The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider whether glyphosate, the world’s most widely used pesticide, is unlikely to cause cancer. The ruling targeted the EPA’s conclusion in 2016 that dozens of studies provided substantial evidence that there is no link between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, and “numerous cancer outcomes.”
The EPA hedged on non-Hodgkin lymphoma, saying it was unable to draw conclusions on the link between that type of cancer and glyphosate based on the available information. Writing for a unanimous three-court panel, Judge Michelle Friedland said the agency can’t find glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer, while being uncertain about its connection to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.