Study in Progress
Ecological Risk Assessment Under FIFRA and ESABoard on Environmental Science and Toxicology
1st Meeting of the Committee on Ecological Risk Assessment Under FIFRA and ESA - 11/03/11
Closed Session - 09/13/12
2nd Committee on Ecological Risk Assessment Under FIFRA and ESA Meeting - 01/31/12Public Briefing: Assessing Risks To Endangered And Threatened Species From Pesticides - 04/30/13
3rd Ecological Risk Assessment Under FIFRA and ESA Meeting - 04/04/12
Statement of Task
A committee of the National Research Council (NRC) will examine scientific and technical issues related to the methods and assumptions used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct scientific assessments of ecological risks from pesticides registered by EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The range of scientific studies needed to make such assessments will be considered, including ecological, agricultural, hydrological, toxicological, and exposure studies. The committee will develop conclusions reflecting the use of scientific principles and to facilitate a more holistic approach to assessing risks across the agencies, considering the intent of the ESA and of FIFRA. The expectation is that the NRC's conclusions would also be applied to the methods and assumptions used for scientific assessment of federal actions under the Clean Water Act to species listed under the ESA. Policy issues related to decision making will not be addressed. Full Statement of Task [PDF].