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  • EPA Announces Revision to Rules for Pesticide Use on Farms - Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
    Regulatory Email to a Friend EPA Announces Revision to Rules for Pesticide Use on Farms Thursday October 01 2015 0 Comments Share October 01 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency EPA announced several revisions to rules governing pesticide use on farms to better protect farmworkers on Monday September 28 2015 The revised rules are designed to modernize safeguards for agricultural laborers and make them comparable to safeguards that protect employees in other industries Some of the biggest changes include the following prohibiting children from handling pesticides requiring workers to be at least 18 years old to mix load or apply the chemicals on fields and require mandatory pesticide training for farmworkers each year instead of every five years There are an estimated two million U S and migrant farmworkers and the EPA reports between 1 800 and 3 000 incidents involving pesticide exposure each year The current worker protection standards have not been revised since they were introduced in 1992 The EPA stated that the revisions will be published in the Federal Register within the next 60 days To view an article from The Wall Street Journal click here To view more information on the revisions from the EPA click here

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  • EPA Updates Worker Protection Standards for Farmworkers - Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
    for Farmworkers EPA announced today stronger protections for the nation s two million agricultural workers and their families working on farms forests nurseries and greenhouses EPA revised the existing Worker Protection Standard WPS 40 CFR part 170 to reduce occupational pesticide exposure and incidents of related illness among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers The final rule has not yet been published The new requirements will go into effect the first week of December 2016 The exact date has not been determined Highlights of the revisioninclude Employers must ensure that workers and handlers receive pesticide safety training every year Employers must post warning signs around treated areas when the product used has a restricted entry interval REI greater than 48 hours Workers who must enter a treated area when an REI is in effect must be given information about the pesticide used the specific task s to be performed the personal protective equipment PPE required by the label and the amount of time the worker may remain in the treated area Employers must maintain and make available to workers and handlers their designated representatives and treating medical personnel upon request the pesticide application specific information and the SDSs for pesticides used on the establishment for two years Handlers must suspend application if they are aware of any person in the application exclusion zone other than a properly trained and equipped handler involved in the application See comparison chart of the new protections to the existing protections here http www2 epa gov sites production files 2015 09 documents comparison chart wps pdf Read the one page fact sheet here http www2 epa gov sites production files 2015 09 documents worker protection factsheet pdf Learn all the details here http www2 epa gov pesticide worker safety revisions worker protection standard SOURCE Copyright 2015

    Original URL path: http://www.wsnla.org/news/253388/ui.item.url; (2016-04-24)
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  • L&I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers’ comp rates for 2016 - Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
    to a Friend L I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers comp rates for 2016 Tuesday September 29 2015 0 Comments Posted by Breanne Chavez Share L I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers comp rates for 2016 The agency will hold a series of public hearings where people can learn about and comment on the proposed rates Click here for more information on the proposal and scheduled

    Original URL path: http://www.wsnla.org/news/252942/ui.item.url; (2016-04-24)
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  • Notable Snowpack Increase Strengthens Spring and Summer Runoff - Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
    from SNOTEL and April 1 snow surveys included the North Puget Sound river basins with 105 percent of normal the Central and South Puget river basins with 95 percent and 103 percent respectively and the Lower Columbia basins with 117 percent of normal Snowpack along the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains included the Yakima area with 110 percent and the Wenatchee area with 108 percent Snowpack in the Spokane River Basin was at 95 percent and the Walla Walla River Basin had 127 percent of the long term median The state received above normal precipitation for the month of March keeping year to date statewide SNOTEL averages above normal at 132 percent The central and northeast areas of the state recorded the highest percentages in the state Swift Creek SNOTEL near Mt St Helens received nearly 1 inch per day for a total of 29 1 inches and precipitation for the month of March Seasonal reservoir levels in Washington can vary greatly due to specific watershed management practices required in preparation for irrigation season fisheries management power generation municipal demands and flood control April 1 Reservoir storage in the Yakima Basin was 664 000 acre feet 130 percent of average for the Upper Reaches and 196 000 acre feet or 130 percent of average for Rimrock and Bumping Lakes The power generation reservoirs included the following Coeur d Alene Lake 181 000 acre feet 110 percent of average and 76 percent of capacity and the Skagit River reservoirs at 64 percent of average and 33 percent of capacity Recent climate impacts and management procedures may affect these numbers on a daily or weekly basis Above normal temperatures continue to drive greater than normal daily runoff throughout the state However a strong snowpack and precipitation accumulation are helping to keep

    Original URL path: http://www.wsnla.org/news/284032/ui.item.url; (2016-04-24)
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  • Higher Temperatures and Rain Melt Snowpack, Spring Flooding Possible - Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
    109 on February 1 and 120 on January 1 The Skykomish River Basin reported the lowest readings at 62 of the 30 year median for March 1 and the Methow had the most snow with 135 Most basins reported a net loss from last month primarily due to the lack of fresh snow Westside medians from SNOTEL and March 1 snow surveys included the North Puget Sound river basins with 93 of normal the Central and South Puget river basins with 84 and 82 respectively and the Lower Columbia basins with 101 of normal Snowpack along the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains included the Yakima area with 98 and the Wenatchee area with 108 Snowpack in the Spokane River Basin was at 83 and the Walla Walla River Basin had 107 of the long term median The state received above normal precipitation for the month of February keeping year to date statewide SNOTEL averages above normal at 130 Only north central and south east parts of the state fell below 100 Quillayute State Airport measured 152 of normal rainfall The wettest SNOTEL in the state was Skookum Creek located in the Tolt River Basin which collected 23 5 inches of precipitation or 201 of normal during the month of February Seasonal reservoir levels in Washington can vary greatly due to specific watershed management practices required in preparation for irrigation season fisheries management power generation municipal demands and flood control A very wet February helped buffer some reservoir levels supplementing any chance of lower snow levels March 1 Reservoir storage in the Yakima Basin was 580 000 acre feet 129 of average for the Upper Reaches and 199 000 acre feet or 145 of average for Rimrock and Bumping Lakes The power generation reservoirs included the following Coeur d Alene

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  • Seattle, Everett and Tacoma are asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 10%. - Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
    Management Economic Impact Low Impact Development Charitable Fund Make a Donation Store Events Search Our Site Search Edit This Favorite Name Category Share Yes No Keep Private News Press Water Topics Updates Email to a Friend Seattle Everett and Tacoma are asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 Tuesday September 29 2015 0 Comments Posted by Breanne Chavez Share Our industry is poised to help achieve this goal Be sure to remind and recommend wise water use services that help your current and potential clients achieve a 10 water use reduction In addition share water saving solutions generously with your customers and clients Here are two resources to for your use to share with your customers and client communication channels Saving Water Partnership WSNLA Water Saving Solutions WSNLA is an active stakeholder on the Water Shortage Advisory Group initiated by Seattle Public Utilities and will continue to be a part of the conversation as we move through a dry year and look forward to a similar year in 2016 Back to Index more Latest News 4 12 2016 Washington State Department of Agriculture releases annual pesticide report 4 12 2016 USDA Seeks Partner Proposals to Protect and Restore

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  • WSNLA PROseries Earlybird Registration Ends October 2. - Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
    Favorite Name Category Share Yes No Keep Private News Press WSNLA Deadlines Email to a Friend WSNLA PROseries Earlybird Registration Ends October 2 Tuesday September 29 2015 0 Comments Posted by Breanne Chavez Share Invest in your business through professional development Don t miss out on this year s WSNLA PROseries Earlybird registration ends October 2 Click here for more information Back to Index more Latest News 4 12 2016

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  • Promote Your Plants, Products & Services in the WSNLA Directory & Buyer's Guide. Deadline October 9. - Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
    October 9 Tuesday September 29 2015 0 Comments Posted by Breanne Chavez Share You re invited to promote your plant availability products and services in the WSNLA Directory Buyers Guide In print and online this resource is used all year by nursery and landscape professionals sourcing materials and services for their business and landscape projects The WSNLA Directory Buyer s Guide is the only resource of its kind in Washington

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