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VDACS Office of Pesticide Services

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.

 

The ESPP is located at: http://www.epa.gov/espp/

 

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EPA's Bulletins Live!

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 using.

 
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