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Friday, April 21, 2017

Pesticide Maker Dow Tries to Kill Risk Study

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO also heads a White House manufacturing working group, and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them "to set aside" the results of government studies the companies contend are fundamentally flawed.

Over the last four years, government scientists have compiled an official record running more than 10,000 pages showing the three pesticides under review — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — pose a risk to nearly every endangered species they studied. Regulators at the three federal agencies, which share responsibilities for enforcing the Endangered Species Act, are close to issuing findings expected to result in new limits on how and where the highly toxic pesticides can be used.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lets see if he gives a damn about the environment. My guess is no. Company building the Dakota pipeline already spilled millions of gallons of drilling fluid (not directly toxic but very disruptive) within the first few weeks of operation. Surely a sign of things to come.

Anonymous said...

Trump and his cronies don't have respect for any living creature. They will destroy this country.

Anonymous said...

Pesticides------Big Business,
Big Money!!!!

Now we have cuts to the EPA. I like
Trump, but he's done our
Country a huge disservice by doing this.
Time will tell All, the truth of this
statement too.