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Environment

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to ban chlorpyrifos

Legislation aims to prohibit use of neurotoxic chemical on food crops

by Britt E. Erickson
July 28, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 31

Credit: Britt Erickson/C&EN

Environmental activists and farmworkers joined Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in Washington, D.C., on July 25 to drum up support for legislation (S. 1624) that would ban use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops. The organophosphate is neurotoxic and linked to developmental problems in children.

Under the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to ban chlorpyrifos on food, but Trump EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt put off finalizing that decision until 2022.

“Congress must act because Administrator Pruitt has shown that he won’t. There is no question chlorpyrifos needs to come off the market. The science linking chlorpyrifos to brain damage and neurodevelopmental disorders in children is undeniable,” said Udall, who introduced S. 1624.

The bill has support of several Democrats in the Senate. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) introduced a similar measure (H.R. 3380) in the House of Representatives.

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Ruth Lewis (September 13, 2017 1:37 PM)
Thank God someone has some sense and conscience to get this damaging, destructive, dangerous chemical off the market. Pruitt is a disaster and cannot be relied on to protect our health, particularly children, with his industry-based, unscientific decisions. He has cozied up to these chemical-and fossil fuel-industries for decades and has no interest in protecting the health of Americans from some of their disastrous policies and products. PLEASE pass this legislation to ban chlorpyrifos, a chemical linked to brain damage and neurodevelopmental problems in children. How horrifying that this chemical has not already been banned.

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