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EPA Bans Chlorpyrifos, FINALLY!

Gina Solomon

Aug 24, 2021

The EPA is banning chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on food crops, after 14 years of pressure from environmental and labor groups

After more than 20 years of research linking the pesticide Chlorpyrifos (Dursban) with delayed neurodevelopment of children after prenatal exposure, the EPA will be revoking all registrations this year. It had planned to ban the toxicant in 2016, but the then-EPA administrator Pruitt canceled the ban citing too little research evidence. The LEADER lab contributed significantly to the scientific literature implicating chlorpyrifos. "It's gratifying to see important research translated into health-protective policy, even if it is late in coming" said LEADER lab Co-Director and Emory Professor Dr. Dana Barr. To read Dr. Solomon's full article, click here.

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