28 Feb '15, 4am

NRDC sues US EPA over monarch demise EPA failed to heed warnings about glyphosate

NRDC sues US EPA over monarch demise EPA failed to heed warnings about glyphosate

[KANSAS CITY]An environmental group sued the US government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers that a widely used herbicide poses to the declining monarch butterfly population. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in US District Court in New York. The suit claimed the agency has failed to heed warnings about the dangers to monarchs posed by glyphosate, the key ingredient in a widely used herbicide. Glyphosate is used in Monsanto Co's Roundup and other herbicides. Federal law requires EPA to ensure that pesticides it approves will not cause "unreasonable adverse effects on the environment, including wildlife," the lawsuit states. "However, the agency has never considered glyphosate's impacts on monarchs." The NRDC and other environmental organizations have asked the EPA to review what...

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