Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Curb Risks From Pesticide Malathion



SAN FRANCISCO | The Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health and Californians for Pesticide Reform filed a formal notice of intent today to sue two federal agencies for failing to finalize measures to protect endangered wildlife and the environment from pesticides containing the chemical malathion.

The legal notice was spurred by the failure of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Fish and Wildlife Service to complete legally required, common-sense steps to fully assess and limit the dangers of the highly toxic pesticides.

In January 2017 the EPA determined in a biological evaluation that 97 percent of federally protected species are likely harmed by malathion, which also has been found by the World Health Organization to be “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

But after Dow AgroSciences officials asked the EPA to suspend its assessment of the dangers of several pesticide ingredients, including malathion, the EPA and the Service indefinitely delayed efforts to complete the evaluation.

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