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New Report on the Risks of Lawn-Care Pesticides
(Beyond Pesticides, June 24, 2003) Lawn-care pesticides pose threats to human health and the environment, according to a new ground-breaking, 100-page, year-long research study report to be released this morning by the Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI), a non-profit research organization composed of doctors, public health professionals, and policy experts.

The report includes findings of major problems, including inadequate packaging and labeling of lawn-care pesticides. These toxic products are found in broken and leaking bags in many stores. The report details EHHI's investigation into how lawn-care pesticides are inadequately packaged and labeled, along with the scientific basis for worries about these chemicals' potential to cause cancer, disrupt the hormonal system and harm fetuses, among other adverse health effects.

How has the pesticide industry kept the public in the dark about the serious health risks associated with lawn-care pesticides? Why are there no laws governing where lawn-care pesticides can be sold? These products are currently being sold in many stores next to food products or piled up next to check-out counters, despite the fact that pesticides pose special hazards for pregnant women. Some of these products are potentially carcinogenic, others are neurotoxic and some are capable of harming fetuses, according to EHHI's research.

The report will be released at a press conference this morning. Those presenting the findings of the report and recommendations for policy changes will be:

John Wargo, Ph.D., professor of Policy and Risk Analysis at Yale University and board member of EHHI.

D. Barry Boyd, M.D., an oncologist at Greenwich Hospital and an affiliate member of the Yale Cancer Center. Among his research areas is environmental risk factors for cancer. He is a board member of EHHI.

Susan Addiss, MPH, MUrS, past commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Public Health and board member of EHHI.

Nancy Alderman, MES, president of Environment and Human Health, Inc.

For more information see http://www.ehhi.org or contact Jane Bradley at 860-232-7788.