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Dr. Susan Kegley Methyl Iodide testimony Cal. State Assembly

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Uploaded on Dec 8, 2009

Dr. Susan Kegley recieved her Ph.D. in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Postdoctoral in Organometallic Chemistry, Colorado State University and University of California, Berkeley. This is testimony at the California State Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. According to the Panna web site,"Methyl Iodide is so reliably carcinogenic that its used to cause cancer in the lab. Even so, Tokyo-based Arysta LifeScience Corporation proposes methyl iodide be used as a soil fumigant for strawberries and other crops in California and the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered methyl iodide on October 5th, 2007, despite a letter from dozens of distinguished chemists saying that it is astonishing that the EPA is considering broadcast releases of one of the more toxic chemicals used in manufacturing into the environment.
Dr. Kegely mentioned that methyl iodide significantly cause damage to pregnant women, children and the elderly and anyone near methyl Iodide and can cause miscarriages, brain damage, thyroid damage and yet undiscovered problems once it is in the environment, "It can't be brought back."
In a letter from Cornell University, Mr. Stephen Johnson said, "As chemists and physicians familiar with the effects of this chemical, we are concerned that pregnant women and the fetus, children, the elderly, farm workers, and other people living near application sites would be at serious risk if methyl iodide is permitted for use in agriculture". Pesticide Action Network has concluded that, "California's decision will impact the health of its workers, local communities, air and water - while triggering a review of its uses in states across the nation."

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