California Panel Takes Stricter Stance On Pesticide After EPA Decides Not To Ban Chemical
The members of the California's Scientific Review Panel agreed that the pesticide had negative effects on children's health.
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The Feds Decided Not To Ban A Pesticide. Then California Opted To List It As Toxic.
A few months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled to not ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, California's Scientific Review Panel unanimously agreed this week that it should be listed as a toxic air contaminant. Chlorpyrifos is used to control pests that harm more than 60 crops, but the group of nine scientists agreed that is has severe and irreversible negative effects on children’s developing brains. (Romero, 7/31)
And in other news —
Company Won’t Pay More Than $5,000 After Pesticide Exposure Sickens 17 Farmworkers
The Monterey County agricultural commissioner plans to issue a single fine of up to $5,000 against a Salinas produce company that employed 17 celery workers sickened in a pesticide drift incident last year. The commissioner's decision has angered farmworker advocates and re-energized their push for stronger pesticide enforcement laws. (Goldberg, 7/31)