27 Mar '13, 4pm

NRDC Report: More than 10,000 Pesticides Approved by Flawed EPA Process

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2013) – A two-year investigation by the Natural Resources Defense Council has found that the federal government has potentially threatened the public’s health by improperly using a regulatory loophole to approve many untested or under-tested toxic pesticides. NRDC has found that the Environmental Protection Agency used this loophole to approve 65 percent of 16,000 pesticides for use in consumer products and agricultural processes. NRDC today released a report on its investigation, “Superficial Safeguards: Most Pesticides are Approved by Flawed EPA Process,” that calls for major reforms in the government’s approval process for toxic pesticides. The report outlines how the EPA has used what is known as conditional registration—which Congress intended to be used sparingly—to grant approval for the majority of pesticides. It also reveals that the EPA cann...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2013/130327.asp

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