Bayer asks for administrative hearing on Belt
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EPA asked the company in January to voluntarily cancel its registrations for the insecticide, used on more than 200 crops in the U.S. Bayer refused, resulting in EPA's March 1 notice of intent to cancel.
The agency issued a conditional registration to Bayer for the product in 2008. One of the requirements was that if EPA were to determine that use of flubendiamide would cause “unreasonable adverse effects on the environment,” the registrants would have to voluntarily request cancellation. “Without that condition, the registration would likely not have been approved by EPA,” the agency said.
EPA said that studies show flubendiamide “breaks down into a more highly toxic material that is harmful to species that are an important part of aquatic food chains, especially for fish, and is persistent in the environment.”
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