Dem bill would ban controversial pesticide

The Hill – A group of Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday to ban the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos.

The bill comes in response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt, who in March decided against banning chlorpyrifos on food crops, reversing course from the Obama administration.

Research cited by the Obama administration’s proposal found that the pesticide can cause neurological and brain development problems in children and fetuses, among other health problems.

“The science hasn’t changed since the EPA proposed to ban chlorpyrifos in 2015 and 2016, only the politics have. And we aren’t going to let politics get in the way of children’s health,” Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the bill’s main sponsor, said at a news conference with advocates for farmworkers, who can be exposed to the pesticide at a higher rate than the general public.

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