The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to register dicamba for use on soybeans and cotton is facing another lawsuit from the same groups that succeeded in convincing an appeals court to vacate registrations earlier this year.
Environmental groups and attorneys general from 11 states are opposing EPA’s request to keep the registration of the insecticide sulfoxaflor in place until the agency can comply with Endangered Species Act requirements.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied requests to rehear its decision vacating registrations for Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia, leaving the Supreme Court as the last stop for dicamba manufacturers seeking to overturn the ruling.
A new bill would ban two widely used classes of pesticides and allow citizens to petition the Environmental Protection Agency for designations of pesticides as “dangerous,” which could lead to suspension of their registrations.
EPA defended its decision to allow use of existing stocks of three dicamba herbicides, saying in a court filing that it has taken "responsible steps to avoid unregulated and inappropriate use of existing stocks."
The Environmental Protection Agency has “flagrantly contravened” the Ninth Circuit’s June 3 order on three dicamba herbicides by continuing to allow over-the-top use on soybeans and cotton, the petitioners in the litigation argued in an emergency motion Thursday.
The Environmental Protection Agency will allow growers and applicators to use existing stocks of three dicamba herbicides until July 31, despite a recent appeals court decision vacating the products’ registrations.