EPA to Ban Top Wildlife-Killing Pesticide, Carbofuran
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, all registered uses of carbofuran
kill wildlife. Carbofuran is also extremely toxic to humans and continues
to poison farmworkers. Carbofuran's manufacturer, the FMC Corporation,
is trying to save an outdated pesticide that cannot be used safely and
has no justification to remain on the market given viable alternatives.
Please join Beyond Pesticides in telling EPA that carbofuran is an imminent
hazard and it should cancel and immediately suspend all remaining uses.
EPA must make its
re-registration decision on carbofuran by Thursday, August 3, 2006. The
science shows that all uses must be cancelled, but FMC is lobbying EPA
to try to water down this important decision. Send an email to
EPA's Assistant Administrator for Prevention Pesticides and Toxic Substances
(OPPTS), Jim Gulliford before
August 3rd and tell him that an immediate suspension, without
a lengthy phase-out period, is the only justifiable EPA action considering
the risks associated with this toxic pesticide.
When writing to Mr.
Gulliford, consider the following points:
and Human Health Effects: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
has said that all legal uses of carbofuran kill birds, in violation
of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Carbofuran is extremely toxic to people.
Human risk assessments have been done three times and they show greater
risks to farmworkers each time they are refined.
- EPA Politics:
Given the recent uproar by EPA scientists, whose unions representing
over 9,000 scientists, risk managers and other specialists sent a letter
to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson saying the agency's scientists
are morally and professionally compromised by the Bush administration's
partnership with the chemical industry, this is not the time let politics
trump sound science.
Justification for Action: As part of its re-registration process
required by law, EPA has found that carbofuran is extremely hazardous
and presents unacceptable risks. This follows on EPA's 1991 Special
Review that finds granular carbofuran is highly toxic to birds and led
to the cancellation of many uses. It is well past time for the agency
to take action to cancel all remaining uses of this pesticide.
If you have time
for additional points:
IPM: Integrated pest management (IPM) is not possible when
carbofuran is used. Carbofuran kills all beneficial insects. According
to the label, other crops cannot be planted until 10 months after an
application, eliminating crop rotation as a pest management tool.
Alternatives: All crop uses can be substituted with organic
methods or viable less toxic alternatives.
of Contaminated Crops: Cancellation by the U.S. will send a
strong message to Canada, Mexico and the other countries still using
this toxic pesticide. Immediately canceling food tolerances for carbofuran
would have a huge impact on wildlife in countries that export food to
the U.S. and would create a level playing field for U.S. farmers.