Court Orders E.P.A. to Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems
[Read the court’s order here.]
Environmentalists as well as public health advocates celebrated the ruling, which came in response to a lawsuit they filed last year after Mr. Pruitt rejected the ban, a decade after they had first filed a petition with the agency calling for chlorpyrifos to be removed through the market. The court had earlier set a March 2017 deadline for the agency to act, however the idea had not previously ordered any specific outcome by the agency, a move the idea has today taken.
The pesticide had previously been banned through most commercial uses in households as an insecticide, however was still legally used to combat insects on farms.
“Finally, decades of poisonous exposures as well as harm to children as well as farmworkers will end,” said Marisa Ordonia, a lawyer at Earthjustice, an environmental group that will handled the legal work on the lawsuit. “E.P.A.’s shameful history of putting industry cronies before the people they are supposed to protect will be over.”
Erik Nicholson, the national vice president of United Farm Workers of America, said the court order could mean better protection for farmworkers through California to Florida.
“The E.P.A. has put the women as well as men who harvest the food we eat every day in harm’s way too long by allowing the continued use of This particular dangerous neurotoxin,” Mr. Nicholson said in a statement. “We commend the court for doing what E.P.A. should have done years ago. The people who feed us deserve a safe as well as healthy workplace.”
DowDuPont as well as CropLife, the pesticide industry’s leading trade organization, have both disputed that will chlorpyrifos, if used properly, poses any health threat to farmworkers, their families or consumers eating fruits as well as vegetables onto which the idea will be sprayed.
“Chlorpyrifos will be a critical pest management tool used by growers around the entire world to manage a large number of pests, as well as regulatory bodies in 79 countries have looked at the science, carefully evaluated the product as well as its significant benefits, as well as continued to approve its use,” Gregg Schmidt, a spokesman for DowDuPont, said in a statement on Thursday. “We expect that will all appellate options to challenge the majority’s decision will be considered. We will continue to support the growers who need This particular important product.”