Archive for July, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service have announced a 60-day extension to the public comment period for their proposed revisions to Endangered Species Act petition regulations. The proposed revisions were announced in May and are intended to improve the inclusiveness and transparency of the ESA petitioning processes.
EPA seeks public comment on the Agency’s proposed use of an alternative scientific approach to screen chemicals for their ability to interact with the endocrine system. EPA believes that this new approach will improve the Agency’s ability to fulfill its statutory mandate to screen pesticide chemicals and other substances for their ability to cause adverse effects by their interaction with the endocrine system. EPA’s new proposed approach incorporates high throughput assays and a computational model and is intended to serve as an alternative for some of the current assays in EPA’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Tier 1 battery.
EPA’s document, EPA’s Risk Management Approach to Identifying Options for Protecting the Monarch Butterfly, outlines an approach for actions to protect the monarch butterfly. EPA is soliciting public comment on which potential action or a combination of actions would be most effective in reducing the impacts of herbicides on the monarch butterfly and its habitat. The agency is also requesting additional suggestions for protection measures for the monarch.