Congress Threatens Regulation of Pesticides

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Originally Posted: 10 October 2011

Congress Threatens Regulation of Pesticides in Our Waterways

FROM Center for Biological Diversity

ACTION

Tell your U.S. Senators to oppose all efforts to prevent the EPA from protecting our waterways from pesticide pollution. In a nationwide survey, the U.S. Geological Survey found pesticides (or their byproducts) in every stream it sampled.

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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

More than 1,000 U.S. waterways are known to be impaired by pesticide pollution -- and many more may be polluted. In a nationwide survey, the U.S. Geological Survey found pesticides (or their byproducts) in every stream it sampled.

Pesticides discharged into our waterways can kill or cause severe reproductive and developmental harm and cancer in fish and amphibians. The toxins can also move up the food chain, potentially accumulating in people who eat fish, and can contaminate our drinking-water supplies.

Yet there’s a bill in the Senate right now that would prevent the protection of our waterways under the Clean Water Act from pesticide discharges.

The petrochemical industry and large-scale agribusiness are pushing Congress to undermine the Clean Water Act by exempting pesticide applications from the protections and safeguards of water-quality monitoring and permits. Your U.S. senators need to hear from you now that our waterways must be protected from pesticide discharges.


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