Federal Appeals Court Finds EPA Has “Skipped” Required Analysis of Pesticide Impacts on Protected Animals and Plants “For Decades”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address the harms of four pesticides to endangered plants and animals, finding that the agency “routinely skipped” performing adequate assessment of the impact of pesticides on endangered fauna and flora “for decades.” The decision marks the third time in four weeks that federal courts have ordered the EPA to address pesticide harms to endangered species. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ordered the agency to address dangers to endangered wildlife and pollinators from the insecticide sulfoxaflor. Last month, the D.C. Circuit ordered the EPA to address its long-delayed obligation to protect endangered species from the toxic insecticide cyantraniliprole.