The Center for Food Safety this week filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. The lawsuit claims the EPA is unlawfully withholding records about the impacts of dicamba. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, alleges that EPA withheld public records from an agency report showing that control measures in its 2020 dicamba registration decision failed to reduce the number, severity, or geographic extent of dicamba-related incidents compared to prior seasons. Meredith Stevenson, staff attorney at the Center for Food Safety, says the action “reflects the agency’s pattern of thwarting the public’s access to information under FOIA.” In June 2022, the center submitted a FOIA request to EPA, seeking documents referenced in the agency’s December 2021 report on dicamba. The EPA has yet to produce any records, prompting CFS to now sue under FOIA law. The lawsuit comes amid an ongoing lawsuit challenging the legality of EPA’s 2020 registration of over-the-top dicamba pesticide uses on dicamba-resistant cotton and soybeans.
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