United Farm Workers

 

Take action on EPA’s shameful refusal to ban brain-harming chemical!

Two days before Cesar’s March 31st birthday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a stunning reversal on the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. The New York Times headline captured it well saying, "EPA Chief, Rejecting Agency's Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide."  

Yesterday, a coalition the UFW is part of took Administrator Pruitt’s EPA back to court, demanding that he reinstate the planned ban within 30 days. (Click to see news release.)

The EPA’s own scientific studies have determined that this pesticide is not safe and even very low levels of exposure to chlorpyrifos can cause irreparable harm and damage children’s developing brains. Pruitt’s refusal to ban this dangerous chemical puts millions at risk. Farm worker children are particularly at risk, since they’re exposed to this pesticide when it drifts from nearby fields. It is long past time for EPA to stop caving-in to corporate interests and permanently ban all uses of chlorpyrifos.

We will continue to hold the EPA accountable. Help us keep up the pressure. Ask your Congressional representatives to take action to get chlorpyrifos off the market, once and for all.

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