Government inaction threatens endangered species and calls for action

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(Beyond pesticides, March 21, 2022) With a history of unenforceable and unworkable restrictions on pesticide labels, which resulted in US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) findings indicating ridiculously low or no risk, the agency does it again with its latest announcement endorsing the continued use of malathion, a deadly organophosphate insecticide, to “protect threatened and endangered species.” This is just the latest example of an irresponsible federal agency falling short, as the nation and the world stand on the brink of biodiversity collapse and deadly pesticide-induced disease.

Tell the EPA to protect endangered species. Tell Congress to make sure the Biden administration protects endangered species.

The announcement follows the release of a final biological advisory by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which, according to the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), “is based on scientifically unsubstantiated assessment methods imposed under the Trump administration. [and] contrasts sharply with the agency’s 2017 conclusion that 1,284 species are likely to be threatened by malathion. Meanwhile, the National Marine Fisheries Service, a sister agency of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, released an updated biological opinion that determined that malathion and two other toxic organophosphate pesticides endanger virtually all U.S. salmon species. , endangered sturgeon and rainbow trout, as well as orcas in Puget Sound.

The current EPA decision is the result of corporate and political intervention following the 2017 FWS Biological Advisory. Dow AgroSciences – now called Corteva – asked the administration to suspend the assessments. David Bernhardt, then acting Secretary of the Department of the Interior, complied after realizing that the Service’s analysis had determined that malathion endangered the continued existence of 1,284 protected species.

Agency decisions like this call into question the Biden administration’s commitment to protecting the environment and human health. As CBD’s Lori Ann Burd said, “The Biden administration has squandered a historic opportunity to curb the dangerous use of one of the world’s worst neurotoxic pesticides. By ignoring the best available science and choosing to rely on unenforceable promises of good behavior from pesticide manufacturers rather than real conservation action on the ground, the Biden administration is condemning wildlife to the extinction with a wink and a nod. This decision to give in to powerful special interest groups will cause significant harm to our most endangered wildlife.

The insistence that labeling restrictions can prevent harm to endangered species runs counter to past experience, which has produced an insect apocalypse and extinction crisis. The EPA must protect endangered species by banning the use of dangerous pesticides like malathion and other organophosphates.

Tell the EPA to protect endangered species. Tell Congress to make sure the Biden administration protects endangered species.

Letter to EPA Administrator and OPP

With a history of unenforceable and unworkable restrictions on pesticide labels, resulting in US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) findings indicating ridiculously low or no risk, the agency is at

again with his latest announcement turning his endorsement of the continued use of the deadly organophosphate insecticide malathion as ‘protecting threatened and endangered species’. This is just the latest example of an irresponsible federal agency falling short, as the nation and the world stand on the brink of biodiversity collapse and deadly pesticide-induced disease.

The recent final biological opinion on malathion by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) relies on scientifically unsubstantiated assessment methods imposed under the Trump administration and contrasts sharply with the agency’s 2017 conclusion that 1 284 species would probably be threatened by malathion. Meanwhile, the National Marine Fisheries Service released an updated biological opinion that determined that malathion and two other toxic organophosphate pesticides endanger virtually all U.S. species of salmon, sturgeon, and rainbow trout. endangered skies, as well as the orcas of Puget Sound.

The current EPA decision is the result of corporate and political intervention following the 2017 FWS Biological Advisory. Dow AgroSciences – now called Corteva – asked the administration to suspend the assessments. David Bernhardt, then acting Secretary of the Department of the Interior, complied after realizing that the Service’s analysis had determined that malathion endangered the continued existence of 1,284 protected species.

Agency decisions like this call into question the Biden administration’s commitment to protecting the environment and human health. As Lori Ann Burd of the Center for Biological Diversity said, “The Biden administration has squandered a historic opportunity to curb the dangerous use of one of the world’s worst neurotoxic pesticides. By ignoring the best available science and choosing to rely on unenforceable promises of good behavior from pesticide manufacturers rather than real conservation action on the ground, the Biden administration is condemning wildlife to the extinction with a wink and a nod. This decision to give in to powerful special interest groups will cause significant harm to our most endangered wildlife.

The insistence that labeling restrictions can prevent harm to endangered species runs counter to past experience, which has produced an insect apocalypse and extinction crisis. The EPA must protect endangered species by banning the use of dangerous pesticides like malathion and other organophosphates.

Thank you.

Letter to U.S. Representative and Senators

Please ensure that the Biden administration protects endangered species.

With a history of unenforceable and unworkable restrictions on pesticide labels, resulting in US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) findings indicating ridiculously low or no risk, the agency is back with its latest announcement that endorses the continued use of the deadly organophosphate insecticide. malathion as “protecting threatened and endangered species”. This is just the latest example of an irresponsible federal agency falling short, as the nation and the world stand on the brink of biodiversity collapse and deadly pesticide-induced disease.

The recent final biological opinion on malathion by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) relies on scientifically unsubstantiated assessment methods imposed under the Trump administration and contrasts sharply with the agency’s 2017 conclusion that 1 284 species would probably be threatened by malathion. Meanwhile, the National Marine Fisheries Service released an updated biological opinion that determined that malathion and two other toxic organophosphate pesticides endanger virtually all U.S. species of salmon, sturgeon, and rainbow trout. endangered skies, as well as the orcas of Puget Sound.

The current EPA decision is the result of corporate and political intervention following the 2017 FWS Biological Advisory. Dow AgroSciences – now called Corteva – asked the administration to suspend the assessments. David Bernhardt, then acting Secretary of the Department of the Interior, complied after realizing that the Service’s analysis had determined that malathion endangered the continued existence of 1,284 protected species.

Agency decisions like this call into question the Biden administration’s commitment to protecting the environment and human health. As Lori Ann Burd of the Center for Biological Diversity said, “The Biden administration has squandered a historic opportunity to curb the dangerous use of one of the world’s worst neurotoxic pesticides. By ignoring the best available science and choosing to rely on unenforceable promises of good behavior from pesticide manufacturers rather than real conservation action on the ground, the Biden administration is condemning wildlife to the extinction with a wink and a nod. This decision to give in to powerful special interest groups will cause tremendous harm to our most endangered wildlife.

The insistence that labeling restrictions can prevent harm to endangered species runs counter to past experience, which has produced an insect apocalypse and extinction crisis. The EPA must protect endangered species by banning the use of dangerous pesticides like malathion and other organophosphates.

Thank you.

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