Columns

Regulatory Watch: EPA fires back at activist group

April 15, 2003
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
Agency says comparison of its approach to pesticide tolerance reassessment as “Enron-like accounting” is unfair.

EPA has taken the unusual step of publicly rebuking an environmental activist group for its criticism of the agency. EPA said the Natural Resources Defense Council “disseminated misinformation rather than facts” after EPA announced the reassessment of more than 6,400 allowable pesticide residues on food to ensure that they satisfy the tougher food safety standard contained in the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996.

The environmental group charged EPA falsely claimed to have met the statutory deadline for pesticide tolerance reassessment. EPA responded to the charge, saying it met the Congressionally mandated deadlines in the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 to reassess two-thirds of the existing pesticide tolerances on food to ensure they meet the tougher health standards required by law.

This was accomplished through a multi-year process that included numerous rounds of scientific and public review. The agency took particular exception to NRDC’s characterization of EPA’s approach to tolerance reassessment as involving “Enron like accounting.”

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.

Podcasts

Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

What was your favorite part of FA&M 2014?

View Results Poll Archive

THE MAGAZINE

Food Engineering Magazine

Food engineering magazine 2014 april cover

2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE FOOD ENGINEERING STORE

Food-Authentication-Flyer-(.gif
Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!

 

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit www.foodmaster.com to learn more.

STAY CONNECTED

FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png