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New York Approves Ban on Chlorpyrifos Pesticide

April 30, 2019, 11:13 PM

New York State would phase out and then entirely ban the use of chlorpyrifos by the end of 2021, according to legislation passed April 30.

The bill (A.2477/S.5343), passed by the state Senate and Assembly as part of a larger environmental package now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) desk for final approval.

Chlorpyrifos has been linked to neurological damage in children and has been banned for home use nationally since 2001. It is one of the most common bug killers and is used on a wide array of crops such as corn, apples, and almonds. ...