Sunday, 22 September, 2019


EPA announces it won't ban chlorpyrifos

EPA announces it won't ban chlorpyrifos EPA announces it won't ban chlorpyrifos
Kristine Garrett | 22 July, 2019, 04:11

The company concluded there's not enough proof of the chemical's risks to justify the ban requested by environmental teams and a group of states. Last August, a three-judge panel of the court ordered EPA to vacate Pruitt's reversal and ordered the agency to proceed with the original ban on chlorpyrifos.

In June 2017, several public interest groups-led by Earthjustice and joined by states including NY and California-filed a lawsuit in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to challenge EPA's move.

"By allowing chlorpyrifos to stay in our fruits and vegetables, Trump's EPA is breaking the law and neglecting the overwhelming scientific evidence that this pesticide harms children's brains", Goldman said.

The EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, this week confirmed what many Americans already know: when the Trump administration weighs the competing interests of corporate profits versus public health, the corporations win, hands down.

President Barack Obama's administration initiated a blanket ban of chlorpyrifos in 2015, but it was repealed by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "It damages the developing brains of children and causes serious health problems in those who have been exposed to it".

The move to ban chlorpyrifos from agricultural use was strongly opposed by the Dow Chemical Co, which has been selling chlorpyrifos products since 1965.

"The Trump EPA's reckless approval...without any public process is a bad blow to imperiled pollinators", said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's environmental health program.

The EPA said it also was talking with chlorpyrifos makers about further restrictions on how farmers use the pesticide. The agency announced it would publish its decision in the Federal Register, asserting that data demonstrating the reported health effects is "not sufficiently valid, complete or reliable".

"The science on chlorpyrifos is clear and unambiguous", says Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), who introduced legislation to ban the pesticide nationwide, in an interview with The New York Times.

California's proposed ban is expected to take six months to two years to take full effect, comes as other states have started taking similar action. Last year, Hawaii became the first state to prohibit its use, and NY and California have followed suit. That was " the promise of DuPont" at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Chlorpyrifos has been used for a half century on a wide array of crops and in virtually every corner of the country.

Beginning in 2000, companies making chlorpyrifos entered into an agreement with the EPA to phase out residential use of the chemical, aside from a handful of exceptions, such as in ant and roach baits sold in child resistant packaging. It flies in the face of decades of strong scientific evidence, and the recommendations of the agency's own scientists.

The agency said the environmental groups had failed to prove that the pesticide wasn't safe.

EPA Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn said on Friday that new industry studies that have not been made public show a low level of harm to bees and other creatures beyond the targeted crop pests.

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