The EPA Sept. 17 unveiled a draft policy to reduce pesticide testing on birds.
The proposal would allow companies to seek waiver requests that would eliminate the need to gather data for “sub-acute avian dietary tests when registering conventional pesticides that would be used outdoors,” according to the draft document.
The announcement came a week after the Environmental Protection Agency said it hoped to end all animal testing when registering new pesticides by 2035. And it followed by days a study published in the journal Science showing the harmful affects of neonicotinoid-based insecticides on migratory birds.
The EPA said its...