EPA Opposes Motion to Dismiss ESA Pesticides Mega-Case

Environmental NGOs are suing EPA, asking a California federal district court to essentially take over EPA’s pesticide program because EPA allegedly failed to meet all its pesticide obligations under the Endangered Species Act. On February 21, 2012, several industry interveners filed a motion to dismiss the NGO plaintiffs’ complaint. The interveners include CropLife America and the American Chemistry Council.

On March 6, 2012, EPA and the Justice Department filed with the court the Government’s opposition to the industry interveners’ motion to dismiss.  The Government opposes the motion to dismiss “because the Plaintiffs and Federal Defendants are currently pursuing further settlement discussions and the stay will allow those discussions to continue and serve the interests of judicial economy.”

● Click below to read Government’s opposition to motion to dismiss