Ad­min­is­tra­tion seeks de­lay on pes­ti­cide rul­ing

Houston Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is seek­ing a two-year de­lay to de­ter­mine whether a fam­ily of widely used pes­ti­cides is harm­ful to en­dan­gered species.

The re­quest filed be­fore a fed­eral judge comes af­ter Dow Chem­i­cal Co. and two other pes­ti­cide mak­ers asked the gov­ern­ment to set aside re­search that shows organophos­phates are harm­ful to 1,800 threat­ened or en­dan­gered species.

Un­der a 2014 le­gal agree­ment, the Na­tional Marine Fish­eries Ser­vice is re­quired to is­sue find­ings on three pes­ti­cides — chlor­pyri­fos, di­azi­non and malathion — by the end of this year.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency is re­spon­si­ble for de­ter­min­ing whether the pes­ti­cides are safe for peo­ple and wildlife.

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