An OIG analysis shows EPA mishandled the approval of three dicamba herbicides. EPA will implement actions to ensure pesticide registration decisions are free from political interference. EPA Administrator Michael Regan says the agency takes the investigation seriously. “We understand OIG indicated there was political interference during the previous administration. That won’t happen on my watch. We want science to play out. There is a good relationship between North Dakota and the EPA Region Eight office.” Regan tells the Red River Farm Network how EPA may approach the pesticide approval process. “The offices will determine next steps. One of the things we need to do is let the public servants, who are the experts in this area, make the determinations on what the process is and that should be driven by science, following the laws prescribed in statutes.”
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