Biden’s administration publicizes a ban on pesticides related to baby well being issues, overturning the Trump-era determination to permit pesticide use

“Today the EPA is taking an overdue move to protect public health. Ending the use of chlorpyrifos in food will help protect children, farm workers and all people from the potentially dangerous effects of this pesticide,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan in a opinion.

“After the delays and denials of the previous administration, EPA will follow science and put health and safety first,” he added.

The statement said the agency will lift all “tolerances” for chlorpyrifos, which is and is also “not used in food” in crops such as soybeans, broccoli, cauliflower, and fruit and nut trees. The chemical has been “linked to 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 concluding that there was insufficient evidence of the chemical’s dangers to approve the ban called for by environmental groups and a group of states justify.

The agency banned chlorpyrifos for household use in 2000, but allowed agricultural producers to continue using it. The product has been approved in the US since 1965 and has proven itself against mosquitoes, cockroaches and fire ants.

The US is joining several other countries and states that have restricted the use of the pesticide, including Canada, New York, California and Hawaii, the EPA found.

In 2017, then EPO Administrator Scott Pruitt turned down a 2007 petition asking the agency to ban the use of chlorpyrifos in the United States.

The petitioners, some scientists and environmental groups alleged that chlorpyrifos could damage the developing brain and nervous system of children. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Agency, exposure to chlorpyrifos can cause a range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, seizures, and paralysis.

This story was updated with additional details on Wednesday.

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