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Saturday, August 25, 2007

ACTION ALERT: Tell EPA to protect workers from toxic pesticides!

Comment period ends Sept. 1.

The U.S. EPA is currently reviewing dangerous fumigant pesticides for re-registration--including methyl bromide, metam sodium, chloropicrin, methyl bromide, dazomet and telone. All of these toxic chemicals pose a threat to the health of farm workers. These fumigants are among the most toxic pesticides in use today, causing birth defects, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and acute poisonings. Fumigant drift has resulted in mass poisonings in areas of high use, often causing the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes and sending many to the hospital. Fumigants also contribute to smog and other resulting respiratory illnesses.

Please take action today. The EPA is asking for public comments on fumigant re-registrations until the end of the August. The UFW is working with Pesticide Action Network and a number of other environmental organizations to encourage the EPA to ban the use of the dangerous pesticides listed earlier or at least require generous buffer zones near schools, hospitals, residences and other places where people may be exposed. We are also asking for notification before applications take place.

We’re using a petition format, as the EPA has a very complicated web form docket system that is difficult to use and makes our one-touch email system impossible. The UFW and our partners want to make expressing your voice as easy as possible and will turn our petition signatures into each of the required dockets to save you the time and effort.

Please make a difference for farm workers by signing our petition today!

from United Farm Workers

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