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This edition of Processors Monthy includes articles introducing new officers for the Board of Directors, information on the individual WDR , CA SIP approval, Incentive Funding for Owner/Operator ...

This edition of Processors Monthy includes articles introducing new officers for the Board of Directors, information on the individual WDR , CA SIP approval, Incentive Funding for Owner/Operator Trucks, and more!

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  • 1. WAPA Board of Directors Elects New Officers The Western Agricultural Processors Associa- tion (WAPA) is pleased to announce our new Officers for the Board of Directors. Don Bar- ton, of Gold River Orchards has been ap- pointed as the new Chairman of the Board. 1st Vice Chair- man is Mark Turmon of Si- erra Valley Al- monds. Elected as 2nd Vice Chairman is Mike Kelley of Central Cali- fornia Almond Growers Asso- ciation and serving as the Secretary / Treasurer will be Butch Coburn of Hughson Nut. Outgoing Chairman Bob Lange, of Sierra Valley Hulling, will be the Immediate Past Chairman. The officers will each serve a two year term in these positions. Other Board Members include Mark Kazarian, Tule River Cooperative Dryer; Lincoln Forry, Forry Or- chards; and Don Van Schuyver, Semi Tropic Cooperative. The Board wishes to recognize outgoing Chairman Bob Lange for his out- standing and meritorious services in the first four (4) years of the Association, and his ex- traordinary efforts in seeing the Association through its infancy. His foresight and un- equivocal support were instrumental in the success WAPA has enjoyed so far. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Staff here at WAPA we wish to thank and recognize Bob for the tremendous effort he put forth on behalf of the entire WAPA Membership. It is sin- cerely appreciated! Individual WDR Passed The waste discharge requirements for growers who do not enroll with a coalition group for coverage under the Long-term Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program was adopted by the Cen- tral Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board on July 26th . It is not anticipated that many growers will enroll under the Individual WDR, but the order was necessary for those who fail to get coalition coverage, fail to meet coalition membership requirements, or in ar- eas where there is no coalition coverage. The CVRWQCB will begin enforcement of the Indi- vidual WDR once a coalition WDR enrollment date has passed. The Individual WDR is not automatic and growers wishing to participate must first submit a request to the CVRWQCB. If you have any questions regard- ing the Individual WDR or the Coalition Group WDR’s, please contact Casey Creamer at (559) 455-9272 or email at Newsletter of the Western Agricultural Processors Association Processors MonthlySeptember 2013 Volume 5, Issue 9 Industry Calendar December 17 Board of Directors Mtg— Fresno WAPA Staff Roger A. Isom President / CEO Casey D. Creamer Vice President Aimee Brooks Director of Regulatory Affairs Elda Brueggemann Director of Environmental & Safety Services Irma Ramirez Safety Assistant Shana Colby Administrative Assistant WAPA Office 1785 N. Fine Avenue Fresno, CA 93727 P: (559) 455-9272 F: (559) 251-4471 Welcome New Regular Members! Grizzly Nut Rotteveel Orchards Tos Land Company Welcome New Associate Members! Calcom Solar InterState Oil Company
  • 2. Incentive Funding Available for Truck Owner/Operators At a recent San Joa- quin Valley Air Pollu- tion Control District Governing Board meeting, SJVAPCD staff acknowledged impending concerns regarding the January 1, 2014 deadline for the ARB truck rule. Staff expressed spe- cific concerns for the more vulnerable small truck fleets and owner/operators. The district expects widespread noncompliance by small fleets and single owner/ operators who have endured the economic downturn and can’t afford required retrofits or the purchase of a new truck to remain in compliance by the January 1. 2014 deadline. For many of these small truck fleets or owner/ operators, the retrofit costs to remain in compliance are estimated between $15,000- $20,000 and in many cases exceed the value of the truck. To address this issue, the district recommended establishing an incentive program for owner/operators to replace their trucks using the Dis- trict’s Truck Voucher Program. The program would aim to:  Utilize $7 million dollars of funding in the District’s 2013/2014 budget for the Truck Voucher Program.  Prioritize single owner/operators for funding until De- cember 31, 2013.  Leverage ARB’s load assistance programs for trucks to help finance single owner/operators.  A targeted outreach campaign to target Valley-based single owner/operators. WAPA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Aimee Brooks tes- tified at the Governing Board meeting and addressed the board saying “our members who are affected will want to do the right thing and remain in compliance, but they will need assistance from programs like this to help with the large costs associated with meeting ARB’s truck rule re- quirements.” This program reflects WAPA’s continued support of incentive programs as opposed to a command and control compliance program. The item was approved by the Governing Board and now the Executive Director/APCO will make the administrative changes needed to the District’s existing Truck Voucher Program. WAPA will be updating you with the latest de- velopments. EPA Proposing to Approve Revised SIP, Interim Final Rule Issued California has revised its State Implementation Plan (SIP) addressing the Clean Air Act’s nonattainment area contin- gency measure requirements for the 1997 annual and 24- hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards in the San Joaquin Valley. EPA is pro- posing to approve this SIP revision and as a result would terminate the sanctions clocks and Federal Implementa- tion Plan (FIP) clock EPA imposed on the state from a pre- vious SIP submission that was partially disapproved. The disapproval was based on contingency measures in the SIP that did provide significant emission reductions and thus put in place the sanction and FIP clocks. Changes made to the SIP contingency measures include proving that the area has met its 2012 reasonable further pro- gress (RFP) emissions target and measurable additional reductions from several adopted measures and incentive funds. In addition to the proposed approval of the contin- gency measures, EPA is issuing an Interim Final Rule. It will keep emission off set sanctions currently in place in the SJV and defer future highway funding sanctions. These changes were made based on the proposed ap- proval of California’s revised SIP. A 30 day comment pe- riod has been granted for EPA’s Approval and Promulga- tion of Implementation Plans; California; San Joaquin Val- ley; Contingency measures for the 1997 PM2.5 Standards and the Interim Final Determination to Stay and Defer Sanctions; California; San Joaquin Valley. WAPA Participates in FDA Tour for FSMA WAPA President/CEO Roger Isom participated in a recent tour of tree nut facilities by personnel of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The tour consisted of one day tour each with pistachios, almonds and walnuts culminat- ing in a wrap-up meeting at Diamond Foods in Stockton with several groups including the Almond Board of Cali- fornia, California Walnut Board, Almond Hullers and Processors Association and American Council on Food Safety and Quality. Isom participated in the walnut tour day and the wrap-up meeting. One of WAPA’s priorities has been the issue of treating hullers as finished products processors in the Preventative Controls Regulation and Isom specifically addressed this with FDA in the tour and at the wrap-up session. FDA personnel participated in the tour to better understand the tree nut industry and how the Preventative Controls Regulation and the Produce Safety Regulation would impact the tree nut industry. Processors Monthly—Page 2
  • 3. WAPA Attends Important Immigration Meeting WAPA President/CEO Roger Isom participated in a spe- cial meeting in Fresno with Congressman Xavier Becerra of California to discuss the Federal Immigration Legisla- tion currently in the House of Representatives. The meeting with Congressman Becerra, who is a leader in the bipartisan group of representatives negotiating the immigration legislation on the House side, comes at a critical time in the legislative process. Failure to move the bill this year, means we probably won’t see immigra- tion reform for a while, because it will be very difficult to move the bill in an election year. Coordinating the meet- ing was Congressman Jim Costa, and the agricultural groups represented included WAPA, the Nisei Farmers League, the California Cotton Ginners and Growers As- sociations, Western Growers Association, California Cit- rus Mutual and the California Grape and Tree Fruit League. Taking Safety to the Membership In an effort unmatched in the industry, WAPA is taking key safety issues to its members. At no additional cost to our Tier 2 members, Director of Environmental and Safety Services Elda Brueggemann and Safety Assistant Irma Ramirez have been conducting heat illness and Hazard Communication Training at our member facilities. The Hazard Communication training is focused on the new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) require- ments that must be conducted by December 1st of this year. Update on Air Monitoring Network At an August 16th Pesticide Registration and Evaluation Committee meeting, the Department of Pesticide Regula- tion (DPR) provided an update on their Air Monitoring Network (AMN). The update included results of the AMN for 2012 and potential changes for the AMN for 2014. WAPA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Aimee Brooks at- tended the meeting. The AMN screened a total of 38 pesticides (33 pesticides and 5 breakdown products) using four different sampling methods to collect and examine pesticide detections. The AMN chose three different areas of California to monitor: Ripon, Salinas, and Shafter. Results for the AMN for 2012 concluded that none of the pesticides exceeded their screening levels for any of the exposure periods. DPR de- Processors Monthly—Page 3 veloped screening levels for the monitored pesticides to determine how they might affect human health. Results indicated a low health risk to people in the communities that were monitored. In addition to sharing the encouraging results of the AMN for 2012, DPR also discussed possible monitoring plan changes for 2014. Possible changes included:  How many samples to collect?  How often to sample?  What communities to monitor?  How communities to monitor should be chosen?  Which pesticides to monitor? These possible changes will be discussed at the next PREC meeting, September 20, 2013. More detailed information about the AMN and its results can be found at the DPR website at Rule 4308 Updates At a recent SJVAPCD workshop, draft amendments to Rule 4308 (Boilers, Steam Generators, and Process Heat- ers – 0.075 MMbtu/hr to less than 2.0 MMBtu/hr) were discussed. Proposed amendments to the point of sale rule included:  Lowing the NOx emissions limit to 22pmv for instan- taneous water heaters with a rated heat input of 0.075-0.4 MMbtu/hr by 2025.  Clarifying rule applicability (Exemption for hot water pressure washers)  Removing expired and redundant language and add- ing clarifying language. SJVAPCD staff concluded that such provisions would help the district fulfill a commitment from the 2012 PM2.5 Plan, reduce NOx, and improve rule clarity. WAPA’s Direc- tor of Regulatory Affairs attended the workshop due to its potential to impact WAPA’s nut processing members. WAPA’s focus will be to ensure the rule did not become a mandatory retrofit or replacement rule.
  • 4. Western Agricultural Processors Association 1785 N. Fine Avenue Fresno, CA 93727 PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID FRESNO, CA PERMIT NO. 2201 Join WAPA on Social Media! WAPA now has a Facebook page and a LinkedIn page. We highly encour- age you to “Like Us” on Facebook and “Follow Us” on LinkedIn. Both of these sites provide timely updates on issues, information on upcoming events, news stories affecting the industry and much more! To “Like” us on Facebook: 1. Log onto your Facebook account or create one! 2. Type in the Search Bar: Western Agricultural Processors Association. 3. Click our page and hit “Like” To “Follow Us” on LinkedIn 1. Log into your LinkedIn account or create one! 2. Type in the Search Bar: Western Agricultural Processors Association. 3. Click our page and hit “Follow us”