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Web Date: March 30, 2017

EPA denies petition to ban chlorpyrifos

Trump Administration reverses proposal to revoke all food tolerances for the insecticide
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: pesticides, chlorpyrifos, EPA
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Chlorpyrifos is sprayed on numerous crops, including cauliflower.
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small heads of cauliflower with large broad leaves
 
Chlorpyrifos is sprayed on numerous crops, including cauliflower.
Credit: phana sitti/Shutterstock

The Trump EPA has denied a petition from environmental groups to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Under the Obama Administration, EPA proposed twice to revoke all food tolerances for the organophosphate insecticide. EPA previously said that exposure to chlorpyrifos from food and drinking water poses a human health risk, citing neurotoxicity concerns. Dow AgroSciences, which makes the pesticide, and farmers have been pushing hard to keep chlorpyrifos on the market. They claim that chlorpyrifos is safely used on dozens of crops in the U.S. and that there are no alternatives for many pests. The Trump Administration sided with pesticide and farm groups and reversed EPA’s earlier decision. Responding to the petition from environmental groups, EPA says that “the science addressing neurodevelopmental effects remains unresolved,” and further evaluation is warranted. EPA plans to continue evaluating the risks of chlorpyrifos over the next five years. The agency must complete its review of all chlorpyrifos uses by Oct. 1, 2022, as part of its routine review of pesticides. Groups that filed the petition are outraged by EPA’s about-face move. “EPA’s refusal to ban this dangerous pesticide is unconscionable,” says Patti Goldman, an attorney for one of the groups, Earthjustice. “EPA is defying its legal obligation to protect children from unsafe pesticides,” she says. The groups plan to go back to court to challenge EPA’s decision.

 
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Comments
Scott  (Wed Apr 05 19:16:56 EDT 2017)
Then it should be noted that this chemical was banned for household use in 2001 after much study, you can look it up. Part of the study found that in NYC 100% of the women cased showed signs of the toxin in their lungs and 70% of children born from women exposed had developmental issues as compared to those without. They furthered that study since 2001 to Discern complications using it as a pescticide due to absorption in either water supply, breathable air, on the agricultural its used on etc. they found it to be dangerous. This is not unlike GM passing unsafe automobiles, or big tabacco saying cigarettes are not dangerous. I'm no hippie but I'm no dumber either. It's about their money and certainly not ours nor our health. 16 years of study that has been fought against by those in power.
Lianne Griffin (Mon Apr 10 02:42:20 EDT 2017)
Very disappointed in the Trump administration for NOT doing what is best for children, people in general! We all know these pesticides are TOXINS!!
Terry Toussaint (Wed Apr 12 12:13:12 EDT 2017)
There is so much concern about children afar, i.e. Syria. What about the children here at home. Where are the compassionate legislators in regards to the exposure of harmful chemicals to OUR kids??
AgAciGuy (Fri Apr 21 09:30:32 EDT 2017)
It's nice to see an intelligent decision from the EPA. As usual, environmentalist only mention toxicity but not dose. How are people going to be exposed?
sergio contreras (Wed Apr 26 21:49:23 EDT 2017)
Chlorpyrifos is one of the most dangerous pesticide just because of the lower dose and high frecuence of use in agriculture to control crop pests, I mean that EPA doesnt consider the long period of persistence in food chains.

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