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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

California Farmworkers Challenging Approval of State-Listed Carcinogen, Methyl Iodide, on Strawberry Fields

From the Los Angeles Times:
A  group of environmental and community health organizations is challenging the state’s approval late last month of the agricultural fumigant methyl iodide, a state-listed carcinogen. The coalition representing farmworkers and environmental groups charges that the California  Department of Pesticide Regulation fast-tracked the registration of methyl iodide, and then invoked an emergency regulation to avoid legally mandated public hearings. The fumigant, used by strawberry growers to prepare soil, was approved on Dec. 20 and designated a restricted material, requiring a permit from a county agricultural commission.
Read more:  Farmworkers challenge approval of methyl iodide on strawberry fields | LA Times
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