Several agriculture groups have filed a motion to intervene in a California federal court in a lawsuit aimed at imposing needless restrictions or bans on pesticide use. The Center for Biological Diversity's lawsuit alleges that EPA violated the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of nearly 400 pesticides without conducting consultations with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service regarding potential impacts on 214 listed species.
"This case aims to use the Endangered Species Act to impose restrictions, if not outright bans, on hundreds of pesticides," American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said. "To protect the interests of growers nationwide who rely on the availability of safe, affordable and effective pesticides, we have sought to intervene in the lawsuit in order to participate fully in how the case is resolved."
Stallman says the pesticides listed in the complaint have already been approved by EPA as safe for use under stringent federal pesticide laws. If consultation between EPA and the Services is required, then EPA should move forward with that process, but farmers should not be denied the use of important pest control products to protect their crops in the meantime.