Cong. Conaway bill would streamline endangered species review process for pesticides
Federal wildlife agencies would consult with the Environmental Protection Agency on the effect of pesticides on endangered species in a much different way, if the farm bill introduced by House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, becomes law.
The language had been sought by the crop protection industry, which applauded its inclusion.
CropLife America said the new provision is much needed. Beau Greenwood, the group’s executive vice president, said the language fixes what he called a “regulatory glitch” that has extended the registration review process by years.
Greenwood also said that the bill’s changes to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act are “intended to continue the cooperative partnership between EPA and the services on implementation of the ESA.”
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