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NMFS' Delivers Draft Proposal to EPA on
Protecting Listed Salmon from Certain Pesticides

by Staff
Columbia Basin Bulletin, March 4, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on the National Marine Fisheries Service's draft plan to protect Pacific salmon from six pesticides.

EPA is seeking comments from pesticide users, registrants, and other interested parties on the draft Reasonable and Prudent Measures and Alternatives included in the 1,000-page draft biological opinion, which can be found at

The draft biological opinion, released this week, addresses the potential effects from six pesticides on 28 Pacific salmon and steelhead species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The six pesticides are: captan, chlorothalonil, 2,4-D, diuron, linuron, and triclopyr BEE.

"After considering the status of the listed resources," said NMFS in delivering the draft BiOp to EPA, "the environmental baseline, and the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of EPA's proposed action on listed species, NMFS preliminarily concludes that pesticide products containing triclopyr BEE, linuron, and captan are not likely to jeopardize the continuing existence of any listed Pacific salmonids…"

But NMFS did conclude that the "effects of products containing diruron will destroy or adversely modify designated critical habitat for some listed Pacific salmonids."

And the agency concluded that "the effects of products containing 2-4-D, and chlorothalonil "are likely to jeopardize the continued existence of some listed Pacific salmonids and to destroy or adversely modify designated habitat . . . ."

EPA is also encouraging 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.

Comments on the draft RPMs and RPAs must be submitted by April 5.

Comments received by EPA on other aspects of the draft BiOp will be forwarded to NMFS for its consideration. No extensions to this comment period will be provided because NMFS has a legal deadline to issue the final BiOp by April 30.

Key elements in the draft BiOp include:

For more information go to

NMFS' Delivers Draft Proposal to EPA on Protecting Listed Salmon from Certain Pesticides
Columbia Basin Bulletin, March 4, 2011

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