EPA Colluded with Monsanto to Slow Safety Review of the Herbicide Glyphosate

Organic Authority | 8/21/2017 | Emily Monaco
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Multiple EPA officials colluded with Monsanto to slow a safety review of the company’s glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup, according to email communications obtained by Freedom of Information Act requests.

Monsanto officials first reached out to the EPA in early 2015 regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s planned toxicology review of the herbicide, which the CDC said would be published by October 2015. This review has yet to be published, something EcoWatch notes was “no accident, no bureaucratic delay, but rather was the result of a collaborative effort between Monsanto and a group of high-ranking EPA officials.”

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The emails, sent just weeks after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer had declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen, show that shortly after Monsanto’s Michael Dykes reached out to the EPA’s Jim Jones regarding the CDC’s planned review, Jones contacted Dr. Patrick Breysse, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, noting that the EPA’s own risk assessment of glyphosate was nearly complete and might render the CDC’s assessment redundant. In his email, Jones questioned whether two separate assessments were “a good use of government resources.” After several months of correspondence, the CDC’s report was placed “on hold.”

“I think it’s very clear… that EPA officials and Monsanto employees worked together to accomplish a goal of stopping that analysis,” Brent Wisner, a lawyer representing many of the cancer victims who are suing Monsanto, told EcoWatch. “That is collusion. I don’t know what else you’d call that.”

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