Pesticides expert witnesses may provide reports concerning pesticide regulations, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and related matters. San Francisco Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero heard arguments Friday regarding dismissal of The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America case against the EPA. The Center charges the EPA with failing to assess the impacts of hundreds of pesticides known to be harmful to more than 200 endangered and threatened species.
The lawsuit seeks protection from harmful pesticides for 212 endangered and threatened species throughout the United States, including Florida panthers, California condors, piping plovers, black-footed ferrets, arroyo toads, Indiana bats, bonytail chubs and Alabama sturgeon. Documents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and EPA, as well as peer-reviewed scientific studies, show that these species can be harmed by the more than 300 pesticides at issue.