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CONSUMERS UNION RESPONDS TO CLINTON PESTICIDE PROPOSAL

 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- President Clinton's legislative package on pesticide reform will be unveiled on Sept. 21 in Congressional hearings. The proposal includes a revocation of the "Delaney Clause," now part of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, which bans cancer-causing pesticides in processed foods. The Clinton plan would replace Delaney with a "negligible risk" standard and allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) significant discretion when setting limits on the amount of a particular pesticide allowed in a specific food.
 "The Clinton plan would vest far too much discretion with EPA. The amount of cancer-causing pesticides allowed in food could swing wildly depending on who's in charge at EPA," said Kristen Rand, counsel to Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports.
 "In addition, the president's plan fails to incorporate many of the key elements necessary to meaningful pesticide reform. First and foremost, any effective pesticide reform plan must phase-out the use of at least those pesticides demonstrated to pose the greatest risk to children," said Rand.
 At a minimum, an effective pesticide reform plan must:
 -- Impose an explicit and enforceable health-based standard and include a plan to phase-out at least those pesticides that pose the greatest cancer risk to children in a timely fashion;
 -- Implement the recommendations of the National Academy of Science report, "Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children," to ensure that children are adequately protected;
 -- Improve the method by which exposure to pesticides is calculated by considering all routes of exposure and addressing cumulative risks posed by exposure to multiple pesticides; and
 -- Insure that accurate records of pesticide use are kept by all applicators and that this use data is submitted to appropriate state and federal officials.
 "Although not exhaustive, these components compose the core of meaningful pesticide reform that will make America's food supply safer and better protect our nation's children," concluded Rand.
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 /CONTACT: Kristen Rand or Laura Weiss of Consumers Union, 202-462-6262/


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