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US EPA asks court to dismiss neonicotinoid suit

The US EPA has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Agency’s approval of two neonicotinoid insecticides, arguing that the claims lack merit and should be thrown out on jurisdictional grounds. At issue is a suit brought in March by five environmental groups and several commercial beekeepers in the US District Court for the Northern District of California (Agrow No 661, p 16). The complaint seeks an injunction that would bar continued use of clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

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