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Search and rescue operations were temporarily halted on June 27following the discovery of the toxic cargo. Fishing was banned within a 5-kilometer radius from the wreck. The chemical was owned by Del MontePhilippines for its pineapple plantation in Cagayan de Oro City and is used toprevent the pink discoloration in pineapples caused by mites.Members of vario
us citizens’ groups
expressed outrage over the toxicshipment. They demanded the total ban on endosulfan in the Philippines,stressing that its continued use is like
a ticking “toxic time bomb."
“To reduce the unacceptable threat of endosulfan to
human health, wildlifeand the environment, we ask the government to ban endosulfan and revoke all
exemptions without delay,” Dr. Romy Quijano of the Pesticide Action Network
-Philippines (PAN) and the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) said.PAN and IPEN, along with other groups, have been campaigning for a global banon endosulfan for a long time.FPA officials said endosulfan is now used only in pineapple plantations inMindanao to kill insects, adding that it is not harmful as long as it is appliedproperly.
“The point is 20 countries all over the world also use endosulfan and it’s
being used with strict guidelines and here in this country, we
don’t allow the
farmers to use it. You have to be an accredited corporate institutional account (to
use it),” Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap
said.On October 5, retrieval of all 402 barrels of endosulfan was successfullycompleted (Fig. 2). There was no apparent leakage into the waters.
Fig. 2. Drums containing endosulfan recovered from sunken ferry MV Princess of the Stars
Source: Salvors to finish endosulfan retrieval in 4 to 5 days. (2008, October 3).