20 Jun '11, 6pm

Senate Agriculture Committee Poised to Choose Pesticide Industry Interests Over Clean Water Act Protections

Like many people, Sue Eisenfeld once assumed that the government would protect her and her family from dangerous pesticides, in large part because of the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). But that was before last year when she sprayed her house to get rid of fleas. Today, as she battles severe autoimmune reactions caused by the pesticide spraying, she has learned the hard way that FIFRA is woefully inadequate. But now, the Senate Agriculture Committee wants to stake all of our waters and our health on their mistaken belief that FIFRA is strong enough. The Committee plans to pass H.R. 872 without a hearing and with a voice vote as early as tomorrow . As I’ve mentioned many times, this bill is bad for our health and bad for our environment. It will create a loophole in the Clean Water Act that will allow pesticides sprayed by irrigation control distr...

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