EPA posts databases of pesticide harm to people, pets and wildlife for first time in agency history

Sun, 17 Sep 2023 19:33:21 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"​The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency posted searchable databases of
pesticide harm for the first time in agency history on Thursday.

The databases, which include reports of harm to people, pets, wildlife and the
environment, include information from pesticide companies, state regulators,
direct complaints to the EPA and reports to the National Pesticide Information
Center and the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

The EPA regulates pesticides through the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and
Rodenticide Act. After a pesticide is registered, manufacturers are required to
report incidents of harm to the agency. The EPA is supposed to use that
information in its safety assessments, though previous Investigate Midwest
reporting shows the agency had no system for reviewing incidents.

“People have the right to know when accidental pesticide exposures or other
incidents are reported to the agency,” said Michal Freedhoff, EPA assistant
administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, in a
press release. “It is particularly critical to share how pesticides may have
impacted our most vulnerable populations, including children and farmworkers.”"

Via Future Crunch:

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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