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Pesticide News Story: NMFS Issues Final Biological Opinion for Three Pesticides

For Release: June 1, 2012

On May 31, 2012, EPA received the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS') final Biological Opinion relative to the potential effects of the pesticides oryzalin, pendimethalin and trifluralin on federally listed threatened or endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead and their designated critical habitat.

NMFS considered comments and incorporated suggestions from EPA, the states, the pesticide industry, grower groups and other stakeholders to complete this Biological Opinion. The Biological Opinion provides a one-year timeframe for implementation. EPA will consider the opinion and take appropriate steps to protect threatened and endangered species from pesticide risks. We will keep the public informed as we proceed.

The Biological Opinion is available on EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program Web page, http://www.epa.gov/espp/ and in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0654 at Regulations.gov.


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