Endangered Species Protection Bulletins
Endangered Species Protection Bulletins are a part of EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program. Bulletins set forth geographically specific pesticide use limitations for the protection of threatened and endangered (listed) species and their designated critical habitat.
- Obtain Bulletins using EPA's Bulletins Live! Two application.
- Read the tutorial Bulletins Live! Two.
- Go to the quick start guide.
- View the April 2019 webinar for Bulletins Live! Two.
- Learn How to locate the EPA Registration number to search for product in Bulletins Live! Two.
If your pesticide label directs you to this website, you are required to follow the pesticide use limitation(s) found on your label and in the Bulletins Live! Two system for your intended application area, pesticide product, and application month. You may not see any geographically specific use limitations for the product you are applying even if your label directed you to this website because either:
- EPA has not yet completed the process of identifying whether additional geographically specific use limitations are needed; or
- there are no additional geographically specific use limitations required for the time period and location you plan to apply the pesticide product.
EPA continues to complete Endangered Species Act consultations and update the Bulletins Live! Two system with additional geographically specific use limitations that may be applicable to your pesticide product in the future. Therefore, before you apply a pesticide, check to see if new or additional directions for the product have been added to Bulletins Live! Two. It's important to note, you have a six-month window to obtain a bulletin before you apply a pesticide (e.g., you can obtain a bulletin January 1-July 1 if you plan to apply the pesticide on July 1).
For general information about reducing pesticide impacts to listed species and their habitats, see EPA’s website.
EPA's Bulletins contain the following information:
- A map of the user-defined intended application area.
- The user-selected active ingredient and/or pesticide product to be applied.
- Pesticide use limitations(s).
- The month for which the Bulletin is valid.
Important Notes about Bulletins
- Bulletins may be accessed up to six months before pesticide application. Be sure that you follow the correct Bulletin for the month of your pesticide application.
- When referenced on a pesticide label, Bulletins are enforceable use limitations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
- The pesticide use limitations found in Bulletins Live! Two are part of EPA's federal program to protect listed species. Your state may have pesticide use limitations beyond those found in your Bulletin. Bulletins are not intended to replace or override any restrictions that your state may impose. You need to be aware of and follow pesticide limitations according to both the state AND federal requirements.
Quick Start Guide
- Click the Bulletins Live! Two link to enter the system. Navigate to your intended pesticide application area by using the "Location Search" tool or panning and zooming on the map itself.
- Use one of the following Internet browsers to access Bulletins Live! Two: Google Chrome; Mozilla Firefox; Safari.
- Select the application month.
- Further refine your search by entering the EPA product registration number. If you need assistance finding this registration number, consult the guide on the Bulletins Live! Two webpage. Once you have entered your selection, the Pesticide Use Limitation Areas (PULAs) associated with that product will be displayed on the map.
- If a PULA occurs within the selected area of intended pesticide application, click on the PULA to select it. A yellow border surrounding the PULA indicates that it has been selected. This will display a table titled ‘Limitations for Selected Area’ that contains the associated limitations. If there is no PULA within your intended pesticide application area, the ‘printable bulletin’ box in the top right corner of the map will turn green.
In either case, click the "Printable Bulletin" button for a PDF version of the Bulletin which you can print or save.
- Follow the steps found in the Bulletin.
- Read the tutorial for the instructions on using Bulletins Live! Two before using the application for the first time, or if you have questions as you use Bulletins Live! Two.
How to locate the EPA Registration number to search for product in Bulletins Live! Two
Reading the Pesticide Label (pdf)
The Bulletins Live! Two product search uses the EPA registration number to look up specific pesticide products. You will need to enter the EPA registration number to see if there are any bulletins associated with that product.
- An EPA registration number can be found on the product label. Look for “EPA Reg. No.” followed by two or three sets of numbers.
- If your product's registration number has two parts (ex. 1234-12), it has a primary registration number. This is the number that should be entered into the product search in Bulletins Live! Two.
- If your product's registration number has three parts (ex. 1234-12-123), you have a supplemental distributor product. These products have the same chemical composition and efficacy as primary products, but often have different brand or product names. Enter the first two parts of this registration number (ex. 1234-12-
123) into the EPA registration search in Bulletins Live! Two.
- Once you have the correct EPA registration number, it should be entered into the search box in Bulletins Live! Two.
- The product name associated with that EPA registration number should autofill.
- Confirm that the displayed brand name or alternate brand name matches the name of your product.
There may be additional numbers on your labels which you should not use in BLT:
- If your label has “EPA SLN No.” followed by the two-letter state designation, then a 6-digit number (ex. EPA SLN No. NC950034). This is a Special Local Need registration number (SLN number) also known as a FIFRA Section 24(c) Registration Number. These Registrations are issued by the states to meet special local needs
- Searching with an SLN numbers will yield no results within the Bulletins Live! Two EPA registration number search. A label that has an SLN should also have a primary registration number that can be entered in BLT. Please note that bulletins are not intended to replace or override any restrictions that your state may impose. You need to be aware of and follow pesticide use limitations in your area according to both the state AND federal requirements.
- The EPA Establishment Number “EPA Est. No.” should be printed near the EPA Reg. No. Letters normally appear in the middle of the EPA Est. No., setting it apart from the EPA Reg. No. The EPA Est. No. is also typically longer than the EPA Reg. No. It identifies the facility that produced the pesticide and is not used in BLT.
- Searching with the EPA Est. No. will yield no results within the Bulletins Live! Two EPA registration number search.