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Retailers Notified of Required Notice to Protect Endangered Salmon;
Bush to Weaken Endangered Species Law, Comments Due 3-30-04
In the March 24 notice, retailers are made aware that they are required to make available a point-of-sale notification developed by EPA pursuant to the Court Order whenever pesticide products containing any of seven active ingredients are sold. The notifications will be distributed to retailers on or before April 5, 2004, by defendant-intervenors in the case (numerous groups representing pesticide registrants, growers, and other pesticide users). The notice also informs states that EPA has been directed to produce and provide on or before April 5, 2004, copies of the point-of-sale notifications to state pesticide agencies, state fish agencies, and land grant university extension coordinators in the urban areas and to request that they, in turn, provide this information to Certified Applicators whose certification would permit them to apply pesticides in urban areas.
The District Court's
January 22, 2004, order also imposes no-use buffer zones around salmon-supporting
waters (as defined by the Court) in Washington, Oregon, and California
for certain pesticides. The court's
Under the Endangered Species Act, EPA must ensure that its registration of a pesticide is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of species listed as endangered and threatened or adversely modify habitat critical to those species' survival. In addition to the obligation to ensure that its actions are not likely to jeopardize listed species, the agency must consult, as appropriate, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) or NMFS if a pesticide's use may affect listed species or designated critical habitat of the species.
on EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program is available on EPA's