From the Associated Press
FRESNO, Calif. – A conservation group says it plans to sue the federal government, claiming hundreds of protected animal species have been impacted because it has not evaluated or regulated nearly 400 pesticides.
The Center for Biological Diversity sent the Environmental Protection Agency a letter of intent to sue on Thursday. It says the agency violated the Endangered Species Act by not consulting with wildlife regulators about the pesticides’ impacts.
The organization says as many as 887 species may be harmed, including the Florida panther, coho salmon and California condor.
If the EPA does not correct the alleged violations within 60 days, the group plans to file lawsuit.
An EPA spokeswoman says it will review the letter and the potential effects on protected species.