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Human Pesticide Testing Halted ... For Now

Congress has put a stop to a coordinated effort by the White House and the chemical industry to allow widespread testing of toxic pesticides on people. A committee voted to establish a moratorium on conducting or using human pesticide tests, and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set strict standards regulating the practice before further tests can continue.

Among the new standards are requirements that the EPA must issue new rules that prohibit pesticide testing on pregnant women, infants and children. Congress also ordered the EPA to create an independent Human Subjects Review Board to review the studies.

A senior health attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council had this to say, "This vote slams the door on the pesticide industry's freewheeling, unethical and unscientific experimentation using toxic pesticides on people."

Natural Resources Defense Council July 27, 2005

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