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EPA and Pesticide Industry Pressuring Scientists to Allow Continued Use of Toxic Pesticides

Government scientists are blowing the whistle on the Environmental Protection Agency's attempt to allow the continued use of 20 highly controversial organophosphate pesticides without conducting adequate safety testing. Previous research indicates that these pesticides pose serious health hazards, especially to babies in the womb, infants and children. EPA scientists report that they are being pressured to skip key risk assessment tests. This controversy comes on the heels of the EPA's new rule which would allow the intentional dosing of pregnant women and children with pesticides.

Here's How Organic Consumers
Can Help Put a Stop to This

The EPA has till August 3rd to issue final tolerance approval 20 organiphosaphate and carbamate pesticies. Send a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator Johnson to either adopt maximum exposure protections for these agents or take them off the market.

Take action and send a letter to the EPA here.


Human Face of Pesticides

Carlitos, child of farmworkers, born with birth defects attributable to pesticides (PBP). Source: Sarasota/Manatee Farmworker Supporters

Background Info

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Treasury Employees Union, Engineers and Scientists of California, risk managers and others, representing over 9,000 scientists in the EPA and government have publicly objected to the imminent approval of dangerous pesticides without completing the adequate hazard evaluations by EPA political appointees. Read the EPA scientists’ letter of protest.

Take action and send a letter to EPA Administrator Johnson here.

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Organophosphate and carbamate pesticides are derived from World War II nerve agents. These agents are particularly harmful to children, infants and fetuses. Many industrialized countries, including England, Sweden, and Denmark, have banned these toxic pesticides. The Clinton Administration began to outlaw these agents, but Bush Administration political appointees have chosen to "align with the pesticide industry and former EPA officials now representing the pesticide and agriculture community."

Take action and send a letter to the EPA here.

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