DC Circ. Won't End Most Limits On Toxic Pesticide

Law360, New York (July 23, 2010, 7:17 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court panel on Friday upheld the complete elimination of domestic carbofuran “tolerances” — the amount of pesticide residue permitted on raw agricultural commodities and processed foods — but it also ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reinstate import carbofuran tolerances for rice, bananas, coffee and sugar cane.

FMC Corp., the only pesticide manufacturer registered to use carbofuran, and three grower associations alleged that the EPA unrealistically assumed that in any given watershed the percentage of crops treated with carbofuran would be the...
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