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Pesticide News Story: EPA Announces Public Meeting on Endangered Species Protection Program Field Implementation

For Release: January 20, 2006

On February 22, 2006, EPA will host a public meeting to address the Agency’s Endangered Species Protection Program (ESPP), including EPA’s overall approach to field implementation, the circumstances EPA will be employing this approach, the responsibilities of the public, and the roles of other government agencies. The meeting will also provide opportunity for the public to ask specific questions and receive answers about ESPP elements. The meeting will take place at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington,VA, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The tentative agenda for the meeting, along with hotel information and meeting logistics, can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/espp.

On November 2, 2005, EPA published a Federal Register notice announcing its approach to field implementation of the ESPP. The goal of the ESPP is to carry out responsibilities under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) in compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by providing appropriate protection to listed species and their designated critical habitat from potential harm due to pesticide use, while at the same time not placing unnecessary burden on the agriculture community and other pesticide users.

For additional information, contact Megan Thynge (thynge.megan@epa.gov), Environmental Fate and Effects Division, (7507C), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 305-6005.


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