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"Recycled" hazardous wastes in fertilizer

Feb. 25, 2001

Christie Todd Whitman
EPA Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, SW
Washington D.C., 20460

Re: docket # F-2000-RZFP-FFFFF

Dear Ms. Whitman,

We're writing on behalf of our 40,000 member households to urge you to strengthen a proposal regarding "recycled" hazardous wastes in fertilizer.

We commend the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency for proposing initial steps to limit toxic waste in fertilizer, but the draft plan falls short of a common-sense threshold. The plan as drafted does not prevent toxic wastes from being used for agricultural, lawn and garden fertilizers. It only would establish amounts of these toxins that can be added to soil over time and build up. This defies a common-sense threshold that would ban all toxic, hazardous waste from being recycled into any fertilizer. Our shoppers were appalled when news of this practice first came out in a 1997 newspaper exposé.

Our food supply already is contaminated with persistant bioaccumulative toxins including dioxin, mercury, lead and others. These compounds have no place at all in our agricultural systems, in fertilizer, our food chain, or in the environment as a whole. The Washington Department of Ecology and other authorities acknowledge these PBTs are linked to a variety of adverse effects on human health. They're known to effect the nervous and reproductive systems, as well as cause cancer and developmental problems. Children are most vulnerable because their young systems are still developing.

PCC Natural Markets is a consumer-owned retail food business in western Washington. We remind you that the natural and organic food industry has been growing 20-25 percent over the past several years, in part, because consumers are demanding a wholesome, healthful food supply. Consumers do not want our farms, gardens and lawns to serve as a cheap and convenient dumping ground for industrial polluters.

Yours truly,

Randy Lee and Tracy Wolpert, Acting Co-CEOs

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