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Update on US EPA Phosphine Registration Review

Now that the public comment period has closed for the registration review of Aluminum Phosphide, Magnesium Phosphide & phosphine fumigants we wanted to share with you an update on the status of the Proposed Interim Decision (PID).

This update includes a review of the timeline, the proposed risk mitigation policies, updated descriptions of the PPE, the discussion surrounding buffer zones, pesticide resistance management, and several talking points for our industry to discuss and consider.

You can view and download our PID update by clicking here.

If you’d like to view the public comments submitted to the US EPA you can click here.

If you have any questions about this topic, or any other inquiries please feel free to email us at info@degeschamerica.com.


GEAPS Postpones Exchange 2021 in Columbus until August

GEAPS International Board of Directors has postponed GEAPS Exchange 2021 due to continuing concerns about COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season.  Originally scheduled for February of next year, the event will now take place at the Columbus Convention Center Aug. 6-9, 2021. Registration opens in May.

For more information, please click here for the GEAPS official announcement.


DOT Hours of Service Changes To Go Into Effect September 29, 2020

On June 1, 2020, FMCSA revised the hours of service (HOS) regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers without adversely affecting safety. Motor carriers are required to comply with the new HOS regulations starting on September 29, 2020, not before.

What is Changing?

1. Short-haul Exception

Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception.

2. Adverse Driving Conditions Exception

Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours.

3. 30-Minute Break Requirement

Requires a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break.

4. Sleeper Berth Provision

Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7, rather than at least 8 hours of that period in the berth and a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualify period counts against the 14-hour driving window.

To learn more about the final rule, please visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service