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Sulfuryl Fluoride petition granted

January 2011

On January 10, 2011, EPA granted a petition filed by EWG, Beyond Pesticides, and Fluoride Action Network to end of the use of sulfuryl fluoride, an insecticide and food fumigant. This act marked the first time EPA has granted all objections to a petition under the  “reasonable certainty of no harm” standard of the Food Quality and Protection Act. Our petition prompted the January 7, 2011 decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce its recommended maximum level of fluoride in tap water from 1.2 to 07 parts per million, a 42 percent decrease. 

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