The Environmental Protection Agency is asking the federal appeals court to allow the use of sulfoxaflor while it considers its impact on endangered species. In a legal brief, the EPA said taking this insecticide from the market would likely increase the use of older and more toxic alternatives. The Ninth Circuit Court vacated the registration of sulfoxaflor in 2015 due to possible injury to bees. The EPA issued a new registration in 2016 with additional restrictions to protect pollinators and expanded the label to additional crops in 2019. The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the agency at that time, claiming the impact on threatened or endangered species was not considered. Dow AgroSciences is the registrant for this insecticide.
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