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Pesticide News Story: EPA Seeks Input on National Marine Fisheries Service’s Draft Measures to Protect Endangered Pacific Salmon from Six Pesticides

For Release: March 3, 2011

EPA is seeking comments from pesticide users, registrants, and other interested parties on draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures (RPMs) and Alternatives (RPAs) included in a draft Biological Opinion (PDF) (1087 pp, 41.07MB, about PDF) received from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on March 1, 2011. This 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.

EPA is also encouraging input from state, tribal, and local governments on the draft RPMs and RPAs to determine whether the alternatives or measures can be reasonably implemented and whether there are different measures that may provide adequate protection but result in less impact on pesticide users.

The draft Biological Opinion is included as document number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0654-0167 in the docket at Regulations.gov. Comments on the draft RPMs and RPAs must be submitted by April 5, 2011, about 30 days after the Biological Opinion was included in the docket, in order for EPA to consider these comments in its final response to the draft Biological Opinion. Comments received by EPA on other aspects of the draft Biological Opinion will be forwarded to NMFS for its consideration. No extensions to this comment period will be provided because NMFS has a legal deadline to issue the final Biological Opinion by April 30, 2011.

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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