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Enviro-Mich message from Phil Shepard <shepard@acd.net>

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Subject: [CCLansing] Fwd: Rat Poisoning Rate in Kids Triples as EPA Cuts Pesticide Regulations
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 00:01:07 -0800 (PST)
From: Jeff Klein <catman579@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: CCLansing@yahoogroups.com
To: [snip]

Thought some of you might be interested in some of this stuff.

Organic Consumers Association <listadmin@ORGANICCONSUMERS.ORG> wrote:

   Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 08:30:44 -0800
   From: Organic Consumers Association
   Subject: Rat Poisoning Rate in Kids Triples as EPA Cuts Pesticide
   To: catman579@YAHOO.COM


Hello Jeffery,

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   Organic Bytes #44
   Food and Consumer News Tidbits with an Edge!


   Two weeks ago Organic Bytes blew the whistle on the Environmental
   Protection Agency (EPA) for a proposed toxic chemical "monitoring
   study" on low-income children. The extreme toxicity of these
   chemicals is already known and many of them are already banned in
   Europe. Such a large number of people signed the OCA petition
   <http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa-alert.htm> (50,000+) and
   forwarded it to their friends
   in the first 48 hours, that our website server temporarily crashed
   and the EPA asked the Organic Consumers Association to stop the
   petition. We will not stop until the chemical corporations are
   disinvited in having a hand in this biased study, low income
   families are no longer targeted, and consumers learn the truth about
   these dangerous chemicals. If you haven't already done so, please
   sign the petition here...


ALERT: EPA'S BACKROOM DEAL WITH CHEMICAL COMPANIES TRIPLES RAT POISONING RATE IN KIDS In 2001, the Bush led EPA struck a deal with chemical companies to remove two important rat poison regulations designed to protect the safety of children. Specifically, the safety measures had required rat poisons contain an ingredient that makes the candy-like pellets taste bitter to kids and a dye to make it more obvious to adults when a child has ingested the poison. As a result of no longer requiring those safety additives, the nation is now seeing a record number of children poisoned by the toxic pellets. This year more than 50,000 children were poisoned by rodenticides, which is three times as many as were affected prior to the removal of safety regulations. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, the EPA met five times behind closed doors with representatives of the chemical industry, which ultimately resulted in the removal of the safety regulations. Read more and sign petition... <http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa.htm>http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa.htm <http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa.htm>


   "EPA's acquiescence to the demands of the rat poison industry is a
   disturbing example of the Bush administration EPA allowing industry
   literally to rewrite the rules."--
   Aaron Colangelo (Attorney who uncovered EPA documents of private
   industry meetings)

   "To bow to business pressure and take the child-proofing out of rat
   poison seems the stuff of parody, something you might read in the
   Onion. But this is no joke."--
   Minneapolis Star and Tribune 11/22/2004



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