Saturday, February 22, 2020

Agriculture's Pesticide Advisory Board Meets March 3 To Discuss Proposed Ban On Chlorpyrifos, A Pesticide Harmful To Children

The Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Advisory Board is scheduled to meet on March 3 and on the agenda is a discussion of legislation proposing a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos known to cause harm to human health, in particular children, as well as to wildlife..
Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) announced plans to introduce legislation to ban chlorpyrifos on February 4.  Separate legislation-- House Bill 2091 (Zabel-D-Delaware)-- has been introduced to do the same.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended the banning of chlorpyrifos nearly five years ago, following studies linking the pesticide with various health issues.
EPA found that children who eat produce sprayed with the pesticide can end up ingesting levels of the toxin 140 times what is considered to be safe.  Chlorpyrifos has been linked to brain damage in children.
The Trump Administration’s EPA now does not support a ban.
“Chlorpyrifos is causing significant harm to children, farm workers, and communities all across Pennsylvania and the United States,” said Sen. Santarsiero, who serves as the Minority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. “We know the facts and have seen the results, yet we still choose to ignore the irreparable damage being inflicted upon countless people with the continued use of this pesticide.
“California, the top agricultural state in the country, banned the registration of chlorpyrifos, as did the entire European Union,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “It’s long overdue for Pennsylvania to make the same decision and put the health of our residents first.”
After February 6, 2020, sales of the pesticide ended in California.  Hawaii and New York are phasing in chlorpyrifos bans.
On February 6, Corteva, Inc., a manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, said it would stop making the pesticide by the end of the year.
Also on the agenda for the Committee is EPA applicator training for Paraquat applications.
The meeting will be held in Room 309 of the Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street in Harrisburg starting at 9:30.
For available information, visit Agriculture’s Pesticide webpage.  Questions should be directed to Jessica Lenker by calling 717-772-5217 or send an email to:
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[Posted: February 22, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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