Some 15 years after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned chlorpyrifos from residential use, the agency announced that it may ban the neurotoxic pesticide from use in agricultural fields as well. The announcement on July 1st came after a recent court of appeals decision directing the agency to act on a 2007 petition to ban the chemical.
Environmental health and farmworker advocates who brought the legal case are calling the announcement an important step in the right direction, and potentially more far-reaching, if the agency fully commits to a ban next year.
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