Exposure to low levels of the pesticide in early life can lead to increased risk of learning disabilities, including reductions in IQ, developmental delay, and behavioral problems, such as ADHD. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s own scientific analysis showed that the amount of chlorpyrifos ingested by young children through sprayed fruits and vegetables could exceed safety levels by 140 times. Yet, Trump’s EPA refused to follow through on a previously proposed ban of the pesticide.
So we took them to court—and won. The judges agreed that the EPA’s delay was illegal and ordered the agency to finalize its proposed ban on treating produce sold in the U.S. with chlorpyrifos. But the EPA has only doubled down in its refusal, urging the court to hear its case again.
Thankfully, states like California aren’t waiting to protect the health of our children. Even Corteva (formerly part of Dow Chemical), a major producer of chlorpyrifos, announced that it will cease making the pesticide by the end of 2020.
NRDC’s lawyers, scientists, and supporters will continue to keep pressure on the EPA and Congress to stop the use of chlorpyrifos and similarly toxic pesticides nationwide.