EPA Denies Order to Ban Pesticide

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide crucial to U.S. agriculture.

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Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide, acaricide, and miticide used primarily to control foliage and soil-borne insect pests on a variety of crops.

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

“This is a welcome decision grounded in evidence and science,” said Sheryl Kunickis, Director of the Office of Pest Management Policy at the USDA. “It means that this important pest management tool will remain available to growers, helping to ensure an abundant and affordable food supply for this nation and the world. This frees American farmers from significant trade disruptions that could have been caused by an unnecessary, unilateral revocation of chlorpyrifos tolerances in the U.S. It also is great news for consumers, who will continue to have access to a full range of both domestic and imported fruits and vegetables. We thank our colleagues at EPA for their hard work.”

In October 2015, under the previous Administration, EPA proposed to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos, an active ingredient in insecticides. This proposal was issued in response to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Pesticide Action Network North America. The initial proposal largely relied on certain epidemiological study outcomes ― whose application is novel and uncertain ― to reach its conclusions.

The USDA disagrees with the methodology used by the previous Administration. Similarly, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture also objected to EPA’s methodology. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) also expressed concerns with regard to EPA’s previous reliance on certain data the Agency had used to support its proposal to ban the pesticide.

The FIFRA SAP is a federal advisory committee operating in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act and established under the provisions of FIFRA, as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996.  It provides scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues regarding the impact of regulatory decisions on health and the environment.

 

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2 comments on “EPA Denies Order to Ban Pesticide

  1. The Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC exploits our environmental laws to advance their social justice agenda. They sponsored the women’s march where Madonna famously threatened to bomb the white house. Their aim in supporting the “Waters of the United States” clean water rule is to terrorize farmers and ranchers whom they characterize as “European Settlers”, colonists who must be punished.

  2. The NRDC is radical communist Saul Alinksy inspired hate group funded by radical leftists. Their tentacles are everywhere in America. In California they’ve seized control of the water through Jerry Brown’s administration agency the State Water Resources Control Board. A non-elected panel of former NRDC management. Their stated goal is to return California to its pre-gold rush conditions and refuse farmers from using the rivers or their groundwater.

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