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EPA Revises Pesticide BE Method Under Endangered Species Act

Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the EPA is required to conduct biological evaluations (BEs) of pesticides to determine their effects on endangered and threatened species (listed species) and their critical habitats. The Agency has now issued a nonregulatory method for conducting BEs.  The Revised Method amends an Interim Approach to performing BEs the Obama administration issued in 2015. According to the EPA and other federal agencies that oversee species protection and agricultural production, the Revised Method improves upon the Interim Method primarily by placing a stronger emphasis on actual rather than potential pesticide uses and impacts on listed species, as well as their critical habitat. That approach is expected to lead to a process that speeds up the delivery of pesticides to the market and the agricultural sector.  Read more....

 

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