Conference Will Cast Light on Intersection of Endangered Species, Pesticides

Acceptable Risks: Reconciling Pesticide Registration with Endangered Species Protection
October 20, 2014

Endangered and threatened species face many challenges from human activity, but recently environmental agencies have focused on the hazards posed by the use of pesticides.

Through a conference sponsored by the University of Virginia School of Law and the Virginia Environmental Law Journal , attorneys and experts will examine the latest recommended approach to pesticide risk assessment. The event, "Acceptable Risks: Reconciling Pesticide Registration with Endangered Species Protection," will be held in the Law School's Caplin Pavilion on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The program kicks off at 10 a.m. with an introductory speech by Robert Dreher, associate director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Keynote speaker Avi Garbow, general counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency, will speak at 11:30 a.m. during lunch. The event is free and open to the public, and metered parking is available behind the school.

The student-run Virginia Environmental Law Journal, founded in 1979, is a leader in environmental legal scholarship.


Schedule | Acceptable Risks: Reconciling Pesticide Registration with Endangered Species Protection

Wednesday, Oct. 29

10 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
Paul Souza, Assistant Director for Science Applications for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

10:30 a.m.
Panel I: Avoiding Institutional Trainwrecks: Reconciling the Statutory Requirements of the Endangered Species Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act


  • Professor Mary Jane Angelo, University of Florida College of Law
  • Brett Hartl, Center for Biological Diversity
  • David A. Barker, Beveridge & Diamond
11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address
Avi Garbow, General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency
Lunch by Sticks Kebob Shop

12:40 p.m.
Panel II: Modern Agriculture and Species Conservation: Translating Conservation Policy to Endangered Species Protection and Its Effect on American Business Interests


  • Dan Campbell, Syngenta
  • Ya-Wei Li, Defenders of Wildlife
  • Rachel Lattimore, CropLife America


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