Don’t Permit Untested Pesticides in Consumer Products

Target:  Steven Bradbury, Office Director, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs

Goal: Remove unapproved pesticides from products

Through use of a regulatory loophole, pesticides have found their way into a variety of consumer products, from blankets to toothpaste. The vast majority of these pesticides have made it into these everyday products without adequate oversight by the EPA through a clause known as “conditional registration.” This condition means the pesticides haven’t been fully tested to ensure that they pose no threat to human health or the environment, as required by U.S. law. Don’t allow bureaucratic regulations to put people’s health at risk. Get EPA to remove unapproved pesticides from products.

Pesticides kill bacteria and other microorganisms, and so in addition to serving a function on plants, they can also help clothes resist stains or help containers keep food fresh longer. However, some have proven to cause health problems in humans, kill beneficial insects and otherwise cause harm to the environment.

The EPA has approved tens of thousands of pesticides through the conditional registration process, which allows pesticides to go to the market without going through the full gamut of safety testing required by law. According to a two-year investigation by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used a approved 65% of 16,000 pesticides that pose a potential threat to public health.

This loophole breaks the law, which requires companies to go through a process than can last several years to register a pesticide. This process includes public comment, reviews of scientific studies, and evaluations by the agency’s in-house science experts. The fast-track conditional registration process was intended to be used only under rare circumstances. Conditional registration bypasses the law, undermines the democratic process and puts human health at risk. Untested pesticides need to be removed from the market.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Steven Bradbury,

The conditional registration process that allows pesticides to be put on the market without sufficient testing and evaluation bypasses the standards set by the law and threatens human health. According to a two-year investigation by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the EPA approved 65% of 16,000 pesticides that pose a potential threat to public health. This is unacceptable and unapproved pesticides must be taken off the market and made subject to regulations and review.

Because of the loophole presented by conditional registration, pesticides have found their way into a variety of consumer products, from blankets to toothpaste. This process is only meant to be used under rare circumstances that threaten public health and bypasses democratic processes like public comment, reviews of scientific studies, and evaluations by the agency’s in-house science experts. This petition demands these pesticides be reviewed and conditional registration only be used when absolutely necessary.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. J Davidson says:

    Why is our EPA so weak?

  2. Roman Hapek says:

    I wish I could remove my signature. This petition is wrong. It should call for banning and not testing. These will end up being tested on farm animals and dogs!!

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