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EPA to seek comment on draft of risk assessments related to glyphosate

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Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft of its human health and ecological risk assessments for glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide, and stated that it intends to seek public comment on the draft.

Researchers determined that glyphosate likely is non-carcinogenic to humans and poses no significant risks when used in accordance with pesticide labels. However, in the ecological risk assessment, the researchers concluded that potential effects could exist for birds, mammals, and terrestrial and aquatic plants.

According to a press release, EPA intends to open a 60-day public comment period “in early 2018.” The documents will be made available in the online glyphosate registration review docket at www.regulations.gov.

The agency is scheduled to release a proposed interim registration review decision for glyphosate in 2019, the release states.

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