USDA Accused Of Ignoring Pesticides' Effect On Species

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (May 24, 2022, 5:45 PM EDT) -- Environmental groups threatened Tuesday to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture unless it corrects alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act committed as part of an insecticide program in the West.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the Center for Biological Diversity said in a notice of intent to sue that the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, is illegally applying insecticides on potentially millions of acres in 17 Western states that are home to threatened and endangered species such as the northern long-eared bat, bull trout and yellow-billed cuckoo.

And APHIS has violated the Endangered Species...

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