California is going to ban the sale of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in starting of early 2020; the state environmental officials say it has been related to brain damage and different health concerns in children.
Under an agreement reached, the maker of chlorpyrifos, sales of the pesticide, will end on Feb. 6, 2020, and agricultural growers won’t be allowed to use it after Dec. 31, 2020.
“For years, environmental justice advocates have struggled to get the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos out of communities,” Gov. Gavin Newsom stated in a statement. “Due to their tenacity and the work of countless others, this can now happen faster than originally envisioned. It is a big win for children, employees, and public health in California.”
Chlorpyrifos is used primarily on crops similar to alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes, and walnuts.
California environmental regulators targeted the pesticide for many years. They have designated chlorpyrifos substances as a toxic air contaminant that causes health concerns when inhaled or exposed to the skin of bystanders. The agreement includes a ban on aerial spraying.
The U.S. EPA under President Barack Obama suggested a federal ban on chlorpyrifos in 2015. However, the EPA reversed course just in three months after the new Trump administration.
The federal government’s experts issued a report in Last year stating that the pesticide and two others diazinon and malathion have been washing into streams and rivers and harming wildlife, equivalent to endangered species of salmon.
Chlorpyrifos has already been banned in Hawaii.
Pesticide manufacturer Corteva Agriscience didn’t reply to NPR’s emailed request for comment.
However, it informed the Associated Press: “By recent actions, the State of California has improvised and carried out several uniquely challenging regulatory requirements for chlorpyrifos. These new, novel requirements have made it virtually impossible for growers to make use of this necessary tool in their state.”