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Pesticide News Story: EPA Opens Comment Period on National Marine Fisheries Service’s Revised Draft Measures to Protect Endangered Pacific Salmon from Six Pesticides

For Release: May 13, 2011

The EPA is seeking comments by June 3, 2011, on revised draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures (RPMs) and Alternatives (RPAs) included in a revised draft Biological Opinion (1047 pp, 20.49MB, about PDF) received from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on May 13, 2011. This revised draft Biological Opinion addresses the potential effects from six pesticides on Pacific salmon and steelhead listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The six pesticides are: captan, chlorothalonil, 2, 4-D, diuron, linuron and triclopyr BEE.

The revised draft Biological Opinion provides NMFS’ updated analyses and conclusions, after a consideration of comments and input received during the first comment period, which closed on April 5, 2011.

All interested parties are invited to submit comments by June 3, 2011, on the RPAs and RPMs in this draft Biological Opinion. No extensions to this comment period will be provided because NMFS has a legal deadline to issue the final Biological Opinion by June 30, 2011. The EPA will consider comments on the RPAs and RPMs in the EPA response to NMFS’ draft. Additionally, the EPA will forward all comments we receive on this draft of the opinion or that we have received on the previous draft opinion to NMFS for their consideration. For current information, watch the EPA’s Endangered Species Protection Program Web page at www.epa.gov/espp/.

Submit your comments, identified by the docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0654 and the pesticides to which the Biological Opinion pertains, by one of the following methods:

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