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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extensive scientific evidence showing that chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide, is linked to acute poisoning and to serious harms to people’s brains, including reduced IQ and attention deficit disorders. Just last year the EPA released an updated assessment of the risks linked to chlorpyrifos and concluded that current safety standards aren’t enough to protect public health.

Chlorpyrifos is contaminating our food and water while exposing workers and their children to poisoning, learning disabilities and other needless harm.

The EPA is now accepting public comments on a proposal to ban chlorpyrifos. Comments are due by January 17, and the agency is expected to make a final decision on the ban on March 31. Join us in urging the EPA to keep this toxic chemical out of our food, our drinking water, our schools and yards, and our bodies.

We can’t let chlorpyrifos continue to poison people. Urge the EPA to ban this toxic pesticide now.

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Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals

YOUR MESSAGE

Ban chlorpyrifos now (RE: EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0653-0402)

Dear Environmental Protection Agency:



I urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban all uses of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos immediately. Whenever this chemical is sprayed in the air, it can cause both immediate and long-term health harms to farmworkers, kids and others who are exposed. Every year, chlorpyrifos spraying in agricultural fields poisons farmworkers and other people exposed to pesticide drift in the air. This chemical is also linked to reduced IQ and attention deficit disorders in children. Just last year the EPA released an updated assessment of chlorpyrifos and concluded that current safety standards are not enough to protect public health.

The EPA should take immediate steps to ban this brain-damaging pesticide to:

* Protect children from learning and memory impairments
* Protect communities from poisoning when the pesticides drift off crops and into nearby neighborhoods and schools
* Prevent contamination of our food
* Prevent contamination of our drinking water
* Prevent worker poisonings and harm to their children

Action on this toxic chemical is long overdue. I urge you to ensure that your agency moves quickly to ban chlorpyrifos now.

Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[City, State ZIP]

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