EPA denies petition to ban pesticide used on crops

The Environmental Protection Agency this week denied a petition to remove chlorpyrifos from the market. "The real issue is how much we contribute to it, and measuring that with precision".

CNN's Van Jones wrote President Trump "may have just signed a death warrant for our planet" in regards to recent executive actions against the EPA.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday his decision not to ban the agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

Even after this SAP forced the EPA to review its findings, the EPA still declared chlorpyrifos to be excessively risky. Maybe "sound science" is Pruitt pseudo-science.

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Seventeen years, ago, the EPA eliminated all home uses of the pesticide, but re-approved its use in agriculture.

The chemical industry also pushed hard against a chlorpyrifos ban. At high levels, it can cause convulsions, nosebleeds, loss of nervous system control, and involuntary shitting and pissing your trousers, according to a fact sheet I found on the University of Kentucky website. "Today's decision reinforces the strength, objectivity and consistency of EPA's pesticide registration and registration-review process". The study was part of a series done on mothers and their babies who were exposed to several chemicals and showed that chlorpyrifos was more unsafe than previously thought.

"Chlorpyrifos is a specific pesticide".

But CNN reports that many chlorpyrifos studies demonstrate correlation, not causation. The effect on other OPs with regard to the application of the FQPA uncertainty factor is unclear, at best.

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All exposure to chlorpyrifos through food exceeds safe levels of the chemical. "In other words, the regulations would be all pain and no gain". When the children were 7, the IQ of those who were exposed to high levels of the pesticide was 1.4 percent lower than kids who hadn't been exposed to chlorpyrifos at all.

"There is a breadth of information available on the potential adverse neurodevelopmental effects in infants and children as a result of prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos", said a risk assessment memo issued in November by nine EPA scientists.

The EPA has taken lots of steps to reduce the amount of chlorpyrifos we come into contact with.

Chlorpyrifos has been banned from consumer products and residential use nationwide for more than 15 years. Since 2000 when indoor uses of chlorpyrifos were banned-due to concerns about impacts to children's health-numerous studies have tied children's exposures to pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables. Additionally, runoff can cause it to get into the water supply.

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