A U.S. magistrate judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pesticide Action Network North America claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Endangered Species Act by not consulting with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about pesticides’ potential effects on protected species.
Though the dismissal is a temporary victory, ongoing discussions with EPA continue to determine what, if any, actions the Agency may take to avoid further litigation or restrictions on the use of legally-registered crop protection products. The dismissed lawsuit alleged that some 382 crop protection products – all legally registered and scientifically examined for safety under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act – may have harmed protected species.
More on the suit’s dismissal from CropLife America is at http://www.croplifeamerica.org/news/cla/42313-District-Court-Dismisses-Endangered-Species-Act-Mega-Lawsuit.
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