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Pesticide News Story: Comment Period Open on National Marine Fisheries Service’s Draft Measures to Protect Threatened and Endangered Pacific Salmon from Thiobencarb

For Release: May 14, 2012

The EPA is seeking comments by June 12, 2012, on draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures (RPMs) and Alternatives (RPAs) included in a draft Biological Opinion received from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). This draft Biological Opinion addresses the potential effects from the pesticide thiobencarb on Pacific salmon and steelhead listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A second pesticide, molinate, is also included in this Biological Opinion; however at the request of the registrants all uses were cancelled effective July 30, 2008, and the last use date was August 31, 2009. For additional information on the cancellation of molinate, visit http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/molinate/.

The EPA encourages input from state, tribal and local governments on the draft RPMs and RPAs to determine whether the alternatives or 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 posted in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0654 at Regulations.gov. All interested parties are invited to submit comments by June 12, 2012, on the RPAs and RPMs in this draft Biological Opinion. No extensions to this comment period will be provided because NMFS has a legal deadline to issue the final Biological Opinion by June 30, 2012. The EPA will forward all public comments we receive on this draft Biological Opinion to NMFS for their consideration. Additionally, the EPA plans to provide NMFS our comments on the draft opinion. For current information, visit the EPA’s Endangered Species Protection Program Web page at www.epa.gov/espp/.

Submit your comments, identified by the docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0654 and the pesticides to which the Biological Opinion pertains, by one of the following methods:

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