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Tighter Controls for Insecticide Chlorpyrifos Proposed by EPA

Dec. 4, 2020, 7:29 PM

The EPA on Friday proposed multiple strategies—including limiting some spraying—to reduce human and wildlife’s exposures to chlorpyrifos, a widely-used insecticide that can harm the nervous system.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to allow farmers to continue using chlorpyrifos despite its potential to harm babies developing brains has drawn criticism from Democrats and some states along with health and environmental groups.

  • The group Earthjustice faulted Friday’s proposed restrictions as failing to protect children.
  • CropLife America President Chris Novak, however, described it as a conservative—meaning health-protective—strategy to examining and managing risks.
  • The EPA’s proposals include revising labels to reduce the possibility of ...

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