EPA Rejects Ban on Dow Pesticide Used on Crops

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The EPA has denied a petition to ban nearly all uses of a controversial pesticide known as chlorpyrifos, a crop protection tool for fruits and vegetables, reports Bloomberg BNA reporter Tiffany Stecker.

The decision reverses course for the EPA to restrict the insecticide and rolls back an initiative from the Obama administration to lower pesticide exposure, Tiffany writes.

“We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment,” EPA Administrator ScottPruitt said Wednesday in a statement.

“By reversing the previous Administration's steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making—rather than predetermined results.”

The insecticide was developed by Dow AgroSciences and first registered by the EPA in 1965. 

Read more in Tiffany’s story EPA Won't Ban Controversial Dow Pesticide.