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Pesticide News Story: EPA Makes Available National Marine Fisheries Service Draft Endangered Species Act Biological Opinion for Three Pesticides

For Release: April 3, 2009

EPA has received and posted to its Web site a Draft Biological Opinion from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that responds to requests for consultation under the Endangered Species Act for three pesticides' potential effects on Pacific salmon and steelhead. EPA initiated consultation for carbaryl and methomyl on April 1, 2003, and for carbofuran on December 1, 2004.

In addition to posting the Draft to its Web site, EPA has established a public docket [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0654] for this and other Draft Biological Opinions related to pesticides and Pacific salmon and steelhead. EPA will consider public comment on the Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs) and Measures (RPMs) within the Draft Biological Opinion in its comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Input on RPAs and RPMs received after EPA has provided comments to NMFS, will be considered by EPA as it determines how to implement the final Biological Opinion. NMFS is scheduled to issue the final Biological Opinion on April 20, 2009.

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