A committee of the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council released a report today that outlines problems with the Environmental Protection Agency’s oversight of dangerous pesticides that are hurting endangered species across the country. The report comes when the EPA is decades behind in assessing the effects of hundreds of chemicals on endangered wildlife.
“This report should jump-start a major reform of the EPA’s deeply flawed approach to approving powerful pesticides,” said Jonathan Evans, toxics and endangered species campaign director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The agency urgently needs to reform the pesticide review process and truly protect rare wildlife and people’s health.”
The report examines how the EPA and federal wildlife agencies — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service — assess the harmful impacts of pesticides on the nation’s endangered species, and how to better protect endangered species from harmful chemicals. It finds that the EPA has not relied on the best scientific information available; has not effectively coordinated with expert wildlife agencies; and has not adequately analyzed the sub-lethal, indirect and cumulative effects of pesticides. The report recommends methods for addressing these problems.