Washington - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed 10-year re-evaluation of pesticides. At the same time it was announced that lindane will be banned for good, but the carbofurans, which are dangerous for the bird world, are also to disappear. The industry finds the ratings acceptable. For consumer advocates, but also EPA employees, they don't go far enough. The rating was required by law called the Food Quality Protection Act in 1996. On the cut-off date, the authority managed to organize the confusing variety of products and to rate 1,100 out of 1,105 pesticides. These products contain 237 different active ingredients, the benefits of which for agriculture are undisputed, and whose risks for the animal world, but also for human health, are disputed. Recently, the use of pesticides has been linked to Parkinson's disease and consumer advocates have long warned of the potential health risks. However, from the EPA's point of view, these only exist in very few cases. After all, long overdue ban on lindane from the perspective of the Pesticide Action Network was announced these days. However, the insecticide will continue to be available in shampoos or lotions for the medicinal treatment of lice and itch mites as these products come under the jurisdiction of the FDA. The far-reaching ban on carbofurans was welcomed by animal rights activists. The American Bird Conservancy believes the decision will save the lives of tens of thousands of wild birds. CropLife America, the association of pesticide manufacturers, can live with the decision, as only the substances approved in 1996 were evaluated. In the meantime, however, 248 new active substances have been added. Their approval is subject to the requirements of the EPA. Given these numbers, it can no longer be said that regulation by the EPA is hindering research and development in this area. The industry has turned away from the previously preferred but controversial organophosphates because of their neurological risks. Of the 49 applications for organophosphates, 17 were voluntarily withdrawn and the remaining 32 organophosphates were practically eliminated from household use, according to an EPA communication. Nevertheless, many EPA employees would like stricter regulations. In letter to their superiors leaked to the New York Times, the scientists criticize the agency's management too often giving in to political pressure from interest groups and ignoring scientific findings. These would indicate threats to the health of fetuses, pregnant women, younger children and the elderly from ingestion or direct exposure. The active ingredients chlorpyrifos, methylparathion and diazinon are particularly controversial. The EPA management, on the other hand, boasts in press release that the new assessment has made pesticides as safe in no other country in the world as in the USA.