Consumers Union has welcomed the EPA's decision to ban the common garden pesticide diazinon. It is used particularly in lawn treatments to kill chinch bugs, grubs and other soil insects.
The government agency, which is reviewing the safety and use of all organophosphates, has said the pesticide industry must stop making brands containing diazinon by March 2003.
The use of existing stocks, in accordance with label instructions, is still considered safe.
The EPA review already has led to the phaseout of another popular pesticide, Dursban, and was initiated by Congress to protect young children from the effects of pesticides.
Charles Benbrook, a consultant to Consumers Union, said there are "a number of effective alternatives for diazinon" and more are in the pipeline.
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