The Trump administration just punted on how to handle the most toxic pesticides
Original story at Mother Jones• 21 mentions • 5 months ago
Mother Jones 5 months ago
Back in March, the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly reversed its own decision to ban a highly toxic insecticide called chlorpyrifos—an endocrine-disrupting chemical that is strongly suspected of hindering brain development in kids, even at tiny exposure levels. Turns out, the EPA wasn't done running interference for the chemical, a big seller for agrichemical giant Dow Agrosciences. Just days before, at least 12 farmworkers were sickened by a highly toxic pesticide that drifted from a nearby field—and county officials suspect it was chlorpyrifos. On Monday, the agency shelved a proposal, originally scheduled to go into effect on March 6, intended to ...