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June 30, 2017

Appellate Court Reminds Federal Agency To Follow the Law

EPA must consider harm to endangered species when approving new, harmful pesticides

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Amanda Goodin, Earthjustice: 206-343-7340 x1020

Washington, D.C.

The D.C. Circuit today affirmed that EPA must consider harm to imperiled species when it approves pesticides for use in the United States.  The ruling came in a challenge to EPA’s registration of cyantraniliprole, a new pesticide with deadly impacts on butterflies and native pollinators.

“Today’s opinion just makes common sense: EPA must look at potential harm to endangered species before it gives the green light to new pesticides,” said Amanda Goodin, the Earthjustice attorney who argued the case in the appellate court.

The three-judge panel found that EPA failed to follow the law during its pesticide review and registration process and ordered EPA to look at harm to native species.  Use of cyantraniliprole will continue during the agency review.

Earthjustice represented the Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety, and Defenders of Wildlife in the case.  The opinion, Center for Biological Diversity et al v. EPA, is available at link.

Pesticides being applied to a farm field, near homes.
Photo courtesy of Sanjay Rawal

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