After decades of debate, last year the Environmental Protection Agency finally proposed a ban on the toxic organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos. But with Scott Pruitt now heading the agency, the fate of this neurotoxic pesticide is uncertain.

Research has linked chlorpyrifos to nervous system damage, behavioral problems and lower IQ in young children whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy. In adults, low-level exposure to chlorpyrifos can cause nausea, headaches and dizziness. Farmworkers and others who are severely exposed have suffered vomiting, muscle cramps, diarrhea, blurred vision, loss of consciousness and even paralysis.

The EPA has received thousands of comments supporting its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos. But Pruitt could overturn this effort. The EPA will make its final decision on whether or not it will keep chlorpyrifos on the market on March 31 – we need to act fast and FLOOD Pruitt’s office with comments supporting the chlorpyrifos ban. Add your name to EWG, Food Revolution Network and Just Label It’s petition and urge Pruitt to ban chlorpyrifos once and for all!

In November 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency revised its human health risk assessment of chlorpyrifos to show risks from dietary exposure and drinking water.

Given that even small amounts of this pesticide can harm children’s brain development, I stand with EWG, Food Revolution Network and Just Label It in demanding that Scott Pruitt uphold the EPA’s determination that chlorpyrifos poses an unacceptable risk to public health and ban its use on food crops.

Environmental Working Group
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