On April 30th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision for glyphosate, an integral step in the registration review process. EPA has identified no risk to public health when glyphosate is used in compliance with its current label, but ecological risk were identified following the 2017 ecological assessment. The following EPA responses contains several key comments:

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Yesterday, a California jury ruled in favor of a plaintiff who claimed that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by long-term exposure to glyphosate. The jury awarded the plaintiff $5 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages. The trial was held in federal district court in San Francisco. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup®.

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Monday marked the start of an ongoing trial concerning the controversial weed killer Roundup — a trade name for glyphosate. A jury in a federal court in San Francisco will soon decide whether or not Roundup is responsible for a California man's cancer.

Glyphosate, a common herbicide, is a valuable part of the integrated pest management system and is used within a broad array of agricultural and urban settings. Farmers – as well as governments, gardeners and other users – depend on glyphosate as an efficient and cost-effective tool that can be used safely to control weeds.

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Crop Protection

Western Growers is engaged in the defense of critical crop protection tools and remains active at the federal, state and local levels.  When restrictions are necessary, we work with regulators to ensure they are based on science and that they protect public health without diminishing efficacy in the field. This marriage of science and policy is where Advocacy and Science & Technology units at Western Growers come together for the benefit of our members.

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