Assess The Risks of Lindane EPA Docket Control #0PP-34239
We Can't Wait Another 15 Years!
BOSTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
provides an opportunity for public comment on the risks of Lindane once every
15 years. This deadline is October 29, 2001. The National Pediculosis
Association and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Department encourage the
public to contact the EPA on this matter.
Lindane, a bio-accumulative and toxic chemical, is a known health risk to
humans, especially children, and its adverse affects are far reaching from
learning disabilities, to birth defects, to breast cancer, to leukemia, to
seizures, to death. Lindane pollutes 6 million gallons of water with a
single treatment for head lice or scabies. Rinsing into household sinks and
showers puts Lindane through public sewers and into water supplies, which, at
the most basic level, violates regulations for residential hazardous waste
Lindane is toxic and an unnecessary risk to all forms of life and for this
reason has been banned in the state of California. The EPA needs to hear from
the public in order to amend the rules governing their assessment of Lindane
for the rest of the country. The EPA has scientific documentation of the
environmental risks of Lindane when used as a human lice and scabies
treatment. However, due to the separation of power between the EPA and FDA
(Food and Drug Administration), the EPA is not allowed to include this data in
its Lindane Risk Assessment. THIS MUST CHANGE NOW! We cannot afford to wait
another 15 years for government agencies to fully cooperate on this urgent
matter affecting the public health and environment.
We can't remove every potentially harmful chemical exposure in our lives.
Therefore it is vital that we remove those that we can. Lindane must go and
we must remain vigilant not to replace this poison with another.
A prepared sample letter for you to submit directly to the EPA is
available at http://www.headlice.org/ or write to the EPA
including docket number 0PP-34239.
Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB)
Information Resources and Services Division (7502C)
Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP)
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
The National Pediculosis Association is a Non Profit organization serving
the public since 1983 with a mission to protect children from unnecessary
exposure to pesticides used to treat lice and scabies. The NPA along with LA
County Sanitation Department recently received the prestigious 2001 Most
Valuable Pollution Prevention Award for the nation.
SOURCE The National Pediculosis
Web Site: http://www.headlice.org/