Tell the EPA: Ban paraquat, an herbicide linked to Parkinson’s disease
Every 15 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews all herbicides to confirm they comply with federal safety standards. Paraquat, a widely used herbicide in the United States, is currently under review. The use of this herbicide has already been banned in 32 countries and many studies have shown that paraquat exposure increases risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD). (For more information, visit The Michael J. Fox Foundation website.)
On July 24, 2017, the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council (UPAC), a group of state, regional and national PD organizations, sent a letter to the EPA outlining paraquat’s health risks and asking for it to be banned in the United States. Read the UPAC’s letter to the EPA.
Add your voice to this effort by signing the petition below. (Click “read the letter” to see the full petition.) Tell EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to protect Americans and prohibit the use of paraquat.
Paraquat, an herbicide currently under review at the EPA, is extremely dangerous and should be banned from use in the United States. Studies demonstrate that people exposed to paraquat in their teen or young adult years have an increased Parkinson’s risk of 200 to 600 percent. Additionally, the herbicide has been connected to many other health conditions, including various cancers.
Paraquat is currently banned in 32 countries. I ask the EPA to deny the reregistration of this herbicide for use in the United States. Our herbicides should not put people at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and other health conditions. As the EPA administrator, it is your job to protect Americans from harmful chemical exposures.
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