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Environmental Protection Agency releases glyphosate assessment updates

On April 30, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency took the next step in its review of the common herbicide, glyphosate . The agency released its scientific findings and suggested management procedures as part of the Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Glyphosate.

According to this decision, the EPA has continued to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. The EPA has proposed new management measures to help users limit spray drift, protect pollinators and reduce the prevalence of glyphosate-resistant weeds. These measures are intended to help growers safely maintain glyphosate as a tool.

After reviewing public comments, the EPA will release a decision in late 2019 with enforceable restrictions. After the EPA completes an endangered species assessment for glyphosate by 2020, the agency will release a final registration review decision.

More information about glyphosate from the EPA can be found here.

For any related questions, contact WVU Extension Service Weed Specialist Rakesh Chandran at 304-293-2603 or