Environmentalists contest broadened use of new herbicide

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Posted: Apr 20, 2015 6:54 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Environmentalists are contesting the federal government's decision to allow more widespread use of a new version of a popular weed killer.

Motions filed Monday in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of Enlist Duo.

The weed killer is designed to be used with genetically modified corn and soybeans. But a coalition of environmental groups, including the Center for Food Safety, says it could endanger wildlife and public health.

Environmentalists first sued after the EPA in October approved the herbicide's use in six states. The latest motions were filed after the EPA decided last month to allow its use in nine more states, including Kansas and Missouri.

Dow AgroSciences has said the new version has been engineered to solve potential problems.