By Todd Neeley
DTN Staff Reporter
OMAHA (DTN) — The EPA will get another hearing on a federal court’s 2018 order to ban all chlorpyrifos registrations, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the agency an en banc hearing in an order handed down on Wednesday in San Francisco.
In August 2018, the EPA asked for the hearing that will be before all non-recused judges in the Ninth Circuit on the week of March 25, 2019, in San Francisco.
On Aug. 9, 2018, a three-judge panel on the court ordered EPA to cancel all chlorpyrifos registrations in 60 days. The court ruled the agency was not justified in maintaining the insecticide’s registration “in the face of scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neurodevelopmental damage to children.”
Chlorpyrifos’ registration was set to end on Oct. 9, 2018.
En banc hearings are reserved for cases that are particularly complex.