Syngenta asks to intervene in legal action challenging atrazine registration
OMAHA (DTN) – Syngenta has filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the EPA’s approval of its herbicide, atrazine, and two related herbicides, propazine and simazine.
This lawsuit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco in November, by the Rural Coalition, Pesticide Action Network North America, Beyond Pesticides, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety. The groups allege that the EPA violated its obligations under the federal Insecticides, Fungicides and Rodenticides Act, or FIFRA, when the agency released its provisional registrations of the three pesticides in September.
Now Syngenta, the filer and the leading manufacturer of atrazine, wants a chance to defend its herbicide in the lawsuit, which has only named the EPA as the defendant.
“As the courts have ruled on several occasions in similar actions, Syngenta’s private interests will not be properly represented by the EPA,” the company said in its motion to intervene.
“In defending its registration decisions, the agency takes into account broader interests and objectives that may diverge from Syngenta’s more specific business and reputation interests in its own products and registrations.”
Atrazine is a herbicide widely used in agriculture in a range of crops, mainly maize but also sugar cane and sorghum, as well as a smaller amount of use in landscape maintenance. The herbicide is under review by the EPA and in September, the agency released an interim registration decision approving its continued use.