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EPA Proposes New Safety Rules for Deadly Herbicide Paraquat (1)

Oct. 22, 2020, 3:22 PM; Updated: Oct. 22, 2020, 10:01 PM

The EPA said Thursday it’s proposing to allow continued use of a deadly pesticide and 13 other pesticides that affect the nervous system, but would require new safety measures to protect people and the environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed interim registration review decisions would allow continued use of paraquat, an herbicide used for soybeans, cotton, and corn.

But given paraquat’s deadly potential— a single sip is lethal, EPA says—the agency proposes to increase the restrictions on its use. For example, EPA would prohibit aerial application of paraquat dichloride, require a buffer for residential areas, and add mandatory language ...

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