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Environmental group says it plans to sue EPA over alleged Endangered Species Act violations

January 29, 2010 |  6:04 pm

Florida panther

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 a lawsuit.

An EPA spokeswoman says it will review the letter and the potential effects on protected species.

-- Associated Press

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Photo: An adult male Florida panther growls as he leaves his shipping container to enter his new home at a wildlife preserve in Florida in 1997. Credit: Gregory Smith / Associated Press

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