US EPA Sued over Harmful Herbicide and Renewable Fuel Standards

US EPA Sued over Harmful Herbicide and Renewable Fuel Standards

Farmers and environmental activists are taking the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to court over granting approval to a herbicide.EPA Fail

Reuters inform that EPA was sued by the farmer and environmentalist groups through a lawsuit filed in California because the agency approved the use of a herbicide, manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, containing 2,4-D – an ingredient considered toxic and dangerous for human health and the environment.

One of the plaintiffs, from the Center for Food Safety, called EPA’s approval “illegal” as quoted in Reuter’s story on the case.  A day after the herbicide’s approval the Environmental Working Group sent an email notification to subscribers, saying it was a “huge step backward that could have perilous consequences for public health.”

Another lawsuit was filed yesterday against EPA over its failure to provide documents regarding renewable fuel standards (RFS) for 2014. A story on Common Dreams tells that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) went to court against EPA for not providing documents that would show the efforts made by the oil industry to influence this year’s RFS as set by the EPA.

Executive Director CREW, Melanie Sloan was quoted asking the question, “Was there a back room deal orchestrated by big oil and high ranking officials in the Obama administration?”

Update: Lately, EarthJustice has launched a page to Tell EPA to Prevent Chemical Disaster.

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