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Aug 10, 2010 1:20 PM by Ariel Wesler

Feinstein urges EPA to reconsider methyl iodide

California Senator Dianne Feinstein is speaking out against the proposed pesticide methyl iodide. She's asking the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its approval of the pesticide, which some say is known to cause cancer. It's a chemical widely used by farmers in other states to kill pests in the soil.

Feinstein said in a letter to the EPA last month that scientific evidence presented during methyl iodide's California registration shows federal regulators may have allowed the compound to be used at dangerous levels.

The EPA approved methyl iodide for use in most of the country in 2007. We'll speak to one of the largest strawberry growers in Santa Maria. Tune into KSBY News at 5 and 6 for more on this story.

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