Scientific research shows that a popular pesticide may damage children’s developing brains, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt doesn’t seem to care.
The EPA denies that Liveris and Pruitt discussed the pesticide when they met.
A previous review from the EPA concluded that Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide, which is commonly sprayed on produce, can interfere with the neurological development of infants and fetuses, even when ingested in the smallest amounts. Traces of the chemical may also be found in drinking water sources, and under President Barack Obama the agency proposed banning it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Environmental Working Group voiced their concerns about the pesticide in a letter to Pruitt.
“The risk to infant and children’s health and development is unambiguous,” said the organizations in their letter. “We are deeply alarmed by EPA’s decision not to finalize the proposed rule to end chlorpyrifos uses on food—a decision that was premised on the need for further study on the effects of chlorpyrifos on children before finalizing a rule.”
The EPA has denied accusations that corporate pressure dictated Pruitt’s decision.
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