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E-M:/ Listing of Inert Ingredients in Pesticides



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Enviro-Mich message from Eric Uram <eruram@students.wisc.edu>
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Eight States File Petition With EPA To Require Listing of Inert
Ingredients.  Daily Environment Report, January 21, 1998, pA-4.

     A petition asking EPA to require pesticide manufacturers to
list inert ingredients on product labels was filed yesterday by
the attorneys general of eight states.  Currently manufacturers
are not required to individually list chemicals that are not
specified as pesticide chemicals.
     Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, however,
says that this practice misleads the public, who think that the
term "inert" means that the chemical is harmless.  In reality,
though, these inert ingredients can be potentially toxic,
according to Harshbarger.
     "Pesticides are toxic by design, and allowing manufacturers
to label risky chemicals as 'inert' - a term most consumers would
equate with harmless - is dangerously misleading," said
Harshbarger in a statement.
     Joining in the filing of the petition were the attorneys
general of Alaska, Connecticut, Guam, Minnesota, New Hampshire,
New York, and Wisconsin.
     Similar petitions were also filed by several health and
environmental organizations.  The petitions were issued after a
report was released by the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives
to Pesticides that described the use of inert chemicals in
pesticides.






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