Democrats seek answers from wildlife agency regarding pesticide-endangered species consultations
Tuesday August 09 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has failed to complete a number of consultations initiated by EPA regarding pesticide impacts on endangered species, including one on the impact of EPA's Pesticide General Permit (PGP) for certain types of applications, and two leading House Democrats on environmental matters want to know why.
Reps. Edward Markey (Mass.), ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Grace Napolitano (Calif,), ranking member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, wrote to FWS Director Dan Ashe today asking him to explain why his agency has been unable to complete the consultation on the PGP when the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), given the same task and same available set of data, was able to issue a biological opinion on June 17.
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