Environmental groups are using the courts to argue against renewing approval of dicamba.
The groups are arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to analyze the risks of now Bayer’s dicamba-based weed killer posed to nearby crops before approving it in 2016, according to Reuters. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer, urged the court to dismiss the lawsuit.
Bayer expects the EPA to announce its decision on the renewal of dicamba registration by October. The expectation is that the EPA will approve the registration for dicamba.
The environmental groups want the courts to force the EPA to vacate its approval of XtendiMax, a Monsanto dicamba-based product, arguing it not only harms nearby crops and plants but wildlife as well. The lawsuit was filed in February.
Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.