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pops are persistent organic pollutants.....

Bush Administration trying to sabotage POPS Treaty with weak FIFRA amendments

Please call or write your Representative if he or she is on the House 
Agriculture Committee.  Check the list at the end of this alert.

In a Nutshell:

1) Before Congress ratifies the POPs Treaty, it must first amend the 
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), to give the 
Environmental Protection Agency the authority to ban or restrict domestic 
production, use, and export of POPs pesticides.

2) Although President Bush promised in 2001 to support the treaty, his 
administration has sought to undermine it by proposing legislation that 
will make it harder, rather than easier, for EPA to control chemicals with 
POPs characteristics after they have been added to the treaty.

3) A bill written by the Bush EPA is expected to be introduced in the House 
Agriculture Committee in the next few days. This bill as written should not 
be passed out of committee. Contact your representative who sits on the Ag 
Committee and tell them to not let the bill pass unless the problems listed 
below are corrected.

Below is background information for your use and a draft letter you can 
send your representative (by mail or email), or use for talking points if 
you call. Remember that your letter will be more effective if you put as 
much of it as possible in your own words before sending it.

For more information, check out the POPS page on the Sierra Club website ( 
<http://www.sierraclub.org/toxics/resources/treaty.asp>http://www.sierraclub.org/toxics/resources/treaty.asp 
), especially the Fact Sheet on the POPS/FIFRA legislation 
(<http://www.sierraclub.org/toxics/resources/pops_under_attack.asp>http://www.sierraclub.org/toxics/resources/pops_under_attack.asp 
).

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DRAFT LETTER:

Dear Representative :____________:

The bill to amend FIFRA now being considered by the Agriculture Committee 
as part of the implementation package for the Stockholm Convention on 
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) is badly flawed. Instead of building 
on the Stockholm protections against persistent pesticide chemicals, the 
bill being proposed would create new procedural and substantive hurdles for 
EPA that would actually make it more difficult for EPA to regulate 
chemicals that are added under the treaty than those that have not been added!

The international process to ban additional POPs will be a painstaking, 
multi-year, science-based one in which the United States will fully 
participate. I urge you to support legislation that makes decisions by the 
Stockholm Conference of the Parties to ban or severely restrict additional 
POPs the basis for domestic regulation, and to oppose legislation which 
does not make the Stockholm decisions the basis for EPA action.

Rather than making it more difficult for EPA to ban POPs pesticides, 
Congress should adopt a proactive, protective approach under which 
chemicals that may have POPs characteristics are monitored and regulated 
before they become widespread threats to human health, the environment, and 
marine and terrestrial wildlife. FIFRA amendments should facilitate 
transparency and public participation in the international listing process. 
They should give EPA a clear mandate to publish and obtain information at 
key stages of the international process, and to solicit public comments on 
proposed international actions and their possible implications for domestic 
policy.

BACKGROUND:

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is a 
global treaty that addresses some of the world’s most dangerous substances. 
POPs are synthetic, toxic chemicals that persist in the environment, 
bioaccumulate in food chains, and are common contaminants in fish, dairy 
products, and other foods. The treaty bans or severely restricts twelve 
POPs, including highly toxic dioxins, PCBs, and pesticides such as DDT. It 
includes a rigorous scientific process to add other POPs to the list of 
globally banned chemicals. Now 50 countries have ratified the Convention, 
enabling its entry into force on May 17.

The United States has a unique opportunity to protect its citizens from 
POPs by ratifying and fully implementing the Stockholm Convention. Congress 
must first amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 
(FIFRA), to give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to ban 
or restrict domestic production, use, and export of POPs pesticides.

Although President Bush promised in 2001 to support the treaty, his 
administration and the chemical and pesticide industries are advocating 
changes to FIFRA that will create new procedural and substantive hurdles 
for EPA before it can regulate POPs that have been banned under the 
Stockholm Convention. Congress must reject these proposals. Instead, 
Congress should adopt a proactive, protective approach under which 
chemicals that may have POPs characteristics are monitored and regulated 
before they become widespread threats to human health, the environment, and 
marine and terrestrial wildlife.

HOUSE Agriculture Committee

John A. Boehner, OH
Richard W. Pombo, CA
Nick Smith, MI
Terry Everett, AL
Frank D. Lucas, OK
Jerry Moran, KS
William L. Jenkins, TN
Gil Gutknecht, MN
Doug Ose, CA
Robin Hayes, NC
Charles 'Chip' Pickering, MS
Timothy V. Johnson, IL
Mike Pence, IN
Dennis R. Rehberg, MT
Sam Graves, MO
Adam H. Putnam, FL
Max Burns, GA
Jo Bonner, AL
Mike Rogers, AL
Steve King, IA
Chris Chocola, IN
Marilyn N. Musgrave, CO
Devin Nunes, CA
Randy Neugebauer, TX
Charles W. Stenholm, TX,
Collin C. Peterson, MN
Calvin M. Dooley, CA
Tim Holden, PA
Bennie G. Thompson, MS
Mike McIntyre, NC
Bob Etheridge, NC
Baron P. Hill, IN
Joe Baca, CA
Mike Ross, AR
Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá, PR
Ed Case, HI
Rodney Alexander, LA
Frank W. Ballance, Jr., NC
Dennis A. Cardoza, CA
David Scott, GA
Jim Marshall, GA
Earl Pomeroy, ND
Leonard L. Boswell, IA
Ken Lucas, KY
Mike Thompson, CA
Mark Udall, CO
Lincoln Davis, TN


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