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Pesticide News Story: EPA Seeks Input on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Draft Measures to Protect Endangered Wildlife from Rozol Prairie Dog Bait

For Release: January 18, 2012

EPA is seeking comments from a wide range of stakeholders on draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures (RPMs) included in a draft Biological Opinion received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on January 17, 2012.

This draft Biological Opinion addresses the potential effects from Rozol Prairie Dog Bait on wildlife listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

EPA is encouraging input from state, tribal and local governments, pesticide users, registrants, public interest groups, and other interested parties on the draft RPMs and RPAs to determine whether the measures can be reasonably implemented and whether there are different measures that may provide adequate protection but result in less impact on pesticide users.

The draft Biological Opinion is included as document number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0909 in the docket at Regulations.gov. Comments on the draft RPMs and RPAs must be submitted by February 17, 2012, 30 days after the Biological Opinion was included in the docket, in order for EPA to consider these comments in its final response to the draft Biological Opinion. Comments received by EPA on other aspects of the draft Biological Opinion will be forwarded to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for consideration. No extensions to this comment period will be provided.

Submit your comments (http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0909-0037), identified by the docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0909, by one of the following methods:

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