Evaluating Risks That Pesticides Pose to Endangered, Threatened Species - New Report


A new report from the National Research Council examines how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) should determine the potential effects pesticides could pose to endangered or threatened species. 


Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, before a pesticide can be sold, distributed, or used in the United States, EPA must ensure that it does not cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment, which includes species that are listed as endangered or threatened.  In addition, the U.S. Endangered Species Act requires federal agencies, including EPA, to consult with FWS and NMFS when a federal action may affect a listed species or its habitat.  Over the last decade, questions have been raised regarding the best approaches or methods for determining the risks pesticides pose to listed species and their habitats.  EPA, FWS, and NMFS have developed different approaches to evaluating environmental risks because their legal mandates, responsibilities, institutional cultures, and expertise vary.  As a result, the National Research Council was asked to examine the scientific and technical issues related to determining risks posed to listed species by pesticides. 



Advance copies of Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides will be available to reporters starting at 3 p.m. EDT Monday, April 29. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, April 30.  To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.  More information about the ongoing project can be found at http://bit.ly/NY6TN7.