09 Aug '18, 4pm

Court Slams EPA Failure To Protect Children And Farmworkers From Toxic Pesticide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must ban a widely used organophosphate pesticide linked to brain damage in children, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. The appellate court ordered EPA to finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos based on undisputed findings that the pesticide is unsafe for public health, and particularly harmful to children and farmworkers. “The Court ended EPA's shameful actions that have exposed children and farmworkers to this poison for decades,” said Earthjustice attorney Marisa Ordonia. “Finally, our fields, fruits, and vegetables will be chlorpyrifos-free.” Chlorpyrifos is a dangerous nerve agent pesticide that can damage the developing brains of children . Prenatal and early life exposure to chlorpyrifos is linked to lower birth weight and neurodevelopmental harms, including reduced IQ, loss of working memory, attention disorder...

Full article: https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/court-slams-epa-...

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