NMFS has issued a draft biological opinion for captan, chlorothalonil, 2,4-D, diuron, linuron, and triclopyr BEE. The current comment period for this 6-pesticide BiOp expired April 5, 2011. EPA and NMFS negotiated an extension to their court-ordered deadline for issuing the final BiOp for these 6 pesticides. EPA explained in its news release:
NMFS will issue a revised draft Biological Opinion no later than May 13, 2011. When NMFS provides the revised draft Biological Opinion to EPA in mid-May, EPA will make that document available and will seek comment on the draft RPMs and RPAs, and will announce the new comment period. Interested persons may then submit comments on the newly revised sections or on the entire revised draft document. EPA will forward all comments it receives on either draft of the opinion to NMFS for consideration.