EPA denies petition to ban chlorpyrifos

EPA denies petition to ban chlorpyrifos

The decision reverses the Obama administration's steps to ban the insecticide ingredient.

March 30, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it had denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban the agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos.

In October 2015, the Obama administration proposed to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos, an active ingredient in insecticides. The proposal was issued in response to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Pesticide Action Network North America, the EPA said in a statement.

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