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[Letter from the Office of Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis Speaking Out Against EPA's Proposed Human Chemical Testing Rule]

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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: FYI: Solis Op-Ed -- EPA Pushes for Human Testing of Pesticides -- Violates the Law and Hurts Public Health
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 18:13:49 -0500
From: Uzzell, Megan <megan.uzzell@mail.house.gov>

From:

Megan J. Uzzell
Senior Legislative Assistant
Office of Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (CA-32)
1725 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
202-225-5464


Dear Friends:

Earlier this year Congresswoman Solis offered an amendment to the Interior-Environment Appropriation bill that would have stopped the EPA from funding or accepting tests of pesticides on humans. She offered this amendment because the EPA was accepting such tests and engaging in the testing of pesticides on humans in the absence of any protections for public health and welfare. Congresswoman Solis believes that humans (especially pregnant women, infants and children) should not be testing grounds for efforts by the pesticide industry to relax regulations designed to protect public health.

Congress accepted her amendment in a bipartisan manner, and after negotiation agreed to make it the law that the EPA has to ban all testing on pregnant women, infants and children (without exception), and among other things, that any tests done or accepted from the industry have to adhere to the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration. However, the EPA has proposed a rule to govern the testing of pesticides on humans which violates this law and fails to provide the safety and protection that Americans desire and deserve. For instance, despite its claims, the EPA's proposed rule allows intentional testing on pregnant women and children, only applies to instances where a pesticide company intends to submit the rule to EPA for review -- allowing testing to continue to occur at other times without safeguards, and which encourages non-compliance with its own standard (the proposed rule only requires that studies 'substantially comply' with the rule.) These are only three of the many problems with this proposed rule.

Please find attached an op-ed by Congresswoman Solis which was published in the Environmental Law Institute's Environmental Forum (November/December 2005) where this debate continues to play out. If you would like more information on the practice of testing pesticides on humans or on the EPA's proposed rule which is available for comment through December 12, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Megan

Megan J. Uzzell
Senior Legislative Assistant
Office of Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (CA-32)
1725 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
202-225-5464

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