NASDA Meets with EPA Leadership on Importance of State Partnerships

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Last week, members of the NASDA-EPA Steering Committee met with EPA Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Jim Jones, Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, incoming AA for OCSPP, and Ron Carleton, Ag Counselor to the Administrator to discuss the importance of EPA working with the state departments of agriculture to improve, leverage, and enhance dialogue to support informed and applicable policy initiatives impacting U.S. agriculture.

The NASDA-EPA Steering Committee was led by Director McKinney, Director Gould, Secretary Witte, Secretary Northey (via teleconference), and Bonnie Rabe, Division Director for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.  The wide-ranging conversation included discussion on implementation challenges around the new Worker Protection Standards, the final Certification & Training rule, and the need to cultivate and enhance communication and education between NASDA members and EPA leadership on issues related to current or future regulatory or policy initiatives impacting U.S. agriculture.  NASDA appreciates Ron Carleton’s leadership in helping to drive this discussion forward.

Pictured Left to Right: Ted McKinney (IN); Barb Glenn (NASDA); Bonnie Rabe (NM); Stan Meiburg (EPA); Jeff Witte (NM); Ron Carleton (EPA); Celia Gould (ID): Jim Jones (EPA); Wendy Cleland-Hamnett (EPA).