November 24, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a pesticide sprayed along California's central coast does not contain a disputed ingredient that landed the state's eradication program in court.
Environmentalists sued the state last month for not preparing an environmental impact report to ensure the chemical droplets were safe for families and aquatic life.
The pesticide is being used to keep a crop-eating light brown apple moth from infesting valuable farmland.
Last week, a judge granted their request to stop the spraying until both sides could present evidence about potential health risks.
An EPA spokesman now says two versions of the synthetic pheromone spray CheckMate do not contain the ingredient that was