EPA misleads the public on inert ingredients. Public commentary period open.

inertThe appears to be misleading the public, with its announcement that it intends to remove 72 inert from its list of approved .

The removal is a result of complaints lodged by consumer action groups but does not address the request to mandate that manufacturers disclose 371 inert on their pesticides labels.

The definition of an inert ingredient is a substance that is “not active,” or specifically targeted to kill a pest. According to a 2000 report produced by the New York State Attorney General, “The Secret in Pesticides: Reducing the ”, 72 percent of available to consumers contain over 95 percent inert and fewer than 10 percent of list any inert on their labels. The report also found that more than 200 chemicals used as inert are hazardous pollutants in federal environmental statutes governing air and water quality, and, from 1995 list of inert , 394 chemicals were listed as active in other . For example, naphthalene is an inert ingredient in some products and listed as an active ingredient in others.

The inert ingredient may be even more hazardous than the disclosed active ingredient. One of the most hazardous in the commonly used Roundup, POEA, is a surfactant, which is classified as an inert and therefore not listed on the . Researchers have found that POEA can kill , particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.

The EPA has opened a public commentary period on the proposal to remove 72 inert . The docket can be accessed here:



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