Target: Dr. Marijn Dekkers, CEO Bayer AG
Goal: Remove toxic pesticide from market per EPA request.
Bayer has vowed to fight the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s request to remove a toxic pesticide from the market. The EPA initially granted a limited-time, conditional registration for Bayer’s Belt. The active ingredient, flubendiamide, has since been found to be toxic to river and pond organisms and cause negative effects up the food chain.
Although Bayer agrees the pesticide can be toxic in high doses, they argue that the level of it in water supplies near fields and orchards where it is used never reached that point. The EPA, however, disagrees with the risk assessment and feels that the product is too toxic to remain on the market. Bayer’s refusal to comply with the EPA’s request will ultimately trigger a formal hearing on the matter.
Tell Bayer it must comply with the EPA’s request to remove Belt from the market.
Dear Dr. Dekkers,
The EPA has requested that Bayer remove its Belt pesticide from the market due to concerns about toxicity in the water supply. Rather than comply with this request, Bayer has shown that it cares more about protecting the $527.5 million of sales that Belt brings to the company annually. Bayer is refusing to comply despite their own studies showing that high levels of flubendiamide, the active ingredient in Belt, are toxic.
Bayer’s refusal will ultimately trigger a formal hearing. This lengthy process will cost U.S. taxpayers money and, since Belt will remain on the market during the entire process, will cost the environment much more in exposure to toxins.
We demand Bayer immediately comply with the EPA’s request to remove Belt from the market and prevent further contamination.
[Your Name Here]
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