EPA set to ban pesticide that causes neurological damage in kids

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that they will reverse a 2017 decision that allowed the continued use of chloropyrifos on food.

The Environmental Protection Agency released a final rule that bans that use of chloropyrifos on fruits and vegetables. The pesticide is one of the most widely used for food crops, in spite of a link to neurological damage in children. The agency is using a food quality law from 1996 to issue the ban.

The Obama administration recommended banning the pesticide in 2015, but the Trump administration reversed course in 2017, citing potential difficulties for farmers who might lose crops when they were unable to use the pesticide, which was often used as a last resort.

The pesticide can still be utilized for nonfood use. However, the EPA is expected to decide whether or not to completely ban the pesticide in 2022.