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EPA Set To Pounce On Popular Pesticides

July 30, 1999

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly set to ban entirely use of one pesticide widely-applied to certain fruits and will curb applications of another. EPA Administrator Carol Browner is scheduled to make the announcement on Monday.

  • The total crackdown on methyl parathion and regulations limiting concentrations of azinphos-methyl would take effect next year.
  • The former is used on apples, pears, peaches and cherries, while the latter chemical is applied to apples, peaches and pears.
  • Apple farmers would be especially hard hit because methyl parathion is used on 30 percent of the nation's apple crop, while azinphos-methyl is applied to 82 percent.
  • Experts say there is no affordable, available replacement for some uses of the pesticides and they predict a complete loss for some growers.

The agency contends that overexposure to the compounds might cause nervous system damage and other disorders -- especially in children. Yet she is expected to assure consumers that 1999 crops are safe, according to EPA insiders.

Source: Peter Eisler, "Restrictions Coming on 2 Widely Used Pesticides," USA Today, July 30, 1999.


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