On November 17, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released documents to the federal docket regarding food-use tolerance revocations of chlorpyrifos. This proposed action follows a long review of chlorpyrifos that has included three separate Scientific Advisory Panels (SAPs), the first two held in 2008 and 2012 and the most recent this past April (see transcript). All three SAPs came to the same conclusion, questioning EPA’s shift to the use of certain epidemiological study outcomes rather than toxicological data in human health risk assessments. In particular, the SAPs have cautioned EPA against using the study outcomes from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH). Read more.
Monsanto and BASF’s public relations teams have been working in overdrive to contain the fallout. Read Monsanto’s Robb Fraley’s list of reasons why he believes Monsanto is not to blame. However, he later took a more conciliatory approach and explained “We are taking these reports extremely seriously.” Read moreRead More »
By Tiffany Stecker of Bloomberg BNA The EPA must do more to combat weed resistance to common herbicides, the agency’s inspetor general said in a new report. The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General released the report June 21 to review the agency’s handling of a growing problem among U.S.[…]Read More »