Maryland Joins Efforts to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

‘On June 6, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined six attorney generals in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to label chlorpyrifos as unsafe for humans in any quantity. Six weeks later, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin announced his co-sponsorship of a bill that bans chlorpyrifos. What exactly is chlorpyrifos and why is everyone so up in arms? Here’s the scoop.

Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide that is widely used in agriculture throughout the United States, including in Maryland. In 2000, the EPA severely restricted home use of the chemical after it was discovered that developmental delays such as hyperactivity and motor control issues, attention deficit disorders, and decreased IQ scores resulted from even low levels of exposure.’

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