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Calls intensify for California regulators to take action on chlorpyrifos
by Safe Ag Safe Schools
The U.S. Justice Department has requested a rehearing of a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to revoke all tolerances of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos within 60 days, putting the proposed federal ban back in limbo for the foreseeable future. The stalling tactic is the latest in an eleven-year struggle over the fate of a pesticide known to cause autism, ADHD and IQ loss. Health advocates in California, including many from the Monterey Bay region, are now renewing their call to state regulators and Governor Jerry Brown to take immediate steps to end use of Dow Chemical’s blockbuster insecticide in California where almost a million pounds are used annually.
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