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EPA Announces Plan to Curb Pesticide Testing on Birds

Sept. 17, 2019, 8:01 PM

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 ...