“Today EPA is taking an overdue step to protect public health. Ending the use of chlorpyrifos on food will help to ensure children, farmworkers, and all people are protected from the potentially dangerous consequences of this pesticide,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement.
“After the delays and denials of the prior administration, EPA will follow the science and put health and safety first,” he added.
The statement said the agency would revoke all “tolerances” for chlorpyrifos, which is used on crops including soybeans, broccoli, cauliflower, and fruit and nut trees and also has “non-food uses.” The chemical has “been associated with potential neurological effects in children,” the statement said.
Under then-President Donald Trump, the EPA announced in 2019 that it would not ban the pesticide after it concluded there is not sufficient evidence of the chemical’s dangers to justify the ban requested by environmental groups and a group of states.
The agency had banned chlorpyrifos for household uses in 2000, but allowed agricultural producers to continue using it.
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