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ARA co-signed Comments to EPA on Vulnerable Species Pilot Project

Aug 06 2023

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the Vulnerable Listed (Endangered and Threatened) Species Pilot Project: Proposed Mitigations, Implementation Plan, and Possible Expansion.

"This proposal poses, it will effectively result in a de facto pesticide ban for many farmers, businesses, and other users in the pilot range areas. Many of these growers, producers, ranchers, and other users will be left defenseless against destructive pests, jeopardizing their individual operations and risking significant harm to our food, fuel, and fiber supplies, our rural communities, and our nation’s economic wellbeing." 

ARA among other groups representing the ag industry "urge the agency to withdraw this distressing proposal and work with stakeholders to develop realistic solutions that will help the agency meet its legal obligations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) while not seriously and irreparably harming pesticide users, our economy, and rural communities."