[Pharmwaste] 'Suppressed' EU report could have banned pesticides worth billions

Gilliam, Allen GILLIAM at adeq.state.ar.us
Thu Feb 5 13:04:56 EST 2015

Thanks for the sad story Margaret,

Not wishing to offend others' religious beliefs (and I'm no Bible totin or even Sunday Christian), but 1 Timothy 6:10 (New Living Translation [had to look it up]) says, "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows." seems to be applying itself in mother earth's demise in so many facets of our environment.

Absolutely NO offense intended to anyone,

Allen g

From: Shield, Margaret [mailto:Margaret.Shield at kingcounty.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 5:51 PM
To: Gilliam, Allen; DeBiasi, Deborah (DEQ); pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: RE: [Pharmwaste] 'Suppressed' EU report could have banned pesticides worth billions

The Precautionary Principle is a strategy that must then be carried out in policies, laws, regulations.    It's use by the EU has been under attack with renewed vigor.
Here's one perspective on why:

25 August 2014
Chemical Industry using TTIP 'to attack the precautionary principle'
Trade deal presents long-awaited opportunities for fresh assaults on regulation writes Axel Singhofen
health and environment advisor Greens/EFA group
 Republished with the kind permission of Chemical Watch<http://chemicalwatch.com/>.
CW. Global Business Briefing, July/August 2014 / Europe
The last 12 months have seen a surge of attacks against the EU's precautionary principle. Some law firms<http://www.lexxion.de/pdf/ejrr/12-16-12.04.438_ejrr_2013_04.pdf010.pdf> consider it as a potential obstacle to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and UK Conservative MEP Julie Girling <http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303947904579336611208924306?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303947904579336611208924306.html> considers that "the EU's expanding embrace of `precautionary' regulation... may well be the biggest threat" to an agreement being signed off.
Last October, 12 CEOs<http://www.riskforum.eu/uploads/2/5/7/1/25710097/erf_communication_12.pdf> of mainly chemical companies wrote to the presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament, calling for the formal adoption of an "innovation principle" as a counterbalance to "precautionary legislation", because they were concerned that "the necessary balance of precaution and proportion is increasingly being replaced by a simple reliance on the precautionary principle and the avoidance of technological risk.
Some academics even conjure up a "precautionary impasse in Europe", claim an "apparent gap between evidence-based analysis and expert-informed recommendations, and policy decisions that can seem disconnected from both", and conclude there is "a necessity for change in light of the impracticability of a status quo that leads to scattered ill-thought out bans".
Read more at....

Margaret Shield PhD, Policy Liaison
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
desk 206-477-6238     cell 206-265-9732
Local Governments for Health and the Environment - www.lhwmp.org<http://www.lhwmp.org>

From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us> [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Gilliam, Allen
Sent: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 1:05 PM
To: DeBiasi, Deborah (DEQ); pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
Subject: RE: [Pharmwaste] 'Suppressed' EU report could have banned pesticides worth billions

Sounds like something that typically happens with our policy makers on the hill...

Does anyone practice the Precautionary Principal anymore?  And didn't I read the EU was decades ahead of the U.S. in its use?

Allen g

From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us> [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of DeBiasi, Deborah (DEQ)
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 2:05 PM
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Subject: [Pharmwaste] 'Suppressed' EU report could have banned pesticides worth billions


'Suppressed' EU report could have banned pesticides worth billions

Science paper recommended ways of identifying hormone-mimicking chemicals in pesticides linked to foetal abnormalities, genital mutations, infertility and other diseases including cancer

As many as 31 pesticides with a value running into billions of pounds could have been banned because of potential health risks, if a blocked EU paper on hormone-mimicking chemicals had been acted upon, the Guardian has learned.
The science paper, seen by the Guardian, recommends ways of identifying and categorising the endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that scientists link to a rise in foetal abnormalities, genital mutations, infertility, and adverse health effects ranging from cancer to IQ loss.
Commission sources say that the paper was buried by top EU officials under pressure from big chemical firms which use EDCs in toiletries, plastics and cosmetics, despite an annual health cost that studies peg at hundreds of millions of euros<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/02/toiletries-health-impact-could-cost-millions-report-says>.   (Long article - read the rest at the site above)

Deborah L. DeBiasi
Email:   Deborah.DeBiasi at deq.virginia.gov<mailto:Deborah.DeBiasi at deq.virginia.gov>
WEB site address:  www.deq.virginia.gov<http://www.deq.virginia.gov/>
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Water Permits
Industrial Pretreatment/Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Program
PPCPs, EDCs, and Microconstituents
Mail:          P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA  23218
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PH:         804-698-4028      FAX:      804-698-4032

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