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EPA finds problems with biotech crop trials

(Aug. 14, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency charged that Pioneer Hi-Bred International planted genetically engineered corn too close to other crops at an unapproved location and that Mycogen Seeds, part of Dow AgroSciences LLC, failed to plant trees around an experimental site as part of a buffer against pollen spread.

Both companies are experimenting with a type of corn genetically modified with the bacterium bacillus thuringiensis (BT) to resist the rootworm pest. In neither case has government approved the corn for human consumption.

"The EPA said in letters dated Aug. 5 that it plans to issue "civil administrative complaints" against the companies by Aug. 30. Until then, the agency said it will review any evidence presented by the companies in their defense. It's unclear what action the EPA will ultimately take. Each company faces a maximum fine of $11,000," according to the Associated Press.

See the full story at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15551-2002Aug14.html