Federal judges finally just order the EPA to ban a dangerous pesticide

bowl of strawberriesFrom Popular Science, August 13, 2013.

After 11 years of lawsuits, reviews and delays by the Environmental Protection Agency, federal judges last week ordered the agency to ban chlorpyrifos, a widespread agricultural pesticide derived from a class of chemicals first used to develop World War II nerve agents.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that “there was no justification” for the EPA to allow any amount of chlorpyrifos on fruits and vegetables “in the face of scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neurodevelopmental damage to children,” wrote Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York in the decision Thursday.

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