U.S. Court Lifts Ban on Human Tests of Pesticides

Andrew Gach unclewolf at olypen.com
Wed Jun 4 10:26:10 EDT 2003

U.S. Court Lifts Ban on Human Tests of Pesticides
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a U.S.
ban that prohibited testing pesticides on humans, opening the door for
renewed debate on the practice.

The D.C. District Court of Appeals said that a directive by the
Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in December 2001 constituted a
binding regulation because it was issued without notice or the opportunity
for public comment and therefore should be overruled.

The court reinstated the EPA's previous practice of considering third-party
human studies, until the agency gathers public comment and issues a formal
rule, a process that can take months or years.


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