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California to Stop Sale of Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

The California Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the sale of the pesticide chlorpyrifos will cease in February 2020 as a result of an agreement between the Department of Pesticide Regulation and pesticide manufacturers. Center for Food Safety West Coast Director Rebecca Spector described the decision as “a huge win for public health and the environment, especially for children who are particularly vulnerable to the harms caused by this toxic pesticide.”

Consumer associations have long contended that chlorpyrifos is a dangerous neurotoxin that causes significant damage to brain development in children. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had proposed to ban chlorpyrifos pesticides under the Obama administration but the Trump administration reversed course, prompting a number of U.S. states to consider restrictions of their own.  Hawaii became the first state to ban chlorpyrifos in 20108 followed by New York in 2019. According to CFS, other bans are currently being considered in Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey.

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