EPA Rejects Enviro’s Objections on Pesticides

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected objections made by the Natural Resources Defense Council to tolerances of acetamiprid, mepiquat and pymetrozine on food and food byproducts.

     The NRDC claims that the three pesticides are sufficiently toxic to require either an outright ban on residual amounts of the pesticides on food or substantially stricter tolerances than allowed by the agency.
           This is the second time the EPA has rejected NRDC objections, and it follows a remand from the Ninth Circuit asking the agency to clarify its reasons for rejecting the NRDC’s claims.
           The EPA cited several studies it claims show that the three pesticides do not persist in the environment and that their residual toxicity does not pose a special threat to infants.

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