EPA Ignoring Public Opposition To Testing Chemicals On Kids

Several months ago, the Organic Consumers Association alerted its readers to an EPA proposed rule that would allow pesticide and other chemical testing on children. Thanks to all of you, over 50,000 comments were generated to the EPA condemning this proposal. Despite overwhelming input from citizens, congress, and EPA's own scientists opposing the proposed rule, the agency's administrators have announced they are days away from approving the proposal and allowing chemical testing on children.

"The fact that EPA allows pesticide testing of any kind on the most vulnerable, including abused and neglected children, is simply astonishing," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Even EPA's own scientists are speaking out against the agency's proposed rule. "I am somewhat dismayed that this rule was presented in such a complex — and I would have to say, tricky — way," said Suzanne Wuerthele, a regional toxicologist for the EPA. Earlier in 2005, Congress mandated that the EPA must ban all chemical testing on humans without exception, in order for the agency to be allocated its full budget. EPA has clearly failed to do this with this proposed rule. Tell Congress to advise the EPA against publishing this rule:

Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa6.cfm

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