Chlorpyrifos will no longer be allowed on food crops

The agency will reverse a Trump-era decision to keep chlorpyrifos, one of the most common pesticides, in use. The ban is base upon science that links the pesticide to neurological damage in children.

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The Biden administration has defended some of former President Trump’s pesticide decisions

Although President Joe Biden has promised to limit people's exposure to “dangerous chemicals and pesticides," his administration has defended several actions by the Trump administration that generally deregulated pesticides.


Seresto pet collars under EPA review, but the fight over their safety could take years

The U.S. EPA launched a review into the best-selling Seresto flea and tick collar this spring after media reports about injuries and deaths linked to the product spurred a congressional inquiry, class-action lawsuits and a formal complaint.


N.B. forests have dodged a devastating infestation bullet, insect expert says

Targeted use of insecticide curbed spruce budworm outbreak, committee told on Day 2 of pesticide hearings.


Florida agriculture officials ban citrus pesticide approved near end of Trump administration

The department cited a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency legal response last week to a petition filed in a federal appeals court in March by environmental groups.

Pesticide breakdown products found in hundreds of US streams

Extensive environmental survey of pesticides and their transformation products reveals potential for hidden toxicity.


Minnesota lawmakers consider banning state's most widely used pesticide

Minnesota lawmakers are pushing a proposal to ban chlorpyrifos, a powerful and widely used pesticide that can cause brain damage and developmental defects in children.


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.

Run-off from neo-nicotinoid agricultural chemical can affect health of prawns and oysters, research finds

A widely used agricultural chemical is found to affect the health and flesh quality of tiger prawns and Sydney rock oysters.


Citrus flavoring is weaponized against insect-borne diseases

The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, which is found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat.

Study shows popular insecticides harm birds in the United States

Study on the effects of neonicotinoids on birds in the US from 2008–2014.

What’s bad for bees could be bad for marine life, too

Preliminary research shows that a popular insecticide hampers arthropods in the ocean.


DDT’s toxic legacy could span three generations

Studies have struggled to link DDT and cancer. This library of frozen blood could be the key to understanding why.


Dedicated effort turns James River from trashed to treasured

Once labeled 'most polluted,' America's founding river wins international acclaim.

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