Monday, August 14, 2006
Interesting piece from the Scientific American blog:
Dichlorvos, or DDVP, is a household pesticide related to World War II-era nerve agents. In May the Environmental Protection Agency proposed its continued sale, despite considerable evidence suggesting it is carcinogenic and harmful to the brain and nervous system, especially in children. On several occasions, the agency has come close to banning the pesticide--used in no-pest strips as well as in agriculture--but has always backed away. Environmentalists and labor unions charge that the latest decision was the product of backroom deals with industry and political interference--just as they did 25 years ago, when the EPA first considered a ban on DDVP and other similar pesticides.