EPA Seeks Public Comment on Industry Petition for Endangered Species Process Improvements

07/27/2010 -

-The U.S. EPA has asked for public comment on an industry petition calling for more transparent procedures in the establishment of pesticide use restrictions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Dow AgroSciences, Cheminova and Makhteshim-Agan of North America filed the petition in January 2010.

The petition was prompted by the essentially ad hoc process that EPA is currently using to impose label amendments and county-specific restrictions related to salmon in key agricultural and timber production areas of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California.  The haphazard approach now being pursued by the Agency sets a poor precedent for establishing similar restrictions on dozens of products in the Western U.S. and would also impact EPA’s approach for future restrictions addressing hundreds of threatened and endangered species across the U.S. 

The petition calls for EPA to draw up clear rules for creating and amending endangered species protection program “county bulletins” and provide adequate opportunities for registrant, state agency, and grower inputs.  The petition is open to public comment until September 27th, 2010.

Read EPA’s Federal Register Notice  soliciting public comment on the petition.

Prepare for submitting comments to EPA by reviewing a Q&A document providing additional background and guidance.

Read the companies full petition announcement.

Read the rulemaking petition text.

Learn more about the Endangered Species Act and the EPA's proposed plans.

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