Dec
20

EPA Seeks Comment on Glyphosate Risk Assessments

On December 18, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released for comment its draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the herbicide glyphosate. EPA issued the following press release:

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for public comment the draft human health and ecological risk assessments for glyphosate, one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States.

The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.  The Agency’s assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label.  The Agency’s scientific findings are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by a number of other countries as well as the 2017 National Institute of Health Agricultural Health Survey.

Dec
12

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and NOAA Fisheries Solicit Public Input on Conservation Agreements Policy under the Endangered Species Act

FWS posted the following notice on one of its websites:

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the NOAA Fisheries are actively working to engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and protect imperiled species, even before they are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The agencies are committed to strengthening the delivery of voluntary conservation tools, such as Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA), by making it easier to work together on conservation efforts, thus are soliciting public review and comment on whether to revise the existing CCAA policy and accompanying regulations.