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    Children exposed to pesticides!

    Scientific studies increasingly connect exposure to chemicals with diseases like leukemia and brain tumors. Children are especially vulnerable. Is the Environmental Protection Agency doing enough to protect us, not just from pesticides, but from corporate influence peddling?

    This Wednesday on Beyond Organic, we will focus on two cases involving children:
    1. When at least 16,000 children were poisoned by rat poisoning in 2003;
    2. CHEERS -- an EPA proposal to pay parents to spray pesticides and other chemicals in the rooms occupied by infants under age 3.
    We will find out from Natural Resources Defense Council lawyer Aaron Colangelo how this happened and even more importantly - why it continues to happen.

    We'll talk to Monica Moore fromthe Pesticide Action Network about the so-called 'CHEERS' program — Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study. Due to public outcry, the EPA was forced to put this program temporarily on hold.

    And we will get the perspective on government watch group, PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

    Are CHEERS and the rat poisoning cases merely exceptions, or do they fit into a larger pattern at the EPA and other government agencies?

    Tune is this Wednesday, as host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, looks at the latest attempts to weaken the EPA's protection of children.

    This Week's Guests:

    Aaron Colangelo — Attorney, NRDC

    Aaron Colangelo is an attorney with NRDC public health program, where he focuses on pesticides and safe drinking water litigation and advocacy.

    The NRDC and the West Harlem Environmental Action (WEACT) have filed a suit against the US Environmental Protection Agency claiming that the agency has failed to protect children from exposure to chemical rat poisons.

    Prior to joining NRDC, Aaron worked as a litigation associate at Covington & Burling. He is a graduate of Penn State University and Harvard Law School.

    Monica Moore — Co-Director, Pesticide Action Network

    Monica has worked on pesticide issues for 25 years, including work in Brazil, Malaysia, and co-founding the Pesticide Action Network (PANNA).

    Monica also serves on the Executive Committee of Californians for Pesticide Reform, a coalition of more than 160 organizations which PANNA helped form. As Co-Director, Monica oversees all PANNA programs and represents PAN North America to PAN International.

    PANNA works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, PANNA links local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens' action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to insure the transition to a just and viable society.

    More information:

  • Learn more about Aaron Colangelo's suit against the EPA.
  • Sign Petition to prevent pesticide testing on children

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