by Devan Cole and Liz Stark | CNN
A widely used pesticide that can cause potential health problems in children will no longer be used on food in the US, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday, overturning a Trump-era decision not to ban the controversial chemical. reversed.
“Today the EPA is taking an overdue step to protect public health. Ending the use of chlorpyrifos on food will help keep children, farmworkers, and all people safe from the potentially dangerous consequences of this pesticide,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement.
“After prior administration delays and denials, the EPA will follow the science and put health and safety first,” he said.
The statement said the agency will revoke all “tolerances” for chlorpyrifos, which is used on crops including soybeans, broccoli, cauliflower, and fruit and nut trees, and that it also has “non-food uses.” . The chemical “has been associated with potential neurological effects in children”, the statement said.
Under then-President Donald Trump, the EPA announced in 2019 that it would not ban the pesticide because it concluded that there was not enough evidence of chemical hazards to justify a ban requested by environmental groups and states.
The agency banned chlorpyrifos for domestic use in 2000, but allowed agricultural producers to continue using it.