−− Chlorpyrifos, linked to intellectual disabilities in children, will be phased out 2021
May. 3, 2019
Dozens of studies show that exposure to chlorpyrifos is associated with lower birth weight, reduced IQ, attention disorders, and delayed motor development in infants and children. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded in 2016 that all uses of chlorpyrifos are unsafe, but Trump’s EPA refuses to ban the pesticide despite the science. Chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate that comes from the same chemical family as sarin nerve gas, is used on foods like apples, citrus, broccoli, corn, and more.
The following statement is from Tyler Smith, Earthjustice staff scientist:
“Today, the New York Legislature decided not to wait on Donald Trump to protect children from a brain-damaging pesticide. We thank Assemblyman Englebright and Senator Kaminsky for their essential leadership.”
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