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EPA to review strawberry fumigant report

August 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing a scientific report that warned a strawberry fumigant scheduled for use in California later this year could be toxic to farm workers and people who live near agricultural fields.The agency's action follows a request by Sen. Feinstein that the EPA reconsider its approval of the compound, methyl iodide, which the agency sanctioned for use in most of the country in 2007.

In April, California regulators opted to put the compound through their own registration process and gave it tentative approval.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Dean Florez (D-Fresno), has introduced a provision into state budget negotiations that would postpone methyl iodide's registration by a year and require further review.