Democratic Senators introduce bill that would ban pesticide chlorpyrifos
Democratic Senators Introduce Pesticide Ban Bill
July 31, 2017
Democratic Senators Tom Udall of New Mexico and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have introduced a bill that would ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked with brain damage and learning disabilities in children.
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has refused to take the chemical off the market, despite his agency’s own research that demonstrates its potential health hazards.
Chlorpyrifos is a widely used pesticide that the Obama administration had recommended banning. The EPA had been under a court order to respond to a 2007 petition about the chemical from environmental groups, but Pruitt has stated that the agency will put off the decision for another five years.
Udall’s and Blumenthal’s bill notes the damage that chlorpyrifos can do to children, farmers, farm laborers, and pregnant women. Chlorpyrifos was outlawed for home use in 2000 but is still used on commercial farms. It has been linked with behavior problems, learning disabilities, reduced IQ, memory loss, and delayed motor development, among other health problems.
The bill has broad support from a wide coalition of organizations.
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