31 Mar '17, 6pm

EPA Denies Petition to Ban Widely Used Pesticide

In a move that the agency says will ensure farmers have access to a “crucial” pesticide for US agriculture, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has signed an order denying a petition that sough to ban chlorpyrifos. “We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment,” Pruitt said in a statement. “By reversing the previous administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making — rather than predetermined results.” In October 2015 the Obama administration proposed to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos, an active ingredient in insecticides. This proposal was issued in response to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Pesticide Action Network North Americ...

Full article: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/03/epa-denies-pe...

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