EPA Announces Scientific Findings: Glyphosate is Not a Carcinogen

Kerry Richards; University of Delaware Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator; pesticidesafety@udel.edu

In an important step in the ongoing process for their review of glyphosate, in a recent Office of Pesticide Program Update, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that they continue to find that glyphosate is not a carcinogen, and there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label. Additional information about EPA’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate can be found at https://cfpub.epa.gov/si/si_public_record_report.cfm?Lab=OPP&dirEntryID=337935

According to the April 30 update, “The agency’s scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies. While the agency did not identify public health risks in the 2017 human health risk assessment, the 2017 ecological assessment did identify ecological risks. To address these risks, EPA is proposing management measures to help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate.”

The proposed management measures will be announced in the Federal Register. Once the Federal Register notice publishes, the public will be able to submit comments on EPA’s proposed decision at www.regulations.gov in docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361. Public comments will be due 60 days after the date of publication in Federal Register. EPA’s responses to the comments received on the drafted ecological and human health risk assessments and benefits assessment will be in the docket. This docket also provides links to all previous information released during the glyphosate, including comments when they were previously requested.

The April 30 announcement can be found at http://npsec.us/ and additional information regarding glyphosate can be found at http://npsec.us/psep-sla-portal/