Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration For Abandoning Investigation into Dangerous Pesticides

By Derrick Broze

The Trump Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are facing three new lawsuits regarding recently amended practices regarding the use of certain pesticides which have been linked to cancer.

A coalition of conservation and public health groups have filed suit against the Trump Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the federal government of foregoing an assessment of a pesticide known to have harmful health effects, as well as suspending training for pesticide handlers. The Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health and Californians for Pesticide Reform filed suit against the EPA head, Scott Pruitt, accusing him of failing to protect endangered wildlife and the environment by abandoning a safety assessment of the pesticide malathion.

The lawsuit claims the EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have failed to complete their legal mandate to assess and limit the dangers of malathion. According to the World Health Organization, malathion is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

“Its deplorable that the Trump administration is putting human health and endangered wildlife at risk to please Dow,” said Jonathan Evans, environmental health legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Trump and Pruitt aren’t above the law and they have to take reasonable steps to limit the harms of this dangerous pesticide.”

In January 2017, the EPA reported a biological evaluation found that 97 percent of federally protected species are likely harmed by malathion. This means nearly 1,800 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion, as well as another common pesticide known as chlorpyrifos. The evaluation also found that another 78 percent of endangered plants and animals are likely to be hurt by the pesticide diazinon.

“It is unacceptable to ignore the range of well-documented dangers with this outdated class of organophosphate pesticides,” said Sarah Aird, co-director of Californians for Pesticide Reform. “Malathion is one of the most dangerous pesticides still available on the market.” The neurotoxin is part of the class of organophosphate pesticides used as a nerve agent in chemical warfare.

The other two lawsuits focus on the agency’s indefinite suspension of a training mandate designed to help pesticide handlers learn proper handling measures and avoid accidental poisoning while on the job. Critics of the suspension argue that the measure will hurt the poorest among us, specifically immigrant farm workers.

The lawsuits are aimed at disrupting the close relationship between the Trump Administration and the chemical companies responsible for the creation of these dangerous poisons. Less than a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, Dow Chemical had shelled out $1 million to support the president. In addition, Trump nominated Scott Pruitt — a man with well-known connections to the pesticide industry — to be head of the EPA. In March of 2017, Pruitt caused a controversy when he struck down a ban on chlorpyrifos, a pesticide manufactured by Dow Chemical. However, in June 2017 the Los Angeles Times reported that Pruitt had met with Dow’s Chief Executive Officer prior to making the decision and then lied about the meeting.

“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s schedule shows he met with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris for about half an hour March 9 during a conference held at a Houston hotel,” the L.A. Times reported. “Twenty days later, Pruitt announced his decision to deny a petition to ban Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide from being sprayed on food even though a review by his agency’s scientists concluded that ingesting even minuscule amounts of the chemical can interfere with the brain development of fetuses and infants.”

The lawsuit comes as the U.S. Congress continues to debate the omnibus Farm Bill, which deals with policy for nutrition, conservation, organic standards, crop insurance and other programs. The current version of the farm bill expires on September 30. The current version of the bill includes a provision which would allow the EPA to approve new pesticides with no assessment of their potential impact on fish and wildlife covered under the Endangered Species Act. This would eliminate the requirement for the EPA to wait for independent research on the toxicity of pesticides in bodies of water, wetlands, and prairies. Due to the symbiotic, incestuous relationship between the federal government and the pesticide/biotech industry, the provision will likely make the cut into the final bill.

The Trump administration’s decision to continue the corporatism of past presidencies provides even more evidence that the new boss is the same as the old boss.

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1, Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2 and Manifesto of the Free Humans.

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6 Comments on "Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration For Abandoning Investigation into Dangerous Pesticides"

  1. Born & raised on beautiful Cape Cod. From 1952-57 the island was sprayed with lead arsenate to kill gypsy moths. Killed birds too. Then they switched to DDT for next 16 years. Then Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring and the EPA was formed. Even back then Monsanto was trying to vilify her. Then I moved to AZ and lived near a cotton field for 15 years. More lead arsenate, malathion,diazonon,glyphosate etc. Then there were my many many amalgam fillings….it is a wonder I can still think and don’t have cancer ..yet. Been detoxing for years and it just keeps coming out according to quantifying tests. My dentist had to have IV chelation from years of exposure to mercury at work. Could not understand why he was also full of lead & arsenic. Turns out he got it from the golf courses; many of which still use it.
    Don’t even get me started on chemtrails….

    • NobodysaysBOO | June 2, 2018 at 10:11 am | Reply

      still want CANCER? OK here is a FOOL proof way.
      Spray roundup weed killer all over your yard with no breathing or skin protections, let your kids and animals play in the residue. in the FALL pile your dry leaves on top of the weed killer spots and light them on fire, breath DEEPLY with NO SKIN or LUNG protection.
      then wait, SMOKE LOT of CIGARETTES, CANCER will come for YOU!

      • Don’t for get to drink lots of fluoridated water ,bathe in the steam with chloramines and take some of the 360+ pharmaceuticals that are now fluorinated for “enhancement”. Go to http://www.slweb.org and click on FTRC link for list to avoid; all of which have safer, cheaper effective alternatives.

  2. NobodysaysBOO | June 2, 2018 at 10:16 am | Reply

    a new study of SICK workers at Monsanto has been purchased and redacted?

    “The very word “secrecy”is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.” — John F. Kennedy

    from WRH today.

  3. I’m sure destroying our food supply is all part of their long range depopulation program.

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