The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Office
of Pesticide Services (OPS) - is the lead agency in Virginia
responsible for enforcement of pesticide regulations. VDACS has the
authority to cite applicators who do not follow the pesticide label
including violations associated with endangered species requirements. Click HERE to learn more about about VDACS's role in endangered species protection in Virginia.
Endangered Species and Pesticide Regulation
Since 1989, pesticides have been subjected to regulation associated with protection of endangered species. This program has been slow to unfold, but within the next few years the USEPA will require pesticide labels to invoke special compliance requirements for pesticide applications near or within the range of endangered and threatened species.
EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program
Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the government protects endangered and threatened plants and animals (listed species) and the habitats upon which they depend. The ESA requires federal agencies to ensure that any action it authorizes, funds, or carries out, does not "adversely impact" any listed species, or "destroy or adversely modify" any critical habitat for that species.
EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program (ESPP) helps promote the
recovery of listed species. The ESPP is a program designed to determine
whether pesticide use in a certain geographic area may affect any
listed species. If limitations on pesticide use are necessary to
protect listed species in that area, the information is relayed through
Endangered Species Protection Bulletins.
EPA's Bulletins Live! website
is a tool designed to help applicators comply with the endangered
species requirements on pesticide labels. Applicators using pesticides
with label language requiring you to comply with endangered species
protection will direct you to this website. Once there you must locate
(and follow) an information bulletin specific to the location
(endangered species state/county/range) and labeled product you are