EPA ready to settle Bay Area pesticide suit
Jane Kay, SF Chronicle, July 2, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to formally evaluate the harmful effects of 74 pesticides on 11 endangered and threatened species in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next five years, and to impose interim restrictions on use of these pesticides in and adjacent to endangered species habitats.
The proposal stems from a settlement agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued the EPA in 2007 for violating the Endangered Species Act by registering and allowing the use of toxic pesticides in Bay Area endangered species habitats without determining whether or not the chemicals jeopardize those species’ existence.
The EPA is accepting comments on the proposed settlement agreement for 15 days, and then will make a decision whether or not to agree. A public copy of the agreement was not located on the EPA website.
Read the complete story in the Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/02/BAO518HNC9.DTL
Read the Center's press release: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2009/pesticides-07-01-2009.html