Beyond Pesticides

As EPA Oversight of Pesticides Shrinks, Workload Doubles—Raising Safety Concerns

by Beyond Pesticides | May 13, 2022
In January 2022, Beyond Pesticides wrote about the emerging changes emanating from EPA in relation to its OPP ESA efforts: “Beyond Pesticides joined with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and three dozen allied groups to lay out what a ‘larger effort’ to ...

Animals in Wildlife Sanctuaries at Greater Risk of Pesticide Exposure from Internal Agricultural Practices

by Beyond Pesticides | March 30, 2022
Another concern for wildlife refuges involves crops genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate pesticide exposure. In 2012, Beyond Pesticides and other environmental groups, led by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Center for Food Safety (CFS), won a court battle to ...

Producers Warned by EPA that PFAS Is Contaminating Pesticides and Food

by Beyond Pesticides | March 29, 2022
Plastic storage barrels contaminated with polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may be in violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), according to an open letter released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month. Manufacturers, producers, processors, ...

New EPA Policy to Comply with Endangered Species Law Leaves Unanswered Questions for Pesticide Uses

by Beyond Pesticides | January 20, 2022
EPA does provide some indication that this will not be its only substantive action on pesticide use. “Incorporating ESA assessments into the registration process for new pesticides is a key component of EPA’s larger effort to meet the Agency’s ESA obligations efficiently and ...

EPA to Create Advisory Councils to Restore Scientific Integrity in Pesticide/Chemicals Division

by Beyond Pesticides | October 20, 2021
EPA imagines the OCSPP Science Policy Council as providing an “advisory perspective” on scientific integrity, looking at issues at are of “broad interest within OCSPP for informal review” while also fostering informal opportunities for scientific collaboration. Advocates see the ...