Federal Scientists Say EPA Should Look Closer at Pesticides
The National Research Council recently issued a report recommending that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) do more to ensure that pesticides do not harm threatened and endangered fish and wildlife.
The report, Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides, supports steps to improve EPA’s current methods for evaluating the risk that pesticides pose to imperiled Pacific salmon as well as other fish and wildlife.
Among the report’s recommendations are that EPA more broadly account for pesticides’ direct and indirect harm to wildlife – including harm that is not immediately lethal, and impacts to food supply and habitat. It also encourages more consideration of the combined effects of exposure to multiple pesticides.
These recommendations echo what federal fisheries and wildlife scientists have been finding for years about the wide array of effects from these chemicals.