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EPA Denies TX Herbicide Request
Tue Jul 22, 2014 03:18 PM CDT

(Dow Jones) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turned down Texas state officials' emergency request to allow cotton farmers to use a powerful herbicide to help combat "super weeds" that have developed resistance to widely used chemicals.

The EPA in a July 18 letter to the Texas Department of Agriculture said it couldn't ensure safe use of the herbicide, which includes the chemical propazine, a restricted product that requires a license to purchase and use. The EPA cited risks to drinking water and other hazards, though the agency acknowledged Texas' farmers "situation does meet the criteria for an emergency."

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