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This report was released in December, 1999
Pesticide Hypocrisy on Capitol Hill
It's a little-known government program, but it could have a major effect on your kids' health.
The "Section 18" program, named after an obscure provision of federal pesticide law, allows farmers to bypass health and safety laws in cases of an emergency pest outbreak. In recent years, Congress and the EPA have turned this program into major loophole, allowing millions of acres of crops -- including foods heavily consumed by kids -- to be sprayed with poorly tested pesticides. EPA has played fast and loose with the definition of a pest "emergency."
Now, 225 members of congress have cosponsored legislation to open the Section 18 program to even more abuses and further delay children's health protections. These representatives say they're for "sound science" -- yet 53 of these cosponsors have directly pressured EPA to grant Section 18 exemptions, which by definition are for pesticides that lack scientific health and safety testing. Not surprisingly, many of these hypocrites have taken re-election money from pesticide and agribusiness companies that support broadening Section 18 exemptions.