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USDA and EPA Reclassify Malathion as Carcinogen

From: "Deuce"

How can anyone trust anything our government officials tell us anymore? There is no more protection. If this doesn't make you mad as hell, then youneed to do some serious self evaluation. Wonderful legacy we are leaving our kids. -Deuce

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USDA and EPA Reclassify Malathion as Carcinogen
By Robert Lederman
[see USDA letter below]

Things may be quiet in Giuliani's bunker right now but a storm is approaching that none of the "experts" in the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management [OEM] are ready to handle. Perhaps you'll remember how last September Giuliani, OEM Director Jerome Hauer and NYC Health Commissioner Neal Cohen stood before the public on a daily basis and assured us that Malathion, the organophosphate nerve gas they were repeatedly covering the City with was, "completely safe".

"I ask you not to create any undue or unnecessary alarm or panic," Giuliani said at a City Hall news conference on Thursday morning. "There's no point in not spraying, because there's no harm in spraying. So even if we're overdoing it, there's no risk to anyone in overdoing it...The more dead mosquitoes," he added, "the better. I don't think the media should try to push this out of proportion". NY Times 9/10/99

When activists began distributing scientific information to the media and the public as soon as the spraying began which directly challenged the Giuliani administration's claims the Mayor ridiculed the activists claiming they were neurotics who just wanted publicity.

"The mayor dismissed complaints from environmental advocates about the spraying, referring to them as hysterical "environmental terrorists" who "like to get you angry because it gets them on television." The spraying is harmless, he insisted." "More Mosquito War Protests greet new plan for spraying"-Daily News 9/18/99

When the same activists distributed copies of the Malathion labels from the product used in New York City to the media along with copies of the Mayor's Chem-bio Handbook which described Malathion as a potential military or terrorism-use weapon, Hauer lied repeatedly claiming that they'd used, "another Malathion". This was said despite the owner of the helicopter spraying company hired by Hauer confirming on an audio tape (also given to the media) that the labels were from the very canisters of Malathion used in NYC. The pilot also refuted Hauer and Giuliani's statements that the Malathion was "very diluted" confirming that it was in fact 96 percent unadulterated Malathion. The labels stated in no uncertain terms that the product must never be sprayed on humans.

As recently as January 6, 2000 OEM Director Hauer said in a public meeting, "I have nothing to hide...I'm very comfortable with the spraying of Malathion. If we had to do it again, we would do it the same way," 1/27/2000 Queens Tribune Emergency Management Director Grilled On Mosquito Control

For those who need a government agency to point out the obvious, your moment has arrived. The Environmental Protection Agency is about to reclassify Malathion as a human carcinogen. The following is a letter from a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) official to Dr. Robert Simon, a noted toxicologist and anti-Malathion activist, on the new classification.

Dr. Robert K. Simon
Environmental and Toxicology International
11244 Waples Mill Road, Suite H2
Fairfax, VA 22030

Dear Dr. Simon:

Thank you for your letter of inquiry on the status of the Annual and Plant Health Inspection Service's revision of the " Fruit Fly Cooperative Control Program, Draft Environmental Impact Statement- 1999." Preparation of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) is on indefinite hold at this time because of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ongoing review of one of the proposed program pesticides, malathion.

Preliminary information received from the EPA indicates that the EPA is considering changing the registration status of malathion because of studies that suggest that it could be a low-level human carcinogen. Such a change would result in a change in the risk analysis, would require review of protection and mitigation measures, would result in the need to inform and involve the public about the change, and could require the preparation of a supplemental draft EIS.

I regret the delay and that I cannot be more specific about the date of the expected revision, but we believe it is in the best interests of all concerned to wait until EPA's findings are confirmed and made public before we continue. I am placing your name on the distribution list for documents and updates. If you have any questions relating to our process, you may call me at-----.

Sincerely yours,

Harold T. Smith
Senior Project Leader
Environmental Analysis and Documentation
Policy and Program Development
United State Department of Agriculture





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