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Old 05-20-2009, 05:46 PM   #1
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EPA Bans Deadly Pesticide Responsible for Millions of Bird Deaths
May 11, 2009
4:12 PM

CONTACT: American Bird Conservancy
Steve Holmer, 202-234-7181, ext. 216
EPA Bans Deadly Pesticide Responsible for Millions of Bird Deaths | CommonDreams.org
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WASHINGTON - May 11 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its final decision to revoke all food tolerances for the highly toxic pesticide carbofuran, which is sold under the name "Furadan" by FMC Corporation. The agency’s announcement confirms a proposed action first announced in July 2008. FMC Corp. will have the opportunity to challenge the decision within 90 days with a petition to stay the rule. When the rule becomes final, EPA will proceed with the cancellation of registration for all uses of the pesticide.

“Carbofuran causes neurological damage in humans, and one of the most deadly pesticides to birds left on the market. It is responsible for the deaths of millions of wild birds since its introduction in 1967, including Bald and Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, and migratory songbirds,” said Dr. George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy. “This EPA decision marks a huge victory for wildlife and the environment.”

This rule becomes effective December 31, 2009 to allow for commodities in storage to be used. Most uses of carbofuran on food crops were voluntarily cancelled in March 2009, effective immediately, so that most uses of the pesticide have been cancelled for the 2009 growing season.
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05/11/2009: Carbofuran Pesticide Residues in Food Revoked.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:42 PM   #2
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And it only took them 40 years to do it!!
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:09 AM   #4
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