25 Aug '11, 6pm

"Smoking gun" docs show California approved cancer-causing pesticide on strawberries despite knowing its toxic effect

"Smoking gun" docs show California approved cancer-causing pesticide on strawberries despite knowing its toxic effect

Newly released documents show that a Schwarzenegger political appointee within the state agency that approved the cancer-causing strawberry pesticide methyl iodide favored the input of the chemical’s manufacturer, Arysta LifeScience, over the recommendations of its own scientists. The new documents—released in accordance with a court order in the California-based litigation challenging methyl iodide—show that top scientists in the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) warned of the dangers of methyl iodide and strongly criticized the methods by which the “acceptable” levels of exposure were set by DPR management. Methyl iodide causes late term miscarriages, is a known carcinogen, and puts California’s scarce groundwater supplies at risk of iodide contamination. “These smoking gun memos show that state officials cherry-picked calculations to support their pref...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2011/smoking-gun-docum...

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