Environment & Energy Report

Shutdown Slowed Pesticide Reviews Under Endangered Species Act

Jan. 25, 2019, 9:02 PM

When Environmental Protection Agency employees head back to the office, they will have to dig out from under a backlog of work related to endangered species.

The agency has yet to issue guidelines for three common organophosphate pesticides: chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon. All three have been proven to threaten dozens of species including salmon, killer whales and sea turtles, according to government report.

Environmental groups worry the full impact of the shutdown, expected to end as soon as Jan. 25 after President Donald Trump announced a short-term deal, will further expose protected species to a long list of toxic chemicals....

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