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World’s Largest Producer of Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Ends Its Production

World’s Largest Producer of Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Ends Its Production

Corteva, formerly part of the chemical manufacturing giant Dow Chemical, announced today that it would stop making chlorpyrifos — a toxic, brain-harming pesticide commonly sprayed on various U.S. food crops, including apples, oranges, and berries — by the end of the year. The decision by the chemical’s biggest producer, which cited declining sales, marks a […]

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    French Court Temporarily Bans Two Pesticides Over Possible Threat to Bees

    French Court Temporarily Bans Two Pesticides Over Possible Threat to Bees

    Bees are behind a French court ruling that suspended the license for two pesticides made by Dow Chemical. Friday’s preliminary ruling by an administrative court in Nice cited environmental risks of the pesticide sulfoxaflor. The decision overturned a ruling by ANSES, the French agency for health and environment. The court ruling banned the two pesticides, […]

    Trump Administration Seeks Two-Year Delay on Pesticide Assessments Following Industry Request

    Trump Administration Seeks Two-Year Delay on Pesticide Assessments Following Industry Request

    The Trump administration filed a motion before a federal judge requesting two more years to complete an assessment on the risks of three common pesticides on endangered species. The pesticides in question—chlorpyrifos, malathion and diazinon—are three organophosphate insecticides known to harm the vast majority of the nearly 1,800 animals and plants protected under the Endangered […]

    Trump’s Pick for Top EPA Post Under Scrutiny for Deep Ties to Chemical Industry

    Trump’s Pick for Top EPA Post Under Scrutiny for Deep Ties to Chemical Industry

    From Scott Pruitt to Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump has notoriously appointed a slew of individuals with serious conflicts of interests with the departments they oversee. The latest is Michael L. Dourson, Trump’s pick to head the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, the government’s chemical safety program. Media reports reveal that the […]

    States Sue EPA for Failing to Ban Toxic Pesticide

    States Sue EPA for Failing to Ban Toxic Pesticide

    By Farron Cousins In late March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt decided that his agency would not place an outright ban on a pesticide manufactured by Dow Chemical called chlorpyrifos. The decision came after a federal court ordered the EPA to make a final decision on whether or not to ban the […]

    EPA Chief Met With Dow Chemical CEO Before Deciding Not to Ban Toxic Pesticide

    EPA Chief Met With Dow Chemical CEO Before Deciding Not to Ban Toxic Pesticide

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris before deciding to reverse an earlier EPA decision to ban the company’s toxic and widely used pesticide, chlorpyrifos. According to records obtained by the Associated Press, the EPA boss met with Liveris for about 30 minutes at a Houston hotel […]

    12 Farmworkers Poisoned by Toxic Pesticide Only One Month After EPA Denies Ban

    12 Farmworkers Poisoned by Toxic Pesticide Only One Month After EPA Denies Ban

    More than 50 agricultural workers southwest of Bakersfield, California in Kern County were inadvertently exposed to pesticide drift from a nearby field earlier this month. According to local reports, 12 farmworkers reported symptoms of vomiting, nausea and one person fainted due to exposure to Vulcan, an organophosphate-based chemical. Notably, the active ingredient in the insecticide […]

    Dow Chemical Pushes Trump Administration to Scrap Pesticide Study

    Dow Chemical Pushes Trump Administration to Scrap Pesticide Study

    Dow Chemical, whose CEO Andrew Liveris is a close adviser to President Donald Trump, is pressuring the administration to throw out a government risk study on several popular pesticides, the Associated Press reported. The 10,000-page study found that the three pesticides under review—chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion—pose a risk to roughly 1,800 animals and plants protected […]

    Texas Wineries Worry EPA Approval of Monsanto, Dow Herbicides Will ‘Kill’ Industry

    Texas Wineries Worry EPA Approval of Monsanto, Dow Herbicides Will ‘Kill’ Industry

    Wineries in Texas are worried that federal approval of two highly volatile and drift-prone herbicides used on neighboring genetically modified (GMO) cotton fields will cause widespread damage to their vineyards, The Texas Tribune details. Dicamba damage on a grape leaves. Uky.edu The herbicides in question are Monsanto’s dicamba-based XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology, which was approved […]