a year, are now final and have been published in the Federal Register. These regulations are the last of several regulatory packages affecting landscape professionals pushed through the regulatory process in the last two years of the Obama Administration. Although the regulations... read more

A closer look at the EPA’s WaterSense program

September 26, 2016By

The EPA’s WaterSense program has placed the topic of water conservation on the forefront for 10 years and counting. In its 10 years, WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has helped save 1.5 trillion gallons of water and $32.6 billion in water and energy bills for consumers across the country. The program has established... read more

EPA touts a decade of WaterSense savings

July 13, 2016By

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program was launched in June 2006, WaterSense-labeled products have helped Americans reduce their water use by 1.5 trillion gallons of water, the EPA reports. That’s more than the amount needed to supply every household in California with water for a year. WaterSense and its more than 1,700 organizational partners, including the Irrigation... read more

Pesticides through the EPA-approval process

May 2, 2016By

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates pesticides through a stringent process. It can take chemical companies many months or years before they’re permitted to sell their products. Here’s how it works. Chemical company invents new product. (This could be a new active ingredient or new combination of ingredients.) Test + data. The chemical company is responsible for funding and compiling... read more