ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿Note: I subscribe to the e-letter from Breast Cancer Action. This organization goes after the “big guys” who pollute the environment with toxins. This is my first posting under the topic of Earth Day, which is later this month. I clicked on the pargraph below to sign the letter to the EPA. es
At BCA, we are committed to eliminating environmental toxins that contribute to the breast cancer epidemic.Â Last year, we let you know about methyl iodide, a toxic chemical used to induce cancer cell growth in research laboratories.Â Unfortunately, its reach extends far beyond the lab – methyl iodide is a pesticide commonly applied to crops, including strawberries, in the United States.Â We come into contact with this toxin via the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.
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That’s the bad news. The good news is that we have a unique opportunity to remove this carcinogen from our world. The EPA is currently taking public comments about whether to revoke their approval of methyl iodide, and we need to send them a resounding YES!
Last summer, over 1,000 of you urged the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban methyl iodide. Raising our voices made a difference- as a result of your advocacy, and the advocacy of thousands of other activists, the U.S. EPA decided to reconsider their misguided approval of this cancer-causing toxin.
Breast Cancer Action has always followed the precautionary principle of public health – we should act now with the information we have, instead of waiting until people get sick. In the case of methyl iodide, we cannot wait. Thank you for standing up for our communities and demanding safer environments for everyone.