U.S. lawmakers have asked EPA to explain why it published – and then withdrew – documents related to its review of glyphosate, the chemical in Monsanto Co’s Roundup herbicide, according to a letter seen by Reuters.
The documents, which included a report that said glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, were posted by the EPA on April 29 and taken down from a website the government agency manages on May 2.
The letter, sent from the agriculture committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, marks the latest salvo in an ongoing debate over the EPA’s role and influence in U.S. agriculture.
According to the letter, which cites a May 2 story by Reuters, the committee is looking into the EPA’s recent actions related to the agency’s multi-year review of potential risks tied to glyphosate and atrazine, another popular chemical used in agricultural herbicides.
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