Volume 95 Issue 36 | pp. 27-30
Issue Date: September 11, 2017

Cover Story

U.S. EPA’s chlorpyrifos decision spurs pushback

Top-selling organophosphate insecticide is at the heart of U.S. political, legal fight
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: pesticides, chlorpyrifos, organophosphate, neurotoxic

On a summer evening in 2012, Bonnie Wirtz and her family hurried inside and shut all the windows in their rural Minnesota house when they heard the roar of a plane spraying pesticides on a neighboring farm.

Moments later, the plane flew over their house. “It sounded so close we thought it was going to crash,” Wirtz says. Within seconds, their house began to fill with a white mist coming in around the air-conditioning unit.

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