Update: The subsmission period expired October 30, 2008.
US EPA is under pressure to weaken proposed regulations to protect farm workers and rural communities from fumigant exposure.
Take Action now! Tell EPA we want the highest safety precautions for fumigant pesticide use and a timeline to phase out fumigants. Don’t let the agrochemical industry undermine the new regulations!
In July 2008, after three years of deliberation, EPA proposed new rules for five highly toxic fumigant pesticides. While the proposed rules fall short of fully protecting people and the environment, they are a giant leap forward in reducing risks of exposure to these dangerous chemicals.
Fumigants are among the most toxic pesticides in use today, drifting into schools and homes in rural communities and threatening the health of farm workers. Exposure has been linked to birth defects, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and acute poisonings. Fumigants are used in large quantities to sterilize soils before planting -- an archaic tool of chemically-reliant industrial agriculture, the antithesis of soil-nurturing sustainable farming.
Sign PAN’s petition today – Please sign the petition by Tuesday, October 28 to demand that EPA stand firm on fumigant rules as an important step toward safer farming.