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Soybean, Beet Growers Challenge EPA Ban on Chlorpyrifos in Food

May 25, 2022, 3:51 PM

The EPA violated federal law when it revoked the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos in food, and the consequences of that action threaten US food crops, soybean and beet growers told the Eighth Circuit.

Chlorpyrifos has been safely used for decades, the groups said, and the agency recently found the use of the insecticide on 11 crops in certain regions was safe. But, the Environmental Protection Agency ignored that evidence when it changed its position and revoked all tolerances for the insecticide, according to the brief filed Tuesday in US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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