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Efforts to Implement NAS Report Recommendations on Ecological Risk Assessment for Endangered and Threatened Species

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In 2011, the EPA and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce and the Interior requested that the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science convene a committee of independent experts to examine topics pertaining to tools and approaches for assessing the effects of proposed FIFRA actions on endangered and threatened species and their critical habitats.

The NRC was asked to consider a range of issues, including:

NAS released its report in April 2013 with its recommendations, available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18344. Exit EPA disclaimer


Since receiving the NAS report, the agencies have been working together to develop shared scientific approaches that reflect the advice provided by the NAS. Working together, scientists from the requesting agencies have met, analyzed the recommendations and have developed interim approaches they will jointly implement as part of a phased iterative process. They are also identifying future tools, models and approaches that will need to be developed some time over a period of years.


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