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EPA won't ban pesticide chlorpyrifos; is it safe?

by Eric McClintock | Mar 30, 2017
Article includes comments from Michael Dourson, PhD, professor in the UC Department of Environmental Health. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt denied a petition Wednesday requesting that the agency ban the use of the chlorpyrifos on all United States food crops. Chlorpyrifos, a product of Dow Agrosciences, is an insecticide proved effective against mosquitoes, cockroaches and fire ants, which has been registered for use in the US since 1965.

Article includes comments from Michael Dourson, PhD, professor in the UC Department of Environmental Health.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt denied a petition Wednesday requesting that the agency ban the use of the chlorpyrifos on all United States food crops. Chlorpyrifos, a product of Dow Agrosciences, is an insecticide proved effective against mosquitoes, cockroaches and fire ants, which has been registered for use in the US since 1965.

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