EPA allows continued use of pesticide linked to developmental issues in children

EPA allows continued use of pesticide linked to developmental issues in children

EPA allows continued use of pesticide linked to developmental issues in children

The company banned chlorpyrifos for family uses in 2000, however, allowed agricultural producers to proceed to utilize it.

WASHINGTON-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical-industry studies that the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife.

In April, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the EPA must decide by mid-July whether to reverse the Trump administration's overturn of a scheduled ban on chlorpyrifos.

Environmental health experts say there's evidence that exposure to even low levels of chlorpyrifos through conventional produce can lead to developmental and cognitive problems in infants and children and that they haven't found a safe level for children or pregnant women. He said his operation uses chlorpyrifos on rare occasions, like during an outbreak of the vine mealybug on grape crops. " EPA concluded that, despite several years of study, the science addressing neurodevelopmental effects remains unresolved and that further evaluation of the science during the remaining time for completion of registration review was warranted regarding whether the potential exists for adverse neurodevelopmental effects to occur from current human exposures to chlorpyrifos".

The Trump administration's decision to keep the pesticide on the market comes as some major states - including California and NY - have taken steps to ban chlorpyrifos outright.

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The EPA began the process to ban chlorpyrifos in 2015, but the effort was stopped by the Trump administration. The decision was in response to a petition from environmental and public health groups.

Honeybees pollinate billions of dollars of food crops annually in the United States, but agriculture and other land uses that cut into their supply of pollen, as well as pesticides, parasites and other threats, have them on a sharp decline. According to the agency, the data presented against it was not valid, reliable, or complete to show that it is not safe. As for the EPA, it says it will continue to review chlorpyrifos and will once again make a decision in 2022. Meanwhile, some states are taking matters into their own hands by banning the insecticide locally. That was " the promise of DuPont" at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Oregon, Connecticut and New Jersey also are considering measures to take chlorpyrifos off the market. It's used on plants like sugar beets, wheat and corn.

The EPA defense Thursday showed that 'as long as the Trump administration is in charge, this EPA will favor the interests of the chemical lobby over children's safety, ' said Ken Cook, head of the Environmental Working Group environmental advocacy organization. Two years later, the EPA put in place additional label changes aimed at protecting agricultural workers, as well as fish, wildlife and water sources near where it is sprayed.

"Today's decision is shameful".

"This decision stands in the face of clear scientific evidence of the damaging effects of the pesticide, especially on the developing brains of young children. This administration is putting children, workers and rural families across the country at continued risk for no good reason, and we will continue to press for a full federal ban of this unsafe chemical", Kristin Schafer, executive director of the advocacy group Pesticide Action Network, said in an email.

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