EPA Glyphosate Assessment Moved to Next Spring


The new target date for the Environmental Protection Agency’s assessment on glyphosate is now sometime in the spring of 2017, which coincides with the arrival of a new presidential administration. The EPA is two years late in proposing risk levels that will be the basis for a decision on whether or not lawmakers will keep the herbicide on the market. Some say the blame falls on the International Center for Research on Cancer for the delay in decision making. A report in March of 2015 from the Research Center found glyphosate to be a possible carcinogen risk. That report is making it more difficult for policymakers around the world who say that the product is safe for its prescribed uses. The report didn’t actually look at approved uses of the product or deal with exposure levels, it just found that it is possible for the chemical to cause cancer.