Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

EPA Orders Widely Used Insecticide Pulled from Market

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

EPA Orders Widely Used Insecticide Pulled from Market

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WASHINGTON * Federal regulators on Tuesday ordered the makers of a widely used insecticide to take it off the market because it harms tiny aquatic animals.

The Environmental Protection Agency ordered Bayer CropScience and Nichino America to cancel production of all products containing flubendiamide. The decision comes after studies showed the insecticide harms species at the bottom of aquatic food chains in streams and ponds, impacting the fish that feed on them.

Flubendiamide is used on more than 200 crops, including soybeans, tobacco, cotton and numerous varieties of lettuce, fruits and nuts.

"EPA concluded that continued use of the product would result in unreasonable adverse effects on the environment," the agency said in a statement issued Tuesday. …

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