U.S. lawmakers question EPA’s handling of glyphosate review

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U.S. lawmakers have asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to explain why it published – and then withdrew – documents related to its review of glyphosate, the chemical in Monsanto Co’s Roundup herbicide, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

The documents, which included a report that said glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, were posted by the EPA on April 29 and taken down from a website the government agency manages on May 2.

The letter, sent from the agriculture committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, marks the latest salvo in an ongoing debate over the EPA’s role and influence in U.S. agriculture.

According to the letter, which cites a May 2 story by Reuters, the committee is looking into the EPA’s recent actions related to the agency’s multi-year review of potential risks tied to glyphosate and atrazine, another popular chemical used in agricultural herbicides.

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The documents are part of the EPA’s registration review of glyphosate and its potential human health and environmental risks, which started in 2009.

“We are troubled that EPA mistakenly posted and later removed documents related to assessments of two different chemicals within one week,” according to the letter, signed by the Republican and Democrat leaders of the committee.

“These mistakes indicate systemic problems with EPA’s management of its chemical review and publication processes.”

The letter was sent to the EPA on Wednesday. . . .

. . . .

“We are concerned that EPA has continually delayed its review of glyphosate,” the letter said.

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