Endosulfan is a deadly chemical that is highly toxic to polar bears, amphibians and humans. The Environmental Protection Agency approved its ban in June. But now the agency wants to allow endosulfan to remain on the market for another six years. Without a doubt, this chemical threatens Endangered Species.
Do not use this deadly chemical an additional 6 years. BAN IT NOW.
The Environmental Justice Foundation has campaigned over the last 4 years to ban endosulfan and has pressed for the global eradication of endosulfan, one of the worlds deadliest pesticides. European Union has now taken the bold and progressive step of proposing endosulfan as a chemical to be listed under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Endosulfan, like DDT, is an organochlorine and persists in the environment long after it has killed the target pests, leaving a deadly legacy for people and wildlife. EPA has documented that endosulfan can travel thousands of miles from the areas where it is used and that it is one of the most abundant organochlorine pesticides found in the Arctic.
Polar bears, for example, are particularly at risk. Endosulfan is a highly persistent pollutant that accumulates in polar regions and collects in the fats of seals and other polar bear prey.
We ask Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Acency to ban endolsulfan use immediately, and the international community should recognize the lethal long-term effects of this chemical by ensuring that it is included in the list of chemicals targeted for global elimination under the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants. Do not use this deadly chemical an additional 6 years. BAN IT NOW.
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