EPA grants NRDC petition to remove neurotoxin from all pet flea collars

NEW YORK – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bans all pet flea collars containing the pesticide tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP), a member of the organophosphate class that damages the developing brain and nervous system of young children, toddlers -pups and fetuses. The agency grants a petition by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) to cancel the Federal Insecticides, Fungicides, and Rodenticides (FIFRA) registrations for the six remaining pet collars containing TCVP.

The decision was made in response to a federal court decision in April 2022 which determined that the EPA’s risk analysis of the toxic pesticide was inaccurate and needed revisions.

Here is a reaction from Miriam Rotkin-EllmanSenior Researcher at NRDC:

“This is a major win for pet owners and their families. TCVP is a toxic chemical that poses significant health risks to children and does not belong in our pets or inside our homes.

“Our thirteen years of work to protect people and their health from this pesticide is not over, however. The EPA has also announced that it may review this decision in the coming months, and we will continue to fight to keep our children safe.

“Other types of exposures to TCVP, including residues on food, also pose concerning health risks, particularly in combination with exposure to pet products. EPA must act quickly to ban other dangerous uses of this toxic pesticide. The health of our families cannot wait any longer.”

Additional Resources:

● EPA to revise “flawed” analysis of toxic chemical TCVP in pet flea collars (April 2022)

● Tetrachlorvinphos case documents (February 2021)

● Flea Collar Chemicals Poison Children and Pets (June 2021)

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NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international non-profit environmental organization with over 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health and the environment. The NRDC has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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