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(Beyond pesticides, August 9, 2021) What’s going on at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Last month, Bayer / Monsanto announced it would voluntarily cancel the “residential lawn and garden” uses of glyphosate products “exclusively to manage the risk of litigation and not for safety reasons.” The EPA has done next to nothing to restrict glyphosate / Roundup since the World Health Organization / International Cancer Research Center in 2015 classified the chemical as likely carcinogenic. It is now expected, as with other voluntary cancellations, that the EPA will not make any health or environmental findings that could affect other (eg agricultural) uses of glyphosate, but will accept Bayer / Monsanto’s action. The company qualifies its action as “risk mitigation”, that is to say the risk to profitability, economic viability and the investment of the company’s shareholders, and not public health or the protection of the company. the environment. Voluntary actions by companies are highly compromised and do not include agency determinations or conclusions, allowing for false claims of security, providing liability protection and unencumbered international marketing.

The Biden administration started with high hopes for the environment. The fight against climate change is a priority. On day one of his tenure, President Biden released an executive memorandum, Modernizing Regulatory Review, which appears to establish a new framework supporting healthy people and ecosystems, as it calls on heads of all executive departments and agencies to produce recommendations. to improve and modernize regulations. examination, with the aim of promoting public health and safety, economic growth, social well-being, racial justice, environmental stewardship, human dignity, equity and the interests of future generations.

But what’s going on at the EPA? The announced voluntary cancellation of glyphosate products highlights the failure of the EPA to correct dangerous decisions made under the Trump administration. The EPA has not corrected actions on chlorpyrifos, atrazine, dicamba, or neonicotinoids that allow poisonings of humans, pollinators and others to continue.

Tell the EPA to stop giving free rein to the pesticide industry to self-regulate based on financial risks rather than health and environmental risks that the law requires to make decisions.

EPA Office of Inspector General report concludes agency’s scientific analyzes have been altered in a way that favors policy choices by senior Trump administration officials when the highly toxic pesticide is re-approved in 2018 and problematic, dicamba. The report, “EPA deviated from its typical procedures in its 2018 Dicamba pesticide registration decision,” was released on May 24. It confirms aspects of what Beyond Pesticides and many others in science, advocacy, public health, and environmental communities have been. say and report since 2016: The Trump administration has launched a massive attack on scientific integrity in federal decision-making. But where is the Biden EPA correction for Trump policies?

An article in Interception reveals how the EPA’s credibility has slipped, given sloppy or corrupt science, from a well-greased revolving door between the EPA and the pesticide industry, from responsiveness to political pressure from pesticide companies and actions lagging behind other countries. If the EPA is to fulfill its statutory responsibilities, it must reverse these realities, reconsider the decisions of the Trump era, and act on behalf of the public and the environment.

The EPA should not continue to allow pesticide manufacturers to self-regulate based on financial risk. Although they may have been forced in court to pay damages for certain uses (usually those where exposure to specific people can be proven), these same pesticides continue to harm others, neighboring farmers. chemical and biological intensive to those who live near production plants and those with pre-existing conditions, to bees and frogs, to consumers. When a company seeks to voluntarily cancel uses of a pesticide, the EPA must immediately suspend all registrations and initiate cancellation proceedings for all uses.

Tell the EPA to stop giving free rein to the pesticide industry to self-regulate based on financial risks rather than health and environmental risks that the law requires to make decisions.

Letter from EPA Administrator Michael Regan

I am writing to express deep disappointment at Biden EPA’s record in regulating pesticides. Bayer / Monsanto have just announced that they will voluntarily cancel “residential” uses of glyphosate-based products, “exclusively to manage the risk of litigation and not for safety reasons”. If the past is a prologue, the EPA will accept Bayer’s voluntary cancellation of residential uses and will not make any findings that may affect other (eg, agricultural) uses of glyphosate. The company qualifies its action as “risk mitigation”, that is to say the risk to profitability, economic viability and the investment of the company’s shareholders, and not public health or the protection of the company. the environment. Voluntary actions by companies are highly compromised and do not include agency determinations or conclusions, allowing for false security claims, liability protection and unencumbered international marketing.

The administration started with high hopes for the environment. The fight against climate change is a priority. On the first day of his tenure, President Biden issued an executive order, “Modernizing Regulatory Review,” which appears to establish a new framework for public health and safety, economic growth, social welfare, racial justice, environmental stewardship, human dignity, equity, and the interests of future generations.

But what’s going on at the EPA? The EPA leaves the field open to the pesticide industry to self-regulate based on financial risks rather than health and environmental hazards that the law requires to guide decisions. Accepting a voluntary cancellation without a rigorous review of science and threats will only highlight the failure of the EPA to correct dangerous decisions made under the Trump administration. The EPA, to date, has not corrected actions on chlorpyrifos, atrazine, dicamba, or neonicotinoids that allow the poisoning to continue.

EPA Office of Inspector General report “EPA deviated from typical procedures in Dicamba 2018 pesticide registration decision,” concludes agency’s scientific analyzes have been altered to favor policy choices senior Trump administration officials in the 2018 re-approval of the highly toxic and problematic pesticide dicamba, as the Trump administration launched a massive attack on scientific integrity in federal decision-making. Where is the Biden EPA correction of Trump’s policies?

An article in Interception reveals how the credibility of the EPA has slipped, given sloppy or corrupt science, a well-greased revolving door between the EPA and industry, responsiveness to political pressures from pesticide companies and actions lagging behind by other countries. If the EPA is to fulfill its statutory responsibilities, it must reverse these trends, reconsider the decisions of the Trump era, and act on behalf of the public and the environment.

The EPA should not continue to allow pesticide manufacturers to self-regulate based on financial risk. Although they may have been forced in court to pay damages for certain uses – usually those where exposure to specific humans can be proven – these same pesticides continue to harm others, from neighboring farmers to high chemical and biological intensity to those who live near production plants. and those with pre-existing conditions, to bees and frogs, to consumers. When a company seeks to voluntarily cancel uses of a pesticide, the EPA must immediately suspend all registrations and initiate cancellation proceedings for all uses.

Please take the following actions:

– Adopt conflict of interest policies that eliminate the revolving door between the EPA and the pesticide industry.

– Reconsider the decisions of the Trump era to authorize the use of dangerous pesticides and act on behalf of the public and the environment.

– Stop self-regulation of pesticide manufacturers based on financial risk. A proposal to voluntarily cancel the uses of a pesticide should trigger an immediate suspension and cancellation procedure for all uses.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this critical public health and environmental issue.


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