Letter to CEPA re Methyl Iodide


July 5, 2010

Chris Ripps
156 Shoreline Court
Richmond, CA 94804
chrisripps@gmail.com

MaryLou Verder-Carlos
Assistant Director
Department of Pesticide Regulation
California Environmental Protection Agency

Subject: Status of Methyl Iodide Approval for Use on Strawberries

Dear Mrs. Verder-Carlos,

I would like to know if a decision has been made on the proposed approval of methyl iodide, after the public comment period ended on June 29, 2010.

I am deeply concerned that the results of the scientific review committee has determined that the State’s approval of methyl iodide is, “inadequate, flawed and (based upon) improperly conducted scientific research.”

Please inform me of any recent decisions you may have made regarding the approval of this harmful chemical.

Regards,

Chris Ripps

Cc:
Charles Andrews
Tom Babb
Leslie Reed

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State Department Approves Dangerous Strawberry Pesticide


I am shocked that the State Department of Pesticide Regulation has approved the use of methyl iodide on strawberries. Scientists for the State of California have testified that methyl iodine is, “known to be neurotoxic, as well as developmentally toxic and an endocrine disruptor…”.

For years, conventional farmers injected methyl bromide in the soil, only later to be banned because of it damaged the ozone. Now, this new chemical poses a far more immediate threat because it is a known neurotoxin and endocrine disruptor.

Please read the New York Times article on the subject – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/us/20strawberries.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=methyl%20iodide%20strawberry&st=cse

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