EPA Charged with Ignoring Environment, Health

April 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Reported in the San Francisco Chronicle today, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (and part of the Bush’s executive branch) is being sued by environmental and farm worker advocates for ignoring the health risks of four pesticides and allowing them to be continually be sprayed on crops in the United States.

A 1996 federal law required the EPA to reassess the safety of all pesticides used on foods and decide by 2006 whether to approve their use. Patti Goldman, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said the agency found that four substances posed risks to human health but concluded their cost savings to growers outweighed the dangers.

“These four pesticides put thousands of farmworkers and their families at risk of serious illness every year,” said Goldman, of the nonprofit firm Earthjustice.

EPA spokesman Tim Lyons said the agency would review the lawsuit and respond in court. Lyons declined to comment on the EPA’s decision to approve the pesticides, but said, “Our mission is to protect the environment and human health.”

According to the article, affects of the pesticides range from bird and fish kills, cancer in humans, birth defects and air pollution.

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