How to go to court against a company over its use of an illegal pesticide.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest round of legal action against companies accused of using a pesticide known as pyrethroid is set to go before a federal judge.
It will come after a year-long battle between the EPA and American Chemistry Council (ACC) which owns the pesticide, which was used by Dow Chemicals.
Dow Chemical has already agreed to pay $2.5 billion to resolve the EPA’s claim it was responsible for the use of pyrethoid.
The EPA says it was a major contributor to the global decline in crop yields that was blamed for global warming.
It says its actions resulted in the widespread use of a pesticide that is “harmful to human health”.
But critics say the EPA is only trying to protect the health of a few farmers who buy into its marketing messages.
“The agency has been trying to make a case against Dow Chemical, but this is the first time it has gone after an entire crop,” said David Pollard, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
“I think it’s going to be very disappointing for them.”
There’s really no benefit to the general public.
“Mr Pollard says the EPA could have been doing more to stop the widespread usage of pyretrophene.
The agency’s claim that pyretro is a key ingredient in the pesticide is not supported by any scientific evidence, he said.”
We’re not sure why they are pursuing this.
“In response to the lawsuit, Dow said it was “working to resolve this matter expeditiously”.
Dwight White, the director of the Environmental Protection Administration, told a Senate committee that the agency would seek to have the case thrown out.
He said the agency was investigating pyretronene’s use, which has become widespread, and that the government was not aware of any cases where pyretrone had been used in this way.
Mr White also said the EPA would continue to work with other regulators to identify more effective pesticides to tackle global warming, such as a chlorpyrifos-based pesticide.