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EPA neonic reviews find endangered species threat, draw ire of grower groups

The overwhelming majority of federally threatened and endangered species are likely to be “adversely affected” by three commonly used neonicotinoid insecticides, the Environmental Protection Agency said in draft assessments that were met with immediate criticism from grower groups Thursday.
The draft biological evaluations are the first step in the interagency consultation process with federal wildlife agencies required by the Endangered Species Act, which is likely to result in newly proposed mitigation measures when the final evaluations are released.
EPA issued proposed interim registration decisions last year that contained some mitigation measures for five neonics, including the three that are the subject of the evaluations.
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