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Pesticide News Story: EPA's Office of Water Seeks Public Comment on the Draft Reasonable and Prudent Alternative in NMFS’ Draft Biological Opinion on the Proposed Pesticides General Permit

For Release: June 24, 2011

EPA is currently in consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to examine the potential impact of EPA’s pending Pesticide General Permit (PGP) on the nation’s threatened and endangered species and their critical habitat. As part of this consultation, on June 17, 2011, NMFS submitted to EPA a draft Biological Opinion containing a suggested “Reasonable and Prudent Alternative” (RPA) that NMFS believes would avoid the likelihood that endangered or threatened species or their critical habitat would be jeopardized by the permit. EPA will provide the public comment on the RPA to NMFS, which will review them; EPA is not making any final decision on the terms of the PGP at this time. EPA is taking public comment for 30 days on the draft RPA proposed by NMFS. Comments are due no later than July 25, 2011.

For additional information: www.epa.gov/npdes/pesticides, Contact: Jack Faulk, faulk.jack@epa.gov

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