Crop industry wants EPA to boost lab inspections for pesticide research

A dwindling number of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lab inspectors for studies supporting pesticide re-approval is prompting industry calls for more government oversight.  The EPA has just five inspectors tasked with evaluating the laboratory practices of hundreds of labs that conduct studies surrounding pesticide regulations, marking a steady decline over the past 25 years for the officials in charge of inspecting compliance with the agency’s Good Laboratory Practice Standards.