NAU WATCH: SPP Regulatory Cooperation Framework

Here is the time-line for the Security & Prosperity Partnership,

a.k.a. North American Union

INITIAL WORK PLAN

REGULATORY COOPERATION FRAMEWORK

Regulatory Best Practices

• A list of illustrative best regulatory practices to be used by regulators will be developed (Completed, April 2008)

Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) Forum

• Canada to host a Risk Assessment Conference and Workshop to gain the advice of government officials and academics on how to improve and align approaches to risk assessment, particularly in the completion of regulatory impact analyses (Completed, February 21-22, 2008)

• Canada to host first meeting of RIA Forum along with RIA Conference in 2008 (November/December, 2008)

• Identify pilot project(s) on joint RIA methodology (next 6 months)

o Conduct those pilot projects (next 12 to 18 months)

o Countries to identify and conduct a post-analysis of an existing U.S. Regulatory Impact Assessment (A RIA prepared by the U.S. Department of Transportation on electronic stability control (ESC) system for motor vehicles was chosen. Canadian and Mexican reviews of the ESC RIA will be discussed at the RIA Forum in the fall)

• Work cooperatively towards including assessment of trade impact in the regulatory impact analysis among the Partners (next 12-18 months)

• Promote exchange of officials from Partners’ regulatory agencies through existing mechanisms (next 12-18 months)

Transparency and Early Alert

• The three countries have identified measures that serve as a foundation for transparent regulatory systems

• Mexico has established an online real-time system for searching regulatory proposals as well as a mechanism through which registered users can receive e-mail notifications of draft proposals (see http://www.cofemer.gob.mx)

• In the U.S., the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions is now published electronically in a format that will offer users an enhanced ability to obtain and search for information on upcoming U.S. regulations (http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaMain)

• The U.S. Department of Transportation has established a website to allow early notification of rulemakings that could potentially impact Canada and Mexico

(http://regs.dot.gov/effects/frmEffects.cfm)

• In Canada, Regulatory Plans are being made available to the public through the Reports on Plans and Priorities completed annually by regulatory departments and agencies (see http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rpp/0708/menu_e.asp)

• Canada and the United States will build on this by developing early alert mechanisms to notify each other of new regulations to avoid incompatibility issues. The work will be initiated by the United States and Canada through:

o A survey of regulatory departments and agencies to develop an inventory of the formal and informal cooperative arrangements that currently exist between the three countries (next 6 months)

o Assess and analyze this inventory with a view to identifying gaps and highlighting opportunities for closer regulatory cooperation (next 6 months)

o Develop options for creating early alert mechanisms where gaps exist (next 6 months)

Standards

• National Standards Symposium in St John’s Newfoundland & Labrador -– Workshop to be held on Import Safety – Consumer Products; (Completed, June 2-4)

• Work-shops to build a better understanding of respective standardization and regulatory systems (12-18 months)

• First workshop to be held in the fall of 2008 (TBC)

Sectoral Initiatives

• Trilateral agreement has been reached on pursuing the following sectoral initiatives:

1. Transportation

o Motor Vehicle Regulations and Traffic Safety

o Railroad Safety Standards and Regulations

2. Auto Emissions

o Motor Vehicle and Engine Emissions Regulations

o Automotive Emissions Testing

3. Biotechnology

4. Chemicals

5. Digital Television

6. E-Commerce

7. Organics

8. Pesticides

9. Pre-departure Certification Program for Asian Gypsy Moth

• The Coordinating Committee will reach consensus on any additional sectoral initiatives to be pursued in the future

• The Coordinating Committee to receive annual updates from lead agencies/departments responsible for sectoral initiatives

AVMA House of Delegates Approve NAIS

September 1, 2008

House of Delegates acts on resolutions

In addition to resolutions on veal calf housing (page 689) and increased AVMA involvement with veterinary students (page 685), the House of Delegates took action July 19 in New Orleans on 11 other resolutions.

Animal identification

Two resolutions dealing with animal identification received strong approval.

An ovation by the delegates followed their approval of Resolution 17, “Linking of Companion Animal Microchip Databases.” It calls for the AVMA to actively promote the implementation of linking companion animal microchip databases. Dr. Larry Dee, delegate from the Florida VMA, which submitted it, said, “This does not change AVMA policy; it puts the issue on the action list. Personally, I think this is something we need to move forward on.”

The statement included with the resolution noted that establishing linkages between the databases—or a national database or search engine—would dramatically simplify the ability to return lost companion animals. It states that for years, AVMA policy has supported the establishment of a single source for companion animal microchip database information recovery, but to no avail, and that the Association must take proactive measures to implement its policy.

Resolution 8, “Livestock Identification,” received a 100 percent vote of approval. It resolves that the HOD support identification of livestock to enable trace back and trace forward of animals for disease control and eradication programs. Dr. Michael Whitehair of the House Advisory Committee, which submitted it, said, “As we look at the scope of veterinary medicine, we recognize as we play in the international arena it’s important for us to have a policy … especially in the area of food safety.”

The statement with the resolution says that approval of this resolution will reaffirm AVMA support of livestock identification programs. The Association has two existing policies. The AVMA Policy on Livestock Identification recommends that a high priority be placed on using alternatives to hot-iron branding, such as radio frequency identification electronic technology. The AVMA policy titled National Animal Identification System supports an effective NAIS that comprises key elements it defines.

10 Minute Citizen:

· Choose not to support a veterinarian who is a member of the AVMA

· Get a written position statement from your vet on NAIS

· Contact the AVMA and let them know why you say NO to NAIS

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The Predator from Stoneville Research Quarantine Facility (SRQF)

Stoneville

Behind this drab concrete fortess the USDA is carrying out a secret research project manipulating insects for ‘biological control’. In 1976 the Stoneville Research and Quarantine Facility (this building kind of has that concentration camp feel about it) was designated by APHIS to receive exotic parasites, pathogens, and predators. Since then, SRQF has evolved into a center for research and service in support of classical biological control, which is importation, study, release, and establishment of exotic natural enemies.

SRQF cooperates with state, federal and foreign scientists in research programs aimed at ‘controlling’ Continue reading

Global Warming Cooks Up Financial Incentive to Ensnare Farmers

While this may sound good, the reality is that when farmers don’t till the ground they aren’t producing the food you need to eat. This program is reminiscent of the subsidies which pay farmers not to produce a product. Hopefully, the farmers who buy into this program come to their senses and realize their food is on the line. This program isn’t about saving the planet from global warming it is about people making money.

 

Farmers get money for capturing carbon

By JAMES MacPHERSON , Associated Press Writer,


(AP) — Everett Dobrinski recently got a $4,000 check for storing carbon dioxide in his soil. Dobrinski, who farms near Makoti in northwestern North Dakota, said protecting the planet from global warming is not the primary reason he enrolled in National Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program. It’s about money.

“I am considerate of the environment, but I’m doing it more for my own pocketbook,” Dobrinski said. “It just makes economic sense.”

North Dakota Farmers Union President Robert Carlson said 990 farmers and ranchers in the state got about $2.6 million last month for using no-till and other practices to capture carbon dioxide, which is widely blamed for global warming.

The program pools carbon credits for sale on the Chicago Climate Exchange, a private agency that trades greenhouse gases and other pollutants just as other exchanges trade such commodities as crops and livestock. Continue reading

NAU WATCH: Tri-Lateral/Bi Lateral Issues

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TRI-LATERAL ISSUES

RURAL DEVELOPMENT


The Rural Development Tri-lateral Working Group was chaired jointly by the Hon. George Groeneveld, Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Hon. Maria del Carmen Trejo, Michoacan Secretary of Rural Development.

The Working Group provided information and a slideshow presentation about the meetings held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in October 2007 and Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico, in May 2008. Reported accomplishments included a biofuel summit held in New Mexico; a cooperative relationship between Alberta and Jalisco for the development of a food processing pilot facility; a youth agriculture education exchange between Texas and Nuevo Leon; and a Oaxaca mission to New Mexico to further investigate their mobile slaughter unit initiative. In addition, Sec. Trejo reported on Michoacan’s innovative rural development programs to assist its poorest communities.

HARMONIZATION


The Harmonization Tri-lateral Working Group was chaired jointly by the Hon. Director Fermin Montes, Nuevo Leon General Director of the Agriculture and Livestock Development Corporation, Alanna Koch, Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan Agriculture, and the Hon. Gene Hugoson. The Working Group proposed a new structure for identifying issues and actions relating to harmonization. Discussions included reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on harmonization efforts relating to animal diseases and plant pests. In addition, officials from the NAFTA Technical Working Group (TWG) on pesticides reported on its new draft five-year work plan. It was agreed that a letter will be sent to the three national governments urging the reinstatement of the NAFTA TWG on Veterinary Drugs and Feed, based on the model provided by the TWG on pesticides. Continue reading

NAU WATCH: Joint Communique

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Eighteenth Meeting of the Tri-National Agricultural Accord

JOINT COMMUNIQUE
August 16, 2008, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Continuing a long-standing province/state relationship among Canada, Mexico and the United States (U.S.), the 18th annual meeting of the Tri-National Agricultural Accord took place in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, August 13-16, 2008. Secretaries, Commissioners, Directors, Ministers and senior government officials from 5 Canadian provinces, 6 Mexican states, and 14 U.S. States worked together to improve understanding and strengthen collaboration among the agricultural sectors of the three NAFTA countries. Continue reading

The Little Ol Livestock Cloning Shop

Does anyone really know for sure if food from cloned livestock is really safe?

Would you bet your life on it?

GenomeWeb

August 12th, 2008

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Geron and Exeter Life Sciences said today that Start Licensing, a joint venture between the two firms, and ViaGen, a subsidiary of Exeter, have merged to form a new entity that will focus on animal cloning.

Start manages and licenses a portfolio of intellectual property rights related to animal reproductive technologies, including nuclear transfer cloning technology that was developed at the Roslin Foundation to clone Dolly the sheep. ViaGen is an animal genomics and livestock cloning firm. Continue reading

WSDA Hits the Noxious Weed Revenue Highway

Imagine if you will a weed, a simple weed in your yard. If you are like many people enjoying the dog days of summer you might have a whole yard of weeds. Well, noxious weed owner beware. WSDA has just posted in the Washington Register that it is bumping up its penalties for those bothersome weeds. Next time you want to take a Sunday drive, or go water skiing, or hiking, you might think about weeding your yard instead. Check out these penalties, and these are before the penalties increase!!!

WAC 16-750-020

No Washington State Register filings since 2003

Noxious weeds — Civil infractions — Schedule of monetary penalties.

Civil infractions under chapter 17.10 RCW shall be assessed a monetary penalty according to the following schedule:

(1) Any owner knowing of the existence of any noxious weeds on the owner’s land who fails to control the noxious weeds will be assessed the following monetary penalties. The penalties are assessed per parcel, per noxious weed species, per day after expiration of the notice to control filed pursuant to RCW 17.10.170:

(a) Any Class A noxious weed:

1st offense within five years $ 750

2nd and any subsequent offense 1,000 Continue reading

Operation Readiness: The Pandemic Ducks are in a Row

Just an interesting side note, when I first received this Excel document it was in Chinese.

Excel is needed to open the following document:

Pandemic Excel State Ops

The first tab of this document is an exercise tab which contains a checklist of operating objectives, including if the objective was tested, what was tested and why, and how to improve the Operating Plan.

The second appendix A.1 is a COOP-COG unit: Update information for employees on State’s operating status and latest pandemic influenza information; continue to advise employees concerning HR policies, workplace flexibilities, pay and benefits, etc.

Appendix A.2 focuses on ensuring public health COOP during each phase of the pandemic.

Appendix A.3 spotlights “Continuity of the Food Supply System”. Continue reading

NAU WATCH: Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement Model

DRAFT – NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION


Public Health Law Program

Office of the Chief of Public Health Practice

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In cooperation with

CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response

Assisted by a panel of public health and legal experts convened at an international workshop in Chicago, Illinois on August 23-24, 2007

Disclaimer

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE. USE OF ANY PROVISION HEREIN SHOULD BE CONTEMPLATED ONLY IN CONJUNCTION WITH ADVICE FROM LEGAL COUNSEL. PROVISIONS MAY NEED TO BE MODIFIED, SUPPLEMENTED, OR REPLACED TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE CITATION TO OR COMPLIANCE WITH RELEVANT LAWS, TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE INTENT OF THE PARTIES TO A PARTICULAR AGREEMENT, OR TO OTHERWISE ADDRESS THE NEEDS OR REQUIREMENTS OF A SPECIFIC JURISDICTION.

Introduction

Mutual aid agreements* can be effective tools to assist U.S. state and local governments, Tribes, Canadian provinces, First Nations, and Mexican states in sharing information, data, supplies, resources, equipment, or personnel for the purpose of protecting the public’s health.

Public health officials with an interest in developing mutual aid agreements have frequently approached CDC’s Public Health Law Program to request the creation of “model” agreements. In an effort to be of assistance in that regard, the Public Health Law Program, in cooperation with CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER), gathered, reviewed, analyzed, condensed, and categorized provisions from numerous and varied mutual aid agreements.

Here is a model of the public health mutual aid agreement that is being used by the players of the North American Union also known as Security and Prosperity Partnership.

NAU Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement Model Continue reading