US court vacates stop-sale order for PCNB fungicide

19 August 2011 15:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A US district court has vacated a “stop-sale, use or removal order” for American Vanguard’s pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB) fungicide, the company said on Friday.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had issued the order in August 2010, citing possible “impurities of toxicological significance” and inadequate labelling.

American Vanguard said the US District Court for the District of Columbia had granted the company’s motion for summary judgement, vacated the order and referred the matter back to the EPA.

The court, in reaching its decision, found that the EPA official who signed the order lacked the authority to do so, the company said.

“We are, of course, pleased with the court’s decision,” said CEO Eric Wintemute.

“We are now focused on working with the EPA to get our amended end-use labels for PCNB products issued as quickly as possible, so that we can return to the market,” he added.

In related news, the EPA last week ordered DuPont to halt the sale of its Imprelis herbicide because it may harm trees. DuPont had already voluntarily suspended the product’s sale.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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