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EPA Denial of Chlorpyrifos Ban Sets Pro-Science Precedent

August 10, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reject a petition from two environmental activist groups to ban the longtime, widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos was sound since decades of research indicates the chemical is safe.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to reject a petition from two environmental activist groups to ban the longtime, widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos was scientifically sound, since decades of research indicates the chemical is safe. Farmers have used chlorpyrifos safely for decades and the main study claiming it poses a health risk cited by the environmental groups in their petition was seriously flawed according to an analysis by EPA's own Science Advisory Panel, composed of scientists who review agency pesticide risk assessments, during 2016. The panel told EPA the study contained many flaws, and reliance on it for regulation was “premature and possibly inappropriate.” 

Author
Angela Logomasini is a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, focusing on environmental regulation, particularly chemical regulation.
Angela.Logomasini@cei.org