Tell the EPA to Ban Belt
- by: Lynn Hamilton
- recipient: Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
More than 200 types of American crops, including soybeans, oranges, and almonds, gets sprayed with a dangerous chemical called "Belt" which is manufactured overseas by the German Bayer AG Company. But Belt isn't just affecting our food—it could affect our waterways as well. Studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
show that this chemical finds its way into America's waterways, where it kills fish and other wildlife, including birds whose diet includes fish.
The EPA asked Bayer to quit selling Belt on a voluntary basis, but Bayer AG flatly refused.Please join me and ask the EPA to conduct a thorough review of Belt's health risks and create actions to protect farmworkers, wildlife, and consumers.
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The Environmental Protection Agency is well aware of the dangers of Belt, an insecticide used in American agriculture and sold by the German Bayer Company. This dangerous pesticide finds its way into farm runoff and enters streams, rivers and waterways where it pollutes the water and kills wildlife, starting with fish fodder and moving up the food chain.
Unfortunately, Bayer AG refuses to accept your agency's scientific findings and has refused to comply with your request that they discontinue sales of this product to American farmers.
This product is dangerous and I strongly urge EPA to limit the public health impacts of Belt with a thorough review of its risks and concrete actions to protect farm workers, wildlife and consumers.