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Pesticide News Story: Second Comment Period Planned on NMFS’ Draft Measures to Protect Endangered Pacific Salmon from Six Pesticides

For Release: April 4, 2011

Since early March, EPA has been seeking comments from pesticide users, registrants, and other interested parties on draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures (RPMs) and Alternatives (RPAs) included in the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS’) March 1, 2011, draft Biological Opinion addressing the effects of 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. Those comments are due to EPA by April 5, 2011. EPA will provide NMFS with all comments received on the current draft Biological Opinion.

Recently NMFS negotiated an extension to its court-ordered deadline for issuing the final Biological Opinion for these pesticides. NMFS will issue a revised draft Biological Opinion no later than May 13, 2011. When NMFS provides the revised draft Biological Opinion to EPA in mid-May, EPA will make that document available and will seek comment on the draft RPMs and RPAs, and will announce the new comment period. Interested persons may then submit comments on the newly revised sections or on the entire revised draft document. EPA will forward all comments it receives on either draft of the opinion to NMFS for consideration.

The revised draft Biological Opinion is expected to provide more information than the current draft, reflecting NMFS’ more complete analyses and conclusions based on comments and input received from the applicants and others during the comment period closing on April 5.

For current information, watch EPA’s Endangered Species Protection Program Web page at www.epa.gov/espp/.

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