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Pesticide News Story: EPA Accepting Comments until August 9 on NMFS’ Draft Measures to Protect Endangered Pacific Salmon from 12 Pesticides

For Release: August 4, 2010

EPA and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will consider all comments received by August 9, 2010, on draft mitigation measures suggested by NMFS in its draft Biological Opinion for 12 pesticides: azinphos methyl, bensulide, dimethoate, disulfoton, ethoprop, fenamiphos, methidathion, methamidophos, methyl parathion, naled, phorate, and phosmet. Because of deadlines resulting from the Washington Toxics Coalition lawsuits on federally listed threatened or endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead, EPA was only able to provide 53 days for public comment on these draft mitigation measures and is unable to extend the deadline. By August 9, EPA must submit all comments received as well as its own comments to NMFS so that NMFS may consider these comments and meet its legal deadline to issue the final Biological Opinion by August 31, 2010.

EPA and NMFS are collaborating in developing a plan to expand opportunities for stakeholder participation in the future during the Endangered Species Act consultation process.

Submit comments by August 9, 2010, identified by docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0654 and the pesticides to which the Biological Opinion pertains, by one of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001.
Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

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