“You don’t do those things lightly.” That’s how Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt justifies cancelling a scheduled ban of chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide that harms kids’ brains.
Are you kidding me??? What we shouldn’t take lightly is damage to our kids – but that is EXACTLY what Pruitt is doing.
Here is the good news: We have another chance to get chlorpyrifos off the market for good – despite Pruitt’s decision to protect the pesticide industry rather than children’s health.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced a bill with Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Ben Cardin of Marlyand and Ed Markey of Massachusetts that would override Pruitt’s decision and BAN chlorpyrifos once and for all.
Research has linked chlorpyrifos to nervous system damage, autism, ADHD and lower IQs in young children whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy. According to the EPA, chlorpyrifos is applied to more than 30 percent of apples, grapes and cherries grown in the U.S. While residues of chlorpyrifos are rarely detected on these crops, even trace amounts are harmful for kids.
This is our BEST chance to get this toxic pesticide off the market, and we need to make sure every single senator is listening. Can we count on you to stand with us, Friend?
Scott Pruitt has a history of being cozy with polluters and pesticide lobbyists, and announced his decision on chlorpyrifos just weeks after meeting with Dow Chemical’s CEO, who just a few months prior gave President Trump $1 million to help pay for his inauguration! It’s clear that under Scott Pruitt, we can’t trust the EPA to stand up for our health.
By the EPA’s own calculations, typical exposures to chlorpyrifos for babies are five times greater than their proposed “safe” intake, and 11 to 15 times higher for toddlers and kids. Exposure doesn’t stop in the produce aisle – for farmworkers and those living in agricultural areas chlorpyrifos poses an even greater risk. This bill would ban chlorpyrifos, ending these harmful exposures and protecting future generations.
We need to make sure this bill passes and that fight starts today. Take action right now to stand up for your right to healthy food and a clean environment.
Thanks for standing with us, Friend.
– EWG Action Alert