DOW INSECTICIDE BAN TO BE DECIDED IN COMING WEEKS, EPA OFFICIAL SAYS

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A top Environmental Protection Agency pesticide regulator said his office will make a decision within weeks that could clear the way for a Dow Chemical Co. pesticide to re-enter the marketplace after being subject to a court-ordered ban.

Jack Housenger, head of the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, told a group of state pesticide regulators at their annual meeting March 7 in Alexandria, Va., that he expects to take action later this month on a request from Dow to alter the allowable uses of its insect-killing chemical sulfoxaflor. If the EPA approves the request, a ban on the manufacture and sale of the chemical that went into effect late last year may be lifted.
A panel of judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit forced the EPA to issue a ban on sulfoxaflor last year after it found that the agency relied on flawed pollinator studies during the EPA's safety review of the chemical.

Bloomberg BNA's David Schultz reported the story for subscribers.