Archive for January, 2019

“EU pesticide review ‘in danger of being overly politicised’”

Agriland recently posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“PEU pesticide policy is under scrutiny and review – but is in danger of being overly politicised, with scientific rigor taking second place to opinion, according to Mairead McGuinness.

The MEP and First Vice-President of the European Parliament was speaking ahead of a vote this Wednesday (January 16) in Strasbourg, and commenting on a report that outlines the European Parliament’s position on the EU’s pesticide policy.

‘Serious Consequences’

“The EU’s authorisation procedure could have serious consequences for the Irish tillage industry if a proposal to ban the use of PPPs (plant protection products) for desiccation purposes is adopted,” the MEP said.

Enviros Sue FWS Over ESA Listed Bee

The Natural Resources Defense Council has sued the Department of Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming that they failed to follow the Endangered Species Act in protecting the habitat of the rusty patched bumble bee.This lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2019.

Click here for a Chicago Tribune article discussing this case.





Petition for Rulemaking to Restrict Pesticide Use in Critical Habitat

On December 11, 2019, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service.  The first two paragraphs of this Petition read as follows (footnotes omitted):

Farm Bill Establishes Interagency Review Process for Pesticide ESA Consultation

Section 10115 of the recently enacted Farm Bill requires the establishment of an interagency working group, comprised of representatives from USDA, the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, the Council on Environmental Quality, and EPA.  This interagency group is tasked with providing recommendations regarding, and to implement a strategy for improving, the consultation process required under ESA Section 7 for pesticide registration and registration review. The goal of this process is to make the ESA review process more efficient and predictable for the federal agencies involved and affected stakeholders.

 Click here for the Farm Bill