Herbicide critics launch lawsuit
November 1, 2014
A coalition of U.S. farm and environmental groups has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4-D, before granting approval Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide.
The groups are asking the court to set aside the EPA's approval.
Widespread use of 2,4-D carries risks to human health, animals and the environment, the groups allege. They claim the EPA's approval violated the Endangered Species Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
"They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with the Center for Food Safety, which is a plaintiff in the case.
"This was a rubber stamp. They acted illegally in approving this."