Source: CropLife America
CropLife America (CLA) has requested to intervene in the Center for Biological Diversity's lawsuit brought against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which alleges that the agency has violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The lawsuit filed by the activist group is seeking to preemptively invalidate registrations for pesticides that it claims jeopardize the polar bear.
"We fully support EPA fulfilling its statutory responsibilities under ESA," said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. "However, a rescinding or suspending product use restriction with no evidence of actual harm to polar bears would eliminate key protections put in place under FIFRA for pesticide registrants. This lawsuit overlooks the voluminous scientific data, analysis and legal safety criteria required for registration by EPA which show these valuable and necessary crop protection products to be safe for use."