by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:
It came to light recently that the EPA official tasked with evaluating the cancer risk associated with glyphosate – a toxic herbicide chemical – may have bragged that he deserved a medal if he could ‘ruin another agency’s investigation into glyphosate.’ 
The EPA official, Jess Rowland, allegedly made these comments during an April 2015 phone conversation, farmers and others who claim they were sickened by glyphosate say.
Collusion? Rowland left his position as a manager in the agency’s pesticide division last year and became a primary figure in more than 20 U.S. lawsuits alleging Monsanto (a huge biotechnology company) failed to warn consumers and regulators that glyphosate could potentially cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Rowland oversaw a committee that found insufficient evidence to conclude that glyphosate is a carcinogen and quit shortly after his report was leaked to the press.
A court filing made public in mid-March shows Rowland told a Monsanto regulatory affairs manager:
“If I can kill this I should get a medal.”
The manager relayed the conversation in an e-mail to his colleagues, according to the filing.
A federal judge overseeing glyphosate litigation in San Francisco indicated last month that he’s considering ordering Rowland to submit to questioning by lawyers for the plaintiffs, who contend he has a “highly suspicious” relationship with Monsanto.
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