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In March, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt refused to ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural pesticide that has been linked to reduced IQ and attention deficit disorder in children.
But now, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) along with other seven senators introduced S.1624, the “Protect Children, Farmers & Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act,” a bill that would ban chlorpyrifos.
Tell your elected officials to support S.1624 and ban this nerve agent pesticide once and for all.
Based on multiple scientific studies, the EPA determined that even very low levels of exposure to chlorpyrifos—a pesticide used on staple foods like corn, wheat, apples and citrus—can cause irreparable harm and damage children’s developing brains.
But Pruitt refuses to ban this dangerous chemical from our food, a decision that neglects the agency’s own science and puts millions at risk.
In addition to Udall, senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are co-sponsoring the bill.
Urge more senators to protect the health of our children and workers and ban chlorpyrifos.
Chlorpyrifos contaminates our food and water. Agricultural workers and families in rural communities are at the front lines of exposure to this neurotoxic chemical. Exposing children to chlorpyrifos results in reduced IQ, loss of working memory and attention deficit disorders. Workers poisoned by chlorpyrifos experience vomiting, muscle cramps and twitching, tremors and weakness.
This neurotoxic pesticide was banned for residential use 17 years ago, so why would the EPA continue to allow it to be used on farms, where it can poison everything it touches?
Earthjustice will hold the EPA accountable. We’re back in court asking for an order directing the EPA to put a full ban in place. Join us in urging the government to keep this toxic pesticide out of our food, our water, our schools and yards, and our bodies.
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