Come join Compliance Services International (CSI) Principal Consultant Ashlea Frank as she attends the 2017 Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) Annual Meeting July 16-19, 2017 in Daytona Beach, FL to present on the following:
Presentation: Aquatic Plant and Algae Management and Endangered Species: Stresses or Stressors, Risks or Benefits?
Abstract: In April of 2013, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) presented their report on assessing endangered species and pesticide risk, responding to the government’s request for scientific advice on how pesticides should be evaluated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) with regard to their impact on species listed by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). After failing to make FIFRA and ESA “work together” in this process, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Marine Fisheries Service (“EPA and the Services”) pinned their hopes on NAS providing input that would provide direction to policy on national level pesticide consultation for pesticide registration. EPA has determined that such consultation would take place under Registration Review. Registration Review is a cyclical, 15-year program that was initiated in 2008, with the first cycle closing in 2025. To date, there are no completed national consultations, which means there are 700 active ingredients still awaiting endangered species assessment and consultation. There have been three products reviewed and with draft findings, but the latest development is a request from industry to the agencies asking for a withdrawal of these draft documents based on their faulty science and unsupported conclusions. Consequently, at this time and from a process standpoint, FIFRA/ESA consultation is still at the starting line. This presentation will update APMS members on what has transpired over the last year and what opportunities and threats these developments bring to aquatic weed and algae management activities.
From the event coordinators, “In addition to aquatic plant research and operational updates from across the country, the Program Committee is scheduling special sessions on algae problems and management solutions, and operational strategies for monitoring, managing, and assessing aquatic plant control in Florida waters.”
If you are going to be in attendance and would like to have a conversation regarding CSI’s regulatory and scientific consulting services, please contact Ashlea (AFrank@complianceservices.com), while at the meeting or call CSI directly (Tel: 253.473.9007).
For a list of other events that CSI will be attending in 2017, visit our Events page.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!