Amvac Beats EPA’s Pesticide Ban

Law360, Washington (August 17, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge ruled Wednesday that a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order banning American Vanguard Corp.'s pesticide pentachloronitrobenzene was illegal because the wrong official signed the order, vindicating the chemical maker in its challenge to the ban.

The EPA issued an order in August 2010 requiring Amvac to cease all sales and destroy all products containing technical-grade PCNB. Amvac sued the agency that same month, alleging that the EPA's order came “out of the blue” and would cost millions in lost sales.

The EPA official...
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