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{Nature_and_Environment.4.5}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 29 Mar 2004 13:29:40 CST (HTML)

From American Rivers Action
Fri, 26 Mar 2004
Save Endangered Species from Pesticides

Dear River Advocate,

Take action today and tell the Bush administration to protect endangered species from dangerous pesticides before the comment period ends March 30!  Click here to take action!

Under industry pressure, the Bush administration has been rewriting and weakening the Endangered Species Act provisions that protect fish and wildlife from harmful pesticides.  The pesticide industry has sought such changes for many years to avoid biologists* review of the impact of pesticides on endangered fish and wildlife.

It is widely known that pesticides are very dangerous and can cause massive fish kills.  For example, more than 54 different pesticides threaten the health of endangered salmon in the Northwest and may partially account for their declining populations.

The administration has proposed a new rule that would give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unilateral decision-making power to determine the risks of many pesticides to endangered species, leaving expert scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service out of the loop.  In recent years, the EPA has a terrible track record when it comes to pesticides and endangered species * ignoring their own science and allowing the use of pesticides that threaten endangered fish and wildlife. 

Take action today at

http://amriversaction.ctsg.com/action/index.asp?step=2&item=16560

...and urge the Bush administration to reject industry*s attempt to weaken Endangered Species Act protections for fish and wildlife.  Tell them to withdraw the proposal that would take fish and wildlife expert scientists out of decisions over pesticide use.

Thank you for taking action. Together, we are making a difference for rivers and wildlife nationwide.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Wodder
President, American Rivers
March 26, 2004

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