Saturday, February 21, 2009

Public Comments Needed Now to Ban the Dangerous Herbicide 2,4-D...and more

Saturday February 21st, 2009

The NB Telegraph Journal

Put pesticide ban into law in spring

In response to Cosmetic Use of Pesticide Poll conducted December 2008.
Thank you. It seems most of us are in agreement that a provincial ban
on the cosmetic use of pesticides is desperately needed.

The next step is waiting to hear when this ban will begin. I can only
say it cannot come soon enough. Hopefully this spring sitting of the
Legislature Environment Minister Roland Haché will make the much
awaited announced of an immediate ban for 2009.

We New Brunswickers will then join Quebec and Ontario citizens who
already enjoy the healthy fragrance of fresh cut grass minus the skull
and bones signs and poisonous stench. If this is what is intended then
I thank you in advance, Mr. Minister!

BRENDA BIRON
Saint John

http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/search/article/579823

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2.20.2009

Should A Common Law Pesticide Stay On The Market?
A weed killer for grass has been linked to numerous health concerns,
and the EPA is being asked to halt the sale of 2,4-D

By Dan Shapley

Monday is the final day for the public to tell the Environmental
Protection Agency whether or not a common weed killer is too dangerous
to keep on the market. Environmental groups, including the Natural
Resources Defense Council and Beyond Pesticides, argue that studies
linking it to a range of health concerns make it unfit for public use.

The herbicide, 2,4-D is used to kill broad-leaf plants on millions of
household lawns, golf courses and and playing fields. About 46 million
pounds of the chemical is used each year, about 35% of which is used
on parks, golf courses, home lawns and other non-agricultural uses.

According to Beyond Pesticides, 2,4-D has been linked to "non-
Hodgkin’s lymphoma, endocrine disruption, reproductive and
developmental effects, as well as water contamination and toxicity to
aquatic organisms." Organic agriculture and lawn care can effectively
replace the chemical, according to the group.

To learn more and add your voice, check out the information published
by Beyond Pesticides.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/eco-friendly/lawn-pesticides-47022001

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Public Comments Needed Now to Ban the Dangerous Herbicide 2,4-D

(Beyond Pesticides, February 18, 2009) The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) is accepting through February 23, 2009 public comments on
a petition to cancel all registrations for the herbicide 2,4-D and to
revoke all of its tolerances. The petition was filed by the Natural
Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in November and published by EPA on
December 24, 2008. As the most commonly used “home and garden”
chemical, millions of U.S. households especially vulnerable children
and pets, are exposed to this toxic chemical.

Beyond Pesticides fully supports the cancellation of this dangerous
pesticide which has been associated with a host of adverse human
impacts, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, endocrine disruption,
reproductive and developmental effects, as well as water contamination
and toxicity to aquatic organisms. The highly toxic chemical can be
replaced by cost-competitive and effective management practices widely
used in organic agriculture and lawn care.

As long as 2,4-D remains on the market, the public will continue to be
exposed to, and suffer the effects of this chemical whose health
impacts have long been ignored by EPA. Public health and environmental
advocates believe it is time that EPA put science and the health of
the public and the environment first and ban this dangerous chemical.

2,4-D is one of the most widely used herbicide for the control of
broadleaf weeds in commercial agriculture and residential landscapes
in the U.S. About 46 million pounds of 2,4-D are used annually, with
16 million pounds used in non-agricultural settings, such as golf
courses, playing fields, and residential lawns. 2,4-D was considered
eligible for reregistration by the EPA in 2005 with the publication of
its Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) document. However,
according to advocates, extensive important scientific evidence
pointing to the dangers of 2,4-D have been ignored by the agency
during its risk assessment process. These include scientific
observations that 2,4-D is an endocrine disruptor with predicted human
health risks ranging from changes in estrogen and testosterone levels,
thyroid problems, prostate cancer and reproductive abnormalities. EPA
has yet to finalize a screening program to assess endocrine disruption
for pesticides. According to EPA’s RED document for 2,4-D, current
data “demonstrate effects on the thyroid and gonads following exposure
to 2,4-D, there is concern regarding its endocrine disruption
potential.” Despite this finding, the agency found 2,4-D eligible for
reregistration, a fact that advocates say illustrates EPA’s flawed
risk assessment process.

Along with numerous health effects that continue to be ignored, EPA
removed the additional (10X) safety factor instituted to protect
children from pesticide exposure. The removal of this extra safeguard
for children means that children playing on lawns and fields continue
to be exposed to a chemical that has known and uncertain toxicological
effects from which they are not adequately protected. In fact, there
are several data gaps and uncertainties in the toxicological database
for 2,4-D such as, according to the RED, concern for developmental and
neurotoxic effects. 2,4-D is also commonly formulated with other toxic
herbicides such as dicamba and mecoprop-p (MCPP). The agency has not
evaluated the cumulative effects of these chemicals, even though they
are growth regulators and have the same mode of action. As such,
exposures and risks posed from this combination(s) of chemicals have
gone unchecked.

2,4-D is one of the oldest registered herbicides in the US. Its
association with a host of human effects, including cancer, promoted a
Special Review of the chemical in 1986. A few years later in a unique
move, several large pesticides companies with a common interest in
keeping 2,4-D on the market formed the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D
Research Data. In 2007, EPA decided not to initate a special review
after all. 2,4-D, once part of the deadly duo of chemicals that made
up Agent Orange, can also be contaminated with several forms of
dioxin, including 2,3,7,8-TCDD, a known carcinogen. Studies have also
documented that once tracked indoors from lawns, 2,4-D can stay
indoors (on carpets) for up to a year. 2,4-D is also absorbed by the
body more easily in the presence of sunscreen, DEET and in the
consumption of alcohol.

TAKE ACTION: Tell EPA that it is time to put science and the health of
the public and the environment first! Tell the agency that 2,4-D is
too dangerous to remain on the market. If you would like to sign on to
Beyond Pesticides’ comments, email Nichelle Harriott at
nharriott@beyondpesticides.org by February 22. Or submit your own
comments in support of this petition at www.regulation.gov, using
docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0877, no later than February 23, 2009.
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. You can also
send your comments via mail to Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP)
Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency,
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/

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Feb 21, 2009

Owen Sound Sun Times

Canadians must stop their nasty polluting

Editor:

It is truly amazing how eager local newspapers are to print the hear-
say of groups such as 'Preserve Grey Highlands' that want a moratorium
on wind turbine development.

If these same groups wish to "preserve" Grey, Bruce and Simcoe
counties, we suggest that they ask for a moratorium on high voltage
transmission lines, all nuclear facilities, fossil fuel usage
including coal and manufacture of pesticides, ATV's, as well as
snowmobiles.

Let's not begin to speak about the aesthetic and ecological blight
that hydro poles have for our wonderful landscape.

There is ample evidence that there are serious deleterious health and
conservation/nature consequences to these forms of energy use.

The Province of Ontario will go ahead with billions of dollars of wind
energy initiatives.

"We cannot allow small groups and individual municipalities to stand
in the way of our greater public interest in good jobs, cleaner
electricity and assuming our responsibility in the face of climate
change."

Premier McGuinty is this a good idea? Undoubtedly North Americans have
no choice. Even our most recalcitrant politicians realize that Climate
Change is the greatest threat to humanity and biodiversity, and as one
of the greatest contributors to Climate Change, Canadians must change
their nasty polluting habits-- and fast.

Having wind energy is one way that we can shut down the universally
condemned dirty coal power stations.

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance recently reported that there are 668
premature deaths, 928 cases of hospital admissions, and 1100 emergency
room visits each year in Ontario as a result of coal fired plants such
as Nanticoke.

Those who wish to 'preserve' Grey will breathe a lot easier when that
does not occur!

Let's stop the hypocrisy and start to have meaningful actions that
help our children and the planet, let alone us.

Douglas Nadler
Georgian Triangle Earth Day Celebrations

http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1445739

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Veterans Affairs Canada

Feb 20, 2009 13:23 ET
Agent Orange Ex Gratia Payment Applications-April 1, 2009, Deadline
Approaching

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - April 1, 2009, is the
deadline to apply for the Government of Canada's $20,000 Agent Orange
ex gratia payment. The one-time, tax-free payment is related to the
testing of unregistered U.S. military herbicides, including Agent
Orange, at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in 1966 and 1967.

You may qualify for the Agent Orange ex gratia payment if, between
June 1 and September 30, 1966, or between June 1 and September 30,
1967, you:

- were posted to or training at CFB Gagetown

OR

- worked at CFB Gagetown

OR

- lived in a community any portion of which lay within 5 kilometres of
CFB Gagetown

AND

- have an illness associated with exposure to Agent Orange, as
determined by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Institute of
Medicine (2004 update).

For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit
www.vac-acc.gc.ca or call
1-866-522-2122.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

April 1st, 2009, is the deadline to apply for the Government's twenty-
thousand dollar Agent Orange ex gratia payment.

To be eligible, individuals must have been diagnosed with a condition
associated with Agent Orange and must have lived or worked at or near
CFB Gagetown when Agent Orange was tested in 1966 and 1967.

For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit
www.vac-acc.gc.a or call 1-866-522-2122.

For more information, please contact
Veterans Affairs Canada
Janice Summerby
Media Relations Advisor
613-992-7468

or

Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Richard Roik
Director of Communications
613-996-4649
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February 21, 2009

The Globe and Mail

ACRYLAMIDE
French-fry chemical may go on toxic list

by MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT
ENVIRONMENT REPORTER

Worries that Canadians might be inadvertently ingesting too much
cancer-causing acrylamide from French fries, potato chips and other
processed foods has prompted Health Canada to recommend adding the
chemical to the country's toxic substances list.

Acrylamide is an industrial chemical that isn't naturally found in
foods, but is produced accidentally when sugars and other items in
potatoes and grains are exposed to high cooking temperatures.

It has also been detected in breakfast cereals, pastries, cookies,
breads, rolls, toast, cocoa products and coffee, although at levels
far below those in fried potato products.

The decision to recommend placing acrylamide on the toxic list is
being announced in today's Canada Gazette, and is part of an ongoing
review by the federal government of nearly two hundred potentially
harmful substances in widespread commercial use that have never been
subject to extensive safety assessments.

The gazette notice on the chemical, which was posted on the Internet
yesterday afternoon, said the toxic listing was based on the
"carcinogenic potential" of acrylamide and the lack of an adequate
safety margin at current exposures for causing reproductive and
developmental harm during fetal and early life development.

The government didn't announce specific steps to control exposures to
acrylamide in fries and chips, but said that it planned to use the
Food and Drugs Act "to reduce the inadvertent production of acrylamide
in certain processed foods intended for human consumption."

Acrylamide is also used to make polymers found in grout, cement, waste
water treatment, pesticides, cosmetics, and diapers, among other
products. The data posted by the government didn't give any indication
that these non-food uses would be regulated.

The toxic announcement was greeted positively by environmentalists,
who have been arguing that potentially dangerous chemicals in consumer
goods need to be limited.

"We think it's particularly important to list the chemicals that are
in common, everyday items," said Aaron Freeman, a spokesman for
Environmental Defence, a Toronto-based advocacy group. He said the
government should move quickly to introduce control measures.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090221.TOXIC21/TPStory/National

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Shift to hazard-based regulation on pesticides

20 February, 2009
By Angela Calvert

PESTICIDES regulation in Europe has shifted from risk to hazard-based,
resulting in active ingredients being lost and the threat of
resistance increased, TAG technical director Jim Orson told the Arable
Outlook conference.

The biggest losers will be minor crops, grass weed control in
combinable crops and possibly disease control in cereals and oilseed
rape.

Jim Orson
Credit: © FARMERS GUARDIAN please contact 01772 799445.


Mr Orson said Defra Secretary Hilary Benn has been extremely
supportive in opposing new EU regulations and is pinning his hopes on
derogations that will enable the use of certain active ingredients to
continue.

However, these derogations will have to have approval from other
countries, so they may not be granted, said Mr Orson.

He said farmers should not panic, but will have to be innovative to
get round the regulations.

The industry will have to look at new technologies, such as GM and
sensing techniques, alongside old technologies, to see what they can
offer in terms of reductions in, or alternatives to, pesticides.

http://www.farmersguardian.com/story.asp?sectioncode=19&storycode=24562

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