Soil And Mulch Producer News
Study Proposed to Debunk Myth of Spontaneous Combustion Fires in Mulched Landscapes
Mulch & Soil Council Granted Long Awaited Guidelines Clarification for Checking Net Contents of Packaged Mulch
Congress Considers Water-Rights Protection Bill
EPA Moves to Scrap WOTUS Rule
Study Proposed to Debunk Myth of Spontaneous Combustion Fires in Mulched Landscapes
By Bob LaGasse, MSC Executive Director

For years, local fire marshals have been promoting the urban myth of spontaneous combustion of mulch in home gardens and landscape applications. In 2016 we saw a significant increase in the number of reports of local mulch fires, particularly in landscapes around businesses where the cause was attributed to improper disposal of smoking materials, especially cigarettes.

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Mulch & Soil Council Granted Long Awaited Guidelines Clarification for Checking Net Contents of Packaged Mulch
By Robert LaGasse, MSC Executive Director

The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce is headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, and helps coordinate industry and regulatory issues —including weights & measures — in interstate commerce. NIST handbooks provide guidelines for uniform standards and testing utilized by most state and local governments as well as private industry.

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Congress Considers Water-Rights Protection Bill
By Veronica Harrison

Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) reintroduced the Water Rights Protection Act (WRPA) at a hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans on May 18, 2017. The bill passed the House of Representatives in the 113th and 114th Congresses with bipartisan support, but it never received a vote in the Senate.

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EPA Moves to Scrap WOTUS Rule
By Kathy Hoekstra

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army, and Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to rescind the controversial 2015 Waters of the United States rule.

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image Study Proposed to Debunk Myth of Spontaneous Combustion Fires in Mulched Landscapes
image Mulch & Soil Council Granted Long Awaited Guidelines Clarification for Checking Net Contents of Packaged Mulch
image Congress Considers Water-Rights Protection Bill
image EPA Moves to Scrap WOTUS Rule

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