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Methyl Iodide Manufacturer to End Sales of Controversial Pesticide

November 21, 2012 | 12:59 pm

Methyl Iodide Manufacturer to End Sales of Controversial Pesticide

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – The maker of the controversial pesticide methyl iodide, used primarily to fumigate strawberries, has agreed to remove all of its products from the U.S. market and end sales permanently. The U.S. EPA announced Wednesday that Arysta had requested voluntarily cancellation of all of the company’s product registrations, which means that the […]

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Arysta, About to Lose Methyl Iodide Lawsuit, Wants Case Dismissed

March 23, 2012 | 9:32 am

Arysta, About to Lose Methyl Iodide Lawsuit, Wants Case Dismissed

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When Arysta LifeScience abruptly pulled methyl iodide off the U.S. market this week, it cited the “economic viability” of the controversial fumigant, which is used to sterilize soil before crops are planted. But at a hearing in an Oakland courtroom Wednesday, a possible additional factor in the company’s decision emerged, as the judge revealed the company […]

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Judge Puts Onus on State to Prove It Considered Methyl Iodide Alternatives

January 12, 2012 | 5:05 pm

Judge Puts Onus on State to Prove It Considered Methyl Iodide Alternatives

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The lawsuit over California’s approval of a controversial pesticide may hinge on a seemingly straightforward question: Did regulators ever ask themselves what would happen if they didn’t approve methyl iodide? In an Oakland courtroom today, Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch presided over a one-day trial about the pesticide, a fumigant approved by state regulators […]

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Methyl Iodide Opponents Say Approval “Classic Case” of Officials Bowing to Industry; DPR Says “Extensive Evaluation Done”

October 14, 2011 | 8:24 am

Methyl Iodide Opponents Say Approval “Classic Case” of Officials Bowing to Industry; DPR Says “Extensive Evaluation Done”

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This week attorneys for environmental and farm worker groups filed their opening brief in the lawsuit over California’s controversial approval of the pesticide methyl iodide, which is primarily used on strawberries. When the state approved methyl iodide, it set exposure levels for farm workers 120 times higher than the state’s staff scientists believed to be […]

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Documents Show Deep Rift Over Methyl Iodide Approval, Director’s Concern Over Manufacturer’s Reaction

August 26, 2011 | 12:18 pm

Documents Show Deep Rift Over Methyl Iodide Approval, Director’s Concern Over Manufacturer’s Reaction

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Late last year, just before Governor Schwarzenegger left office, his administration approved a controversial strawberry pesticide called methyl iodide. Environmental groups quickly sued to have the decision overturned. A key question posed by the plaintiffs was this: Why was the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) allowing farmworkers to be exposed to methyl iodide at […]

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Interview: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Japan Radiation, Methyl Iodide, and Nuclear Power

March 24, 2011 | 10:28 am

Interview: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Japan Radiation, Methyl Iodide, and Nuclear Power

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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson toured a couple of Fresno County farms yesterday, and Sasha Khokha, KQED’s Central Valley Bureau Chief, caught up with her in a grape vineyard, asking her questions on Californians’ fear of Japanese radiation, the EPA’s review of methyl iodide, and the viability of expanded nuclear power plants. On the radiation issue, […]

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Methyl Iodide Update: EPA Opens Up Public Comment Period

March 23, 2011 | 12:26 pm

Methyl Iodide Update: EPA Opens Up Public Comment Period

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Over the past couple of weeks. there have been some new developments in the controversy over methyl iodide, a fumigant used mostly in the harvesting of strawberries. Farmers say methyl iodide is critical to the state’s $2 billion strawberry industry, and California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation approved it last year. The process, however, exposed a […]

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March 1, 2011 | 3:16 pm

Methyl Iodide Mystery: Where Did the State Get Its Higher Safe-Level Number From?

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Last week, Jon Brooks wrote a post about the latest chapter in California’s approval of a controversial strawberry fumigant, called methyl iodide. Soon after, we received an email from a representative of Arysta Lifescience, the company that manufactures methyl iodide for agricultural use, asserting that we had only presented one side of the story, and […]

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State Hears Testimony on Controversial Methyl Iodide Approval

February 22, 2011 | 1:41 pm

State Hears Testimony on Controversial Methyl Iodide Approval

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Update Wed Feb 23: KQED’s Central Valley bureau chief Sasha Khokha attended yesterday’s assembly hearing on the approval of methyl iodide, a controversial strawberry pesticide that was approved by the state at far greater levels than an independent panel of scientists said were safe. Here’s the report: Feb 22 post: The State Assembly is now […]

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