The 9th Circuit refused Friday to review a federal policy that let California approve weakened revisions to its pesticide laws.

At issue is approval that the Environmental Protection Agency gave California in 2012 for its plan to reduce ozone and pesticide levels in farming areas throughout the state.

El Comite Para el Bienestar de Earlimart and other challengers had called such approval “arbitrary and capricious,” but a three-judge 9th Circuit panel found Friday that “the EPA’s interpretation is supported by the language of the Pesticide Element and the documents incorporated therein.”

“It also is consistent with the California SIP’s overall regulatory purpose,” Judge Mary Schroeder wrote for the court, abbreviating state implementation plan.

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