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DuPont Co. to halt sales of herbicide targeted in lawsuits for damaging trees
DOVER, Del. (AP) ' DuPont Co. has told federal officials it is willing to stop the sale of a new herbicide that is blamed for damaging trees in many parts of the country and is the subject of several lawsuits.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged DuPont's offer to pull Imprelis from the market in a letter sent Wednesday to DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman. At the same time, the EPA said it was evaluating the validity of DuPont's claims that studies relating to Imprelis that it has turned over to federal regulators are confidential business information and cannot be disclosed to the public.
In a separate letter, the EPA said DuPont may have misbranded the herbicide because label directions and warnings are inadequate to protect non-target plant species from being harmed by the weedkiller.