Federal agency refuses to ban pesticide used on crops

EPA reverses course on safety of pesticide used on crops

Federal agency refuses to ban pesticide used on crops

"By reversing the previous Administration's steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making - rather than predetermined results", he added. "Under President Trump and Scott Pruitt, the EPA is fast becoming an agency in the business of safeguarding the profits of pesticide companies and the rest of the chemical industry, not human health". Studies indicate that in places where chlorpyrifos is used, especially the agricultural regions of California, children display higher rates of chlorpyrifos in their systems than the EPA considers safe-and these aren't children working in the fields; these are just kids who live in California's Central Valley.

EPA inspected Grow Depot's supply store in 2015 and alleged that it sold unregistered pesticides by repackaging the pesticides for sale to consumers in containers without labels.

The EPA said then that its analysis did not suggest risks from residual exposure to chlorpyrifos in food.

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dismissing a petition related to the crop protection tool chlorpyrifos.


The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition from environmental groups that sought to ban a pesticide widely used in Northwest fruit orchards, a decision that reversed an Obama administration proposal to end its use. If nothing had changed legally, the EPA would no longer have allowed incredibly small trace amounts of chlorpyrifos in food, effectively banning the pesticide in the U.S. "Democrats, environmentalists and health advocates say the HONEST Act is meant to handcuff the EPA", The Hill reported. But forget science. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt decided the EPA won't ban the insecticide after all.

The Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act, or HONEST Act, will force the EPA to use data that is publicly available when crafting regulations, potentially leaving out medical findings that are kept hidden from the public to protect patient privacy. The New York Times reported that the agency employees recommended that it be banned in late 2016. "The petition was filed in September 2007 by the Pesticide Action Network North America (P ANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)".

A former high-level official at the EPA Jim Jones said that Pruitt is ignoring "solid science."

Patti Goldman, from the environmental group Earth Justice, calls the decision "unconscionable", and says that her group will fight it in court. After more research and some debate from an expert scientific review panel of academic scientists, EPA scientists concluded that chlorpyrifos was causing significant health risks, particularly to farmworkers and children, and should be banned.

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