Bayer to Wage Rare Challenge of EPA Pesticide Ban

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An Environmental Protection Agency proposal to enact a total ban on a Bayer insecticide sets up an unusual legal conflict between a pesticide maker and the EPA.

Bayer plans to ask an administrative law judge to overturn the EPA's proposed ban of the chemical flubendiamide, the active ingredient in the company's bug killer Belt. The EPA announced March 1 that it is seeking to ban the chemical only after asking Bayer to voluntarily pull it from the shelves, a request that Bayer denied.

The challenge to the proposed ban would mark only the second time since the late 1980s that a pesticide company has taken such an action, according to environmental and chemical attorney Mike Novak.

Bloomberg BNA reporter David Schultz has the story.