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EPA Not Meeting Congress’ Pesticide Test Mandate, Watchdog Says

July 28, 2021, 6:31 PM

The EPA has failed to conduct tests mandated by Congress to determine whether chemicals interfere with hormones that govern how people and wildlife reproduces and grows, the agency’s internal watchdog said in a Wednesday report.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s chemicals office hasn’t implemented provisions in two laws, the Office of Inspector General found. The 1996 amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and Safe Drinking Water Act both required testing for pesticides, in particular to determine if they affected hormones—something called “endocrine disruption.”

Due to the EPA dragging its feet, Congress required the agency in 2010 to ...

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