Industry Backed Legislation Directs EPA to Allow Hazardous Pesticide in Food

A bill has been introduced in Congress that directs EPA to reverse a proposed phase out of sulfuryl fluoride, a highly toxic food fumigant and potent greenhouse gas. The Pest Free Food Supply Act, H.R. 1496, sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) and 14 others, prohibits EPA from implementing its proposed phase-out of this agricultural fumigant's uses in 2014 and circumvents a long history of science that requires a reduction of public exposure to this chemical.

EPA acted to phase out sulfuryl fluoride because it is neurotoxic and the cumulative risk to children and the public from multiple sources of food and water exceeds acceptable levels, under the agency's own calculation. Without compliance with the law requiring the phase-out of sulfuryl fluoride, there will be no incentive for grain storage facilities to upgrade to adopt modern practices that do not rely on this hazardous chemical, practices that are regularly used in the organic industry.

Let your member of Congress know you think this phase out is important to protect public health and the environment.

Please send your own personal letter with the points below to your U.S. Representative, or send the form letter we prepared.

For more background information see Beyond Pesticides' Daily News Article.

While all members of Congress should be contacted, for your reference, here is a list of H.R. 1496 Co-Sponsors:
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA)
Rep. Kurt Schrader, (D-OR)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Rep. Sanford Dixon Bishop, Jr (D-GA)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)
Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR)
Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)
Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA)
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)

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