Wednesday, October 26, 2016

EPA probes alleged illegal herbicide use in Missouri.

EPA probes alleged illegal herbicide use in area Tuesday, October 25, 2016 By Cody Tucker ~ Daily Dunklin Democrat The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has executed federal search warrants at several locations in Southeast Missouri, including Cape Girardeau County, as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of herbicides containing dicamba, according to a news release. EPA's investigation is ongoing and stems from widespread complaints of damage to crops across Missouri and other states in the Midwest and Southeast. Special agents from the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division served federal search warrants during the week of Oct. 10 at several locations in Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, New Madrid and Stoddard counties in Missouri. The searches are part of a continuing criminal investigation into alleged misuse or misapplication of herbicide products containing dicamba. Since June 22, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has received more than 100 complaints of pesticide drift believed to be related to herbicide-use incidents, mostly within the four counties mentioned.

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