03/18/2011 08:04 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Head Of CA Pesticide Regulation Leaves Post For Chemical Giant

California's top pesticide regulator is leaving her job to work for Clorox. Mary-Ann Warmerdam, the director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), announced her resignation on Tuesday. Warmerdam's departure was voluntary, but environmental and public health advocates have been pushing for her removal for months. They say she let the chemical industry's influence trump science and the public's health when her agency approved the use of methyl iodide--which causes cancer, nerve damage and miscarriage--for use in strawberry cultivation.

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