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.
A California appeals court slammed the state Department of Pesticide Regulation on Tuesday, finding the agency didn’t consider alternatives before approving two pesticides that might harm bee populations. Read moreRead More »
Neonicotinoid manufacturers are rallying around a 2015 industry-sponsored study that concluded that growers see significant yield and economic benefits from using neonicotinoids in corn and soybeans, among other crops. Read moreRead More »