Biden moves to reexamine toxic pesticide

President Biden's wave of executive actions includes an order to reexamine one controversial, but widely used, pesticide called chlorpyrifos. The Trump administration kept it on the market.
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Biden calls for review of recent EPA actions

Decisions on chemical risks, pesticides, and science under scrutiny.

EPA finalizes scientific transparency rule limiting which studies can be used to protect public health

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule limiting which scientific studies the agency can use in crafting public health protections.

A plan made to shield Big Tobacco from facts is now EPA policy

The E.P.A. has finalized a so-called transparency plan that it says will improve the credibility of science. Scientists say it is designed to stop new public health protections by limiting what research the agency can consider.

Oregon moves to phase out most uses of a controversial pesticide by 2023

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it will begin to limit the use of chlorpyrifos and ultimately phase out nearly all its use by 2023.

Environmentalists hope Biden will reverse Trump policies

Some regulations will take time to change or reverse because they will require a full review process with public comment.

How four years of Trump reshaped food and farming

No matter who wins the White House on Tuesday, policy changes over the last four years will have long-term impacts on the food system—from the farm economy to food access.

Parents sue chlorpyrifos makers Corteva, Dow over child’s autism

The farmworker parents of a girl with autism, obesity, and vision problems are suing Dow Chemical Co., Corteva, a California town, and two pesticide application companies, claiming that exposure to the powerful insecticide chlorpyrifos led to her significant health problems.

EPA questions science linking widely used pesticide to brain damage in children

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday diminished studies linking a widely-used pesticide associated with brain damage in children, a move that could enable years of continued use of controversial chlorpyrifos.


E.P.A. rejects its own findings that a pesticide harms children’s brains

The agency’s new assessment directly contradicts federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that chlorpyrifos can stunt brain development in young children.

As the West burns, Trump administration races to demolish environmental protections

Polluters and their agents in government want to finalize as many environmental rollbacks as possible before the presidential election.

Kind is the first food brand to commit to 'bee-friendly' almonds

Pollinating California’s vast almond crop has been devastating for bee populations. Kind wants to use its buying power to implement new farming practices to change that.

New Mexico Democrat co-sponsors bill to increase pesticide oversight

The bill would target chemicals such as paraquat and chlorpyrifos, which research has shown can cause neurological damage in children.

The link between Parkinson's disease and toxic chemicals

A new book calls the increasing prominence of Parkinson’s “a man-made pandemic.”

The Trump administration is reversing nearly 100 environmental rules. Here's the full list

A New York Times analysis found more than 60 environmental policies officially rolled back under Mr. Trump and another 34 rollbacks still in progress.
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