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EPA Responds to Ninth Circuit Court's Opinion on Dicamba Registrations
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has responded to the June 3 opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that vacated the EPA’s conditional registrations for three dicamba-based herbicides: XtendiMax (Bayer, formally Monsanto), Engenia (BASF), and FeXapan (Corteva Agriscience, formally DuPont).
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler released the following statement the evening of June 5.
“We are disappointed with the decision. The 2020 growing season is well underway and this creates undue burden for our first conservationists – farmers. EPA has been overwhelmed with letters and calls from farmers nationwide since the Court issued its opinion, and these testimonies cite the devastation of this decision on their crops and the threat to America’s food supply. The Court itself noted in this order that it will place a great hardship on America’s farmers. This ruling implicates millions of acres of crops, millions of dollars already spent by farmers, and the food and fiber Americans across the country rely on to feed their families. EPA is assessing all avenues to mitigate the impact of the Court’s decision on farmers.”