Source: CropLife America

CropLife America (CLA) together with Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), Mid America CropLife Association (MACA), Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) and Southern Crop Production Association (SCPA) filed a motion to intervene in Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America v. Environmental Protection Agency, a lawsuit that has the potential to have wide-ranging effects on agriculture throughout the country. If CLA's role as an "intervenor" is granted, CLA will become a party to the lawsuit and will be in a position to ensure the numerous benefits and needs of modern agriculture are not overlooked in the safeguarding of America's threatened wildlife. This lawsuit is another example of the extensive reform that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation program desperately needs.

The lawsuit, filed Jan. 19, 2011, alleges that EPA has violated the ESA by failing to consult with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service ("the Services") on the potential effects of more than 380 active ingredients pesticides on 214 threatened and endangered species across 49 states. The broad scope of the lawsuit raises the possibility of potential product restrictions through a wide swath of U.S. agriculture. 

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