Ag groups sue EPA to stop chlorpyrifos rule

Nearly two dozen national and state ag groups are suing the EPA over its decision to revoke all tolerances of the insecticide chlorpyrifos.

The American Farm Bureau, American Soybean Association, American Sugarbeet Growers and the Cherry Marketing Institute are leaders in the lawsuit seeking an injunction of the rule to prevent what they call “significant, irreparable damage” it would cause if it were to take effect on February 28th.

The groups ultimately want the rule vacated where they say it conflicts with “well-established, properly developed science.” There are 11 uses of chlorpyrifos found to be safe.

The groups say they are frustrated “over EPA’s disregard for its own science confirming the crop protection tool can be used safely, effectively, and without dietary or environmental risk.”

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Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association; U.S. Beet Sugar Association; American Sugarbeet Growers Association; Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative; American Crystal Sugar Company; Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative; American Farm Bureau Federation; American Soybean Association; Iowa Soybean Association; Minnesota Soybean Growers Association; Missouri Soybean Association; Nebraska Soybean Association; South Dakota Soybean Association; North Dakota Soybean Growers Association; National Association of Wheat Growers; Cherry Marketing Institute; Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association; Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association; Gharda Chemicals International, Inc.; National Cotton Council of America.

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