On November 2, 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final notice concerning implementation of the Endangered Species Protection Program (ESPP). The ESPP is intended to better mitigate the risks of pesticide use to the threatened and endangered species. The cornerstone of the ESPP will be the use of Endangered Species Protection Bulletins (“Bulletins”) that will contain enforceable pesticide use restrictions beyond those found on a pesticide container label. Pesticide users must not only follow all pesticide use restrictions, directions, and precautions found on the pesticide container label, but also in their local County Bulletin if one is available.
Further information on the ESPP (including the Bulletins) can be found on the EPA Endangered Species Protection Program homepage: www.epa.gov/espp.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture recently prepared the North Dakota Endangered Species Protection Program for Pesticides. The plan would allow the Department to submit data and recommendations to the EPA as the Agency evaluates the risk of pesticides to North Dakota threatened and endangered species. The plan would also allow the Department to work collaboratively with EPA to mitigate the risk of pesticides to listed species in North Dakota.