DEBATE ON EPA’S USE OF HUMAN DATA FLARES AGAIN
The longstanding debate over whether human data should be used to assess potential risk from chemical products, and in particular pesticide products, is flaring yet again. On July 26, 2005, the Conference Committee for H.R. 2361, the fiscal 2006 spending bill that includes appropriations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior, and other related agencies, reached agreement on compromise legislation. Section 201 of the compromise measure imposes a moratorium on EPA’s ability to consider human testing for pesticides.