FIFRA Pesticide Registration Review and ESA Consultation Processes (October 12, 2012)

Formal Title: Docket Number (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0442); FIFRA Pesticide Registration Review and ESA Consultation Processes: Proposal Regarding Stakeholder Input.

Brief Description:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a proposal to enhance opportunities for stakeholders to provide input during its review of pesticide registrations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and associated consultations under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal was jointly prepared by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in the U.S. Department of Interior. The proposal describes significant changes to EPA’s registration review process which are intended to facilitate ESA pesticide consultations and coordination across these Federal agencies, and calls for a greater role for USDA.

AVMA Response:

The AVMA serves as an advocate for animals and animal health.

As such, the AVMA is concerned about the possible extinction of many animal species and supports appropriate and effective actions for the conservation of wild animals in their native habitats. In addition, the AVMA supports environmental responsibility including understating, control, and prevention of the environmental impacts caused by chemicals, such as pesticides.

The proposal presents means which should enhance transparency, communication, and collaboration.

Background Documents:

Relevant AVMA Policy