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Bush Administration Will Continue to Ignore Pesticide Laws

>From <> 1/29/04

Miami Herald, Associated Press, John Heilprin, 27 Jan 2004

Bush Admin. to Eliminate Pesticide Regulations It Doesn't Obey

The provision of the Endangered Species Act that requires the U.S.
EPA to consult with two other federal agencies when licensing new
pesticides will be formally abandoned, if the Bush administration has
its way. Government officials concede that the provision -- meant to
involve the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine
Fisheries Service in every pesticide review to ensure that endangered
species won't be harmed by new chemicals -- has been informally
ignored for years. Proposed new regulations would officially let the
government off the hook for what it long has neglected to do. The
regs would presume that the EPA's analysis of new pesticides is good
enough. Inspired by this innovative approach, Grist's editors are
going to urge our bosses to abandon the "clean the fridge every
Friday" rule, since we never do it anyway.

straight to the source: Miami Herald, Associated Press, John Heilprin, 27 Jan 2004

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