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National Academy of Sciences Public Meeting on Issues Relating to Pesticides and Endangered Species

For Release: October 21, 2011

On November 3-4, 2011, a committee of the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS's) National Research Council (NRC) will hold its first public meeting to examine scientific and technical issues related to the methods and assumptions used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to carry out their joint responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The NRC review was requested by EPA, the Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Further details on the meeting and associated project-related information are available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingID=5724&MeetingNo=1.

In its deliberations, the NRC will focus on the scientific and technical methods and approaches the agencies use in determining potential risks to endangered and threatened species associated with the use of pesticides. The NRC will consider a range of issues including identifying best available scientific data and information; considering sub-lethal, indirect, and cumulative effects; assessing the effects of chemical mixtures and inert ingredients; using models to assist in analyzing the effects of pesticide use; effectively incorporating uncertainties into the evaluations; and using geospatial information and datasets that can be employed by the agencies in the course of these assessments. This review is expected to take 18 months with an additional 3 months to produce a report of the findings. The final NRC report is expected to be issued in the winter of 2013.

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