EPA Announces Endangered Species Act Protection Policy for New Pesticides

Policy will advance protection of federally listed threatened or endangered species before registering new conventional pesticide active ingredients

Contact: EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov)

WASHINGTON  (Jan. 11, 2022) – Reversing decades of practice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking meaningful action to further the Agency’s compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when evaluating and registering new pesticide active ingredients (AIs). Effective today, before EPA registers any new conventional AI, the Agency will evaluate the potential effects of the AI on federally threatened or endangered (listed) species, and their designated critical habitats, and initiate ESA consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services), as appropriate…..READ MORE