Court Says Dicamba Is Unlawful, Trump EPA Flouts Ruling
Last week the Center and allies won an enormous victory over poisons in our environment. A federal court ruled that the Trump administration was wrong to approve Monsanto's notoriously drift-prone pesticide dicamba for use on genetically engineered soy and cotton. The ruling makes its sale and use illegal.
The court said dicamba has caused "unprecedented damage" in the past few years, which has "torn apart the social fabric of many farming communities." Dicamba drifts where it isn't supposed to go, killing millions of acres of soybeans as well as vegetables, fruit trees, gardens and residential trees.
But Trump's EPA chief, Andrew Wheeler, promptly issued an order that allows continued use of the pesticide through July 31 — most of the summer growing season.
"Trump's EPA is blatantly, shamelessly refusing to enforce the law," said Lori Ann Burd, the Center's environmental health director. "It's dictatorial and destructive, and it'll hurt a lot of farmers and a lot of wildlife. We won't let it stand."
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