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Briefing Date:04/29/2013
Topic:Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
Committee on Ecological Risk Assessment Under FIFRA and ESA

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Congressional Briefings
Monday, April 29, 2013
406 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.
1301 Longworth House Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m.
1329 Longworth House Office Bldg. – 4:00 p.m.
and
328A Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 5:00 p.m.

on

Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture asked the National Research Council (NRC) to examine scientific and technical issues related to determining risks posed to listed species by pesticides. Specifically, the NRC was asked to evaluate methods for identifying the best scientific data available; to evaluate approaches for developing modeling assumptions; to identify authoritative geospatial information that might be used in risk assessments; to review approaches for characterizing sublethal, indirect, and cumulative effects; to assess the scientific information available for estimating effects of mixtures and inert ingredients; and to consider the use of uncertainty factors to account for gaps in data. This new report, Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides, which was prepared by the NRC Committee on Ecological Risk Assessment under FIFRA and ESA, is the response to that request.

These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on April 30, 2013 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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