The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a report, based on a two-year investigation, which alleges that the EPA used an regulatory loophole to approve as many as 16,000 untested pesticides, a process the group says could endanger public health. Jennifer Sass, co-author of the NRDC report, says,
"The American public may think all pesticides receive rigorous health and safety testing before they hit the shelves for sale. But our investigation shows their trust is misplaced. The EPA has casually approved more than 10,000 pesticides for use in consumer products and in agriculture through this loophole. They’ve done so without transparency or public comment, and, in some cases, without toxicity tests to determine safety guidelines for public use."