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Testimony & Official Correspondence

Monday, October 29, 2007

Like lead, mercury is toxic to the developing brain. It blocks the natural formation and migration of nerve cells and alters brain growth and development. The fetus is most vulnerable to mercury and the principal source of exposure is fish consumption by the mother. EPA estimates that between 60 and 75 percent of mercury in U.S. waters is from man made pollution, and that coal fired power plants are the largest and only unregulated source.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

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Air monitoring by Environmental Working Group and residents of a Central California mobile home park after methyl bromide fumigation of an adjacent strawberry field found levels of the pesticide that may have exceeded the state's health standard. Methyl bromide was detected in the park at a distance eleven times greater than the state-mandated buffer zone intended to protect residents from exposure.
Monday, October 29, 2007

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Air monitoring by the Environmental Working Group detected extremely high levels of the toxic pesticide methyl bromide drifting from a strawberry field next to Salsipuedes Elementary School in Watsonville, Calif., following fumigation of the field on Oct. 25, 1997.

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On Aug. 21, 1997, owners of the Nakama Ranch began fumigating a 90-acre strawberry field in Camarillo, Calif., with methyl bromide. The field is next to the Lamplighter Mobile Home Estates, whose residents, concerned about the dangers of exposure to the acutely toxic pesticide, had appealed to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to stop the fumigation. DPR denied the appeal, and fumigation proceeded, 10 acres at a time, through Sept. 8.

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