Public comments are now being accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its newly proposed federal regulation regarding the testing of chemicals and pesticides on human subjects. Earlier this year, Congress had mandated the EPA create a rule that permanently bans chemical testing on pregnant women and children, but the EPA's newly proposed rule puts industry profits ahead of children's welfare. The rule allows for government and industry scientists to treat children as human guinea pigs in chemical experiments in the following situations:
- Children who "cannot be reasonably consulted," such as those that are mentally handicapped or orphaned newborns may be tested on. With permission from the institution or guardian in charge of the individual, the child may be exposed to chemicals for the sake of research.
- Parental consent forms are not necessary for testing on children who have been neglected or abused.
- Chemical studies on any children outside of the U.S. are acceptable.
Public Comment Period for this rule Closes December 12, 2005
Learn more and take action now: http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa6.cfm
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