Six state prosecutors are seeking to join a lawsuit to force the U.S. EPA to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos from use on U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables, according to court papers filed on July 6.
Democratic attorneys general for New York, Maryland, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia filed a motion to intervene in a case environmental and social advocacy groups brought in a federal appeals court on June 5. It challenges EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s March 29 decision not to ban chlorpyrifos from U.S. foods.
The action by the prosecutors adds momentum to a push by environmental groups to broadly oppose Pruitt and U.S. President Donald Trump in their stated aim to loosen U.S. environmental regulations.
“It is EPA’s responsibility to protect Americans from unsafe chlorpyrifos residues on food because of the potential neurodevelopmental and other adverse health effects caused by exposure,” the prosecutors wrote in their filing. “Citizens of the proposed state intervenors consume foods grown throughout the United States and the world that contain chlorpyrifos residues.”
The EPA has previously said chlorpyrifos, which is sold under a range of brandnames, did not meet safety standards laid out by a 1938 U.S. law, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. An EPA spokesman declined to comment on the July 6 filing.
The prosecutors’ move is the latest in a series of administrative and courtroom actions against the pesticide that began long before Trump took office.| | | Next → | Single Page