Farmworker Groups Ask EPA Administrator to Protect Farmworker Communities, Reconsider Hazardous Pesticide Use Decision, and Uphold Environmental Justice
The letter, signed by 28 groups from across the country, says that the new fumigants policy "continues an outdated EPA approach to pesticide regulation that adopts unrealistic and unenforceable standards as risk mitigation measures, in an age of safer, greener approaches to agricultural pest management."
EPA announced its decision
Pesticides affected by the decision include chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium/potassium (including methyl isothiocyanate or MITC), methyl bromide. Fumigants are associated with a range of acute respiratory and central nervous system effects, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, tremors and incoordination, muscle weakness, and skin irritation. Long term effects can include brain damage and seizures.
See letter and contacts with phone numbers at www.beyondpesticides.org/watchdog/fumigants.
Beyond Pesticides, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Californians for Pesticide Reform, Campesinas Unidas de
SOURCE Beyond Pesticides
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