The EPA has been taken to court by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) over the agency's failure to respond to a petition in 2008 to stop the widespread use and licensing of 2,4-D, a toxic ingredient in the Vietnam war herbicide Agent Orange. "Right now it's used in widespread fashion in people's lawns, backyards, playgrounds, ball fields and soccer fields, where kids are getting it on their skin. That's a particular problem" said Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at NRDC. About 11.5 million pounds of 2,4-D is used for lawn care in the U.S. posing health threats to families, and dangers in run-offs into neighboring lawns, gardens, farms and aquatic life. In responding to the law suit, EPA spokesman Dale Kemery said "the EPA does not comment on pending litigations."
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