The Nation

A chemical widely used on apples, peanuts and other produce will remain on the market for at least two more years while scientists try to clear up questions about its ability to cause cancer, the Environmental Protection Agency announced. Last summer, the agency proposed banning the substance daminozide, sold by Uniroyal Co. under the brand name Alar. EPA officials said they backed away from a ban after industry groups argued that exposure to Alar was overestimated.

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