NMFS Seeks Regulatory Reform Comments on ESA Pesticide Consultation Process
In accordance with several recently issued Presidential Executive Orders, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service seeks public comment on identifying existing regulations that: eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; create a serious inconsistency or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; are inconsistent with the requirements of the Information quality Act; and/or derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified. NMFS also seeks public comment on the efficiency and effectiveness of current regulatory processes, and specifically, if current regulatory processes can be further streamlined or expedited in a manner consistent with applicable law.
Comments are due to NMFS by August 21, 2017.
NMFS specifically includes Endangered Species Act consultations with other agencies within its request for comments. As NMFS’ Federal Register notice of its comment request explains:
- “ The Endangered Species Act of
1973 (ESA) provides for the
conservation of species that are
endangered or threatened throughout all
or a significant portion of their range,
and the conservation of the ecosystems
on which they depend.
- Section 7(a)(1) coordination with
other Federal agencies to help conserve
listed species and the habitats on which
they depend. Federal agencies, under
section 7(a)(1) of the Endangered
Species Act (ESA), must utilize their
authorities to carry out programs to
conserve threatened and endangered
species. NOAA Fisheries assists these
agencies with the development of these
conservation programs for marine
- Section 7(a)(2) consultations (both
formal and informal) with Federal
agencies on Federal activities which
may affect a listed species. For example,
NMFS has endeavored to improve this
consultation process by increasing the
use of programmatic consultations for
projects of a similar nature.”
Consequently, NMFS’ request for regulatory reform comments encompasses the pesticide ESA consultation process that NMFS is developing with EPA and the Fish and wildlife service.