An ongoing disagreement between Bayer and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the safety of Belt insecticide is moving onto the next step, which is a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Belt was approved in 2008, but EPA recently asked Bayer to voluntarily pull the insecticide due to environmental concerns. Bayer refused, and EPA announced plans to cancel the product's registration. “Belt was issued a time-limited registration so Bayer could quickly take the product off the market if environmental concerns arose,” EPA said in a recent email response about concerns over the insecticide.
Bayer is now requesting a hearing before an administrative judge and environmental appeals board to determine whether a more complete public review will occur. Farmers can continue to use Belt throughout this process.
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