The NPA's efforts to eliminate lindane get a
NPA Press Release
The National Pediculosis Association (NPA)
and Los Angeles County Sanitation District's (LACSD)
efforts to eliminate lindane got a huge boost from an impressive list of other
organizations during the time for public comment on the EPA's
Preliminary Risk Assessment for Lindane.
first used as a smoke bomb during WWI,
is an endocrine disrupting, bio-accumulative and toxic chemical. It is a
known health risk to humans, especially children, with potential adverse effects
ranging from learning disabilities, to birth defects, to breast cancer, to
leukemia, to seizures, to death. Lindane is an unnecessary risk to all
forms of life and for this reason has been banned
in pharmaceutical products the state of California. The goal is not
just to eliminate lindane, but also to ensure it is not replaced with yet
Advising the EPA in their risk assessment, The
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Senior Scientist Gina M. Solomon, M.D.,
M.P.H., submitted comments on behalf of NRDC,
Commonweal, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Northwest Coalition for
Alternatives to Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
& San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington Toxics Coalition. Their joint
statement strongly advises the EPA to correct the major flaws in their lindane
risk assessment. Dr. Solomon summarizes, "On reviewing the literature
on lindane's persistence, bioaccumulation in the environment and in human
tissues, and toxicity, we do not believe that this chemical can safely be
registered for use in the United States."
Also participating in this effort were The Alaska
Community Actions on Toxics, Breast Cancer Action, Environmental Health
Coalition, KidSource, Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, The
Sierra Club, Tri-TAC, and the World Wildlife Fund.
The NPA and LACSD received the most prestigious
pollution prevention award in the country for 2001. Senator Diane
Feinstein commended the NPA and LACSD stating,
"Your commitment to reducing lindane at the source represents a unique and
innovative approach to protecting the environment. Lindane is a persistent
bio-accumulative and toxic chemical that is dangerous to the environment,
harmful to human health and threatening to the food chain. I was appalled to
learn that lindane is still used to treat head lice."
The links below will take
you to some examples of these letters.