Health and Children's Rights Advocates call on EPA to Ban Endosulfan

San Francisco – Pesticide Action Network, in coalition with 13 health and children’s rights organizations, delivered a letter today to U.S. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson demanding that the agency cancel all remaining uses of the insecticide endosulfan.

The August 12 letter stated: “We are particularly concerned about the effects of endosulfan on prenatal and child development. Peer-reviewed science demonstrates that endosulfan is both an endocrine disruptor and a neurotoxicant.”

The letter follows up on a February 2008 petition signed by 13,300 people across the country, a legal petition filed by the National Resources Defense Council that same month, three letters sent to the Agency on May 19, 2008 signed by 111 nonprofit environmental groups, 55 scientists, and 5 coalitions of Indigenous groups and tribes, and a lawsuit filed on behalf of PAN, environmental and farmworker groups on July 24.

“Endosulfan poses a threat to the health of children in the U.S.,” the letter concluded. “This antiquated DDT-era organochlorine has already been phased out of agriculture in the European Union and at least 20 other countries. It is high time for the U.S. to take the health of our future generations seriously and ban all uses of endosulfan.”

Signatories to the letter:

Karl Tupper
Staff Scientist
Pesticide Action Network North America
San Francisco, CA

Pam Miller
Executive Director,
Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Anchorage, AK

Heather Anderson
Project Coordinator, Children in the Fields Campaign
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
Washington, D.C.

Janet Nudelman
Director of Program and Policy
Breast Cancer Fund
San Francisco, CA

Patti Goldman
Vice-President Litigation
Oakland, CA

Shelley Davis
Deputy Director
Farmworker Justice,
Washington, D.C.

Roni Neff, PhD MS
Research Director, Center for a Livable Future
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD


Full Text of Letter


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