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Pesticide News Story: Endangered Species Effects Determinations for 66 Pesticides Set by Court Order; Outreach Materials Available

For Release: April 25, 2007

EPA has begun assessing the potential effects of 66 pesticides to the California red-legged frog (a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and native to California), and is issuing related materials. Under the terms of a Stipulated Injunction, EPA must follow a Court-ordered schedule for making effects determinations for each of the 66 pesticides named in a lawsuit brought against the Agency by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). The injunction also establishes interim injunctive measures stating that the named pesticides cannot be used for specific purposes in certain areas of California. Additionally, the injunction required EPA to develop a bilingual brochure regarding certain aspects of the injunction, the California red-legged frog and frogs in general, and pesticides. The first effects determinations for 10 pesticides are scheduled to be completed by July 20, 2007.

Once the Agency makes a determination that the pesticide’s use has "no effect" on the California red-legged frog, or once EPA completes consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where EPA determined the pesticide’s use may affect the species, the restrictions imposed by the interim injunctive measures would be eliminated for that use of the pesticide.

The injunction required EPA to distribute the brochure to all commercial certified applicators within California; to all private certified applicators residing in counties where use authorizations have been set aside; to registrants of the 66 pesticides; to the California Departments of Pesticide Regulation, and Fish and Game; and to the Pacific Region of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, EPA is to distribute 250 copies of the brochure to the County Agricultural Commissioner and Cooperative Extension Agent offices in the affected counties. In addition to providing the bilingual brochure as required by the injunction, EPA has also made this brochure available on its Web site. Further, EPA has posted on its Web site maps of the areas in California where the injunctive relief applies and information to assist pesticide users in determining whether the provisions of the injunction apply to them. These materials, as well as a full text of the Stipulated Injunction and more information regarding this case are available at www.epa.gov/espp. The injunction and availability of information was announced in a Federal Register notice on April 25, 2007.

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