CBD v. Department of Commerce et al

September 16, 2020
Not judged
United States, Washington, DC

Environmental NGOs
Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)
United States Department of Commerce, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
William J. Snape

Civil court
Civil action for injunctive and declaratory relief
Herbicide, Glyphosate, Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos, , Organophosphate
Order Defendants to respond to Plaintiff’s FOIA requests as required by the FOIA; Order Defendants to conduct a search that is reasonably calculated to locate all records responsive to each of Plaintiff’s FOIA requests, and to provide Plaintiff with all responsive records and reasonably segregable portions of lawfully exempt records sought in this action...
United States District Court for the District of Columbia of Washington, DC, United States

CBD's FOIA requests seeking documents related to the US response to Thailand’s ban of three dangerous pesticides: glyphosate, paraquat, and chlorpyrifos have not been answered. The lawsuit comes after documents previously obtained by the Center revealed evidence that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and trade officials worked closely with the pesticide and processed-food industries to pressure Thailand into scuttling its ban on glyphosate. Indeed, despite the ruling from the Thailand's Supreme Administrative Court to uphold a lower court decision to dismiss the petition asking it to revoke a ban on the three toxic pesticides (see Asa Rak Mae Klong Group v. Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry), Thailand suddenly reversed its decision on glyphosate 5 days before the ban was to go into effect. CBD claims that the US government acted as a Bayer agent and pressured Thailand into reversing its decision.