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US court frustrated by chlorpyrifos delay

A three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday seemed sympathetic to environmentalists who are frustrated with the US EPA's failure to act on a petition calling for a ban of the insecticide, chlorpyrifos, but appeared reluctant to impose an order that would require the Agency to respond by a specific date. At issue is a nearly eight-year controversy surrounding a bid by environmentalist groups to force the EPA to cancel all existing agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos.

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