Did personal biases at EPA influence IARC glyphosate review? US lawmakers want to know

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U.S. lawmakers are investigating whether [EPA] staff influenced the World Health Organization’s review of glyphosate and its finding that the herbicide probably causes cancer, according to a letter sent to the agency on [June 7].

The letter from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology is part of an ongoing investigation into the agency after the EPA posted and withdrew an internal report that said glyphosate was not cancer causing.

One question that lawmakers are trying to answer. . . is whether EPA staff allowed personal bias to color the agency’s scientific review of glyphosate. . .

Related article:  Despite anti-GMO claims, herbicide use is not rising

Some EPA staff participated in both the U.S. review and the WHO review. While the committee’s line of investigation was not clear, lawmakers cited the contradictory findings of the two reviews.

. . . .

According to the letter, lawmakers want congressional staff to interview four top EPA officials who were involved in one or both reviews of glyphosate.

An EPA spokeswoman said [June 7] the agency had received the letter, was reviewing it and would respond.

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