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Activists Campaign to Block Use of Methyl Iodide in California

12:57 PM MDT | July 19, 2011 | Kara Sissell

Environmental groups have increased pressure on California lawmakers to rescind approval of methyl iodide, an alternative to the fumigant methyl bromide that EPA approved in 2007 but had not been allowed for use in California until earlier this year. First application of methyl iodide in California began last May. Environmental groups say concerns stem from methyl iodide’s potential links to cancer, later-term miscarriages, neurological problems, and other health issues. Industry groups disagree and had worked hard to secure California approval of methyl...


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