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Biological Opinion on EPA pesticides general permit for discharge of pollutants into U.S. waters
  • Published Date:
    2016
Filetype[PDF-3.36 MB]


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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Office of Protected Resources, ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Endangered Species Act Interagency Cooperation Division, ;
  • Description:
    "This document represents NMFS' opinion on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) reissuance of its Pesticides General Permit (PGP) authorizing discharges of biological pesticides and residues from chemical pesticides (together, pesticide pollutants) to waters of the U.S. and the implications of these discharges for threatened and endangered species and their designated critical habitat under NMFS' jurisdiction. The EPA uses general permits issued under section 402, the National Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1342 et seq.; CWA), to authorize routine discharges by multiple dischargers. Coverage for discharges under a general permit is granted to applicants after they submit a notice of intent to discharge (NOI1). Once the NOI is submitted and any review period specified under the PGP has closed, the applicant is authorized to discharge under the terms of the general permit. Under the PGP, however, some dischargers are automatically covered without submitting an NOI. The PGP authorizes discharges only of pesticide pollutants from pesticides that EPA has registered for use under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. 136136y. The opinion and incidental take statement were prepared by NMFS' Endangered Species Act Interagency Cooperation Division in accordance with section 7(b) of the ESA and implementing regulations at 50 CFR 402. This document represents NMFS' opinion on the effects of these actions on endangered and threatened species and designated critical habitat that has been designated for those species. A complete record of this consultation is on file at NMFS' Office of Protected Resources in Silver Spring, Maryland"--Page 1. [Consultation Tracking number: FPR-2016-9154]. [doi:10.7289/V54Q7S33 (https://doi.org/10.7289/V54Q7S33)]

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