Subject: Re: ESA ?'s Date: May 8 10:07:06 1995 From: Don Baccus - donb at Rational.COM
>> I have been thinking a lot about the successes of the >>Endangered Species Act lately. Specifically, I've wondered what >>the overall impact of the ban on DDT is.
>Someone help me here... I thought that DDT had been banned by Executive >Order (during the Nixon administration?) and was *not* a result of the ESA.
> Jon. Anderson
Which ESA? The first was passed in 1966, and of course there was a separate Eagle Protection Act which preceeded the 1973 improved ESA.
Having said that, I think you're right that the DDT ban preceeded any formal ESA stuff, and indeed it was the history of the DDT situation that provided some motivation for passage of a strong ESA. DDT awakened a lot of people to the fact that pesticide use can have very subtle side effects, in ways that no one would ever think of testing for (who'd have thought that a pesticide could interfere with a bird's ovary's ability to coat an egg with calcium?)