Court Rebukes EPA, Orders Ban on Pesticide That Harms Kids’ Brains

Posted by on August 11, 2018 in Eco-Friendly, Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments

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By Environmental Working Group | EcoWatch

 

In a scathing opinion, a federal court on Thursday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children.

The ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals nullified the decision last year by then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to cancel the agency’s proposal to ban chlorpyrifos—an insecticide that in small doses can harm children’s brains and nervous systems—from use on food crops.


Pruitt’s reversal of the proposed ban came a few weeks after he met with the CEO of Dow Chemical Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, according to The Associated Press.

In the Ninth Circuit’s opinion, released Thursday morning, District Judge Jed Rakoff blasted the EPA’s actions, stating that there “remains no justification for the EPA’s ‘continued failure to respond to the pressing health concerns presented by chlorpyrifos,’ which has now placed the agency in direct contravention” of federal laws regulating food and pesticides.

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