> Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 18:44:50 -0400 (EDT)
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> Subject: Enviro-Newsbrief 5/27/98
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> Enviro-Newsbrief May 27, 1998
> The following is a daily update summarizing news of interest
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> ** PESTICIDES **
> How Tough on Pesticides [Editorial]. The Washington Post, May 27,
> 1998, pA16.
> The editors of the Washington Post comment on problems with
> the nation's policy on pesticides. A new report by the
> Environmental Working Group asserts that despite promises from
> the Clinton administration, little progress in this arena has
> been made.
> "Pesticide policy in this country is founded on a
> contradiction," the editors write. "The government says
> simultaneously that pesticide residues are dangerous and the food
> supply is safe. The contradiction has helped produce a 25-year
> string of broken promises. Crackdowns on pesticide use have
> frequently been promised but have never materialized."
> The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 was "an important
> reform," but it is still unclear how the administration will
> ultimately implement the law.
> The editors write, "Now, however, the new law itself is
> facing a test - what to do about a certain set of chemicals - and
> the administration, in the person of Vice President Gore, has
> seemed to wobble a little. He issued a statement not long ago
> suggesting the administration might be prepared to accommodate
> the industry, which wants enforcement to go slow. Aides deny
> that's what he had in mind, and of course we'll see. The report
> is a reminder of the context in which the decision will be made."
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