Proposed regulations designed to prevent chemical accidents are not justified by the data and could result in consolidation at the retail level, groups representing agricultural chemical dealers are telling the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Environmental Protection Agency got a reminder, as if it needed one, of the need for a legally sufficient plan addressing the risks of pesticides to endangered species when a federal appeals court ordered it Tuesday to issue a new assessment on an insecticide used in blueberry and citrus production.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is granting federal protections under the Endangered Species Act to the lesser prairie chicken, which farmers and ranchers have long sought to keep off the endangered species list.
House Democrats will soon be under new leadership. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will step down from leadership along with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.