The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official who was in charge of evaluating the cancer risk of Roundup weed killer allegedly bragged to a Monsanto executive that he deserved a medal if he could kill an investigation into glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.
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What’s the Problem?
March 20, 2017 – The boast was allegedly made in April 2015 by Jess Rowland, a former manager of EPA’s pesticide division who has become a central figure in more than 20 Roundup lawsuits filed against Monsanto.
“If I can kill this I should get a medal,” Rowland told a Monsanto executive who revealed details of the conversation in an email to his colleagues, according to a court filing made public Tuesday.
Monsanto was seeking Rowland’s help to stop an investigation into the cancer risk of glyphosate by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a branch of the U.S. Health and Human Service Department.
A federal judge who is overseeing the Roundup multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2741) said last month that he may require Rowland to answer questions from lawyers for the plaintiffs, who allege he had a “highly suspicious” relationship with Monsanto. Rowland oversaw a committee which concluded that there was insufficient evidence linking glyphosate to cancer, and quit last year after his report was leaked to the press.
Monsanto on March 10 lost a court bid to keep glyphosate off California’s public list of cancer-causing chemicals. A state judge rejected the company’s arguments that the chemical shouldn’t be added to a list that requires explicit warnings for consumer products containing substances that may cause cancer or birth defects.
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