EPA bans chlorpyrifos insecticide – BirdWatching

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Loggerhead Shrike is one among many chook species that will depend on bugs for meals and can profit from the upheld ban on chlorpyrifos. Picture by Georgia Wilson

This morning, the U.S. Environmental Safety Company (EPA) upheld its ultimate ruling to ban chlorpyrifos, a gravely dangerous organophosphate insecticide. Chlorpyrifos will now not be used on meals crops meant for home consumption — an enormous victory for chook and human well being. The EPA denied all objections to the ultimate rule and requests for keep. 

American Bird Conservancy has labored alongside companion teams together with Earthjustice, the Pure Assets Protection Council, the Middle for Meals Security, United Farm Employees, and the Pesticide Motion Community in any respect ranges to ban this chemical.

“The chlorpyrifos ruling is a significant victory for migratory birds and their habitats,” stated Hardy Kern, director of ABC’s Pesticides and Birds marketing campaign. “ABC has been on the forefront of this struggle for a few years and is gratified to see the EPA appearing to make meals, water, and chook habitat protected from chlorpyrifos poisoning.”

Chlorpyrifos has been proven to have an effect on birds’ talents to fly, migrate, and reproduce. It has additionally been linked to neurological issues in human adults and infants. 

The ruling, whereas impactful, does go away a loophole for chlorpyrifos for use on meals crops meant for export. ABC lately despatched a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack thanking them for the ultimate ruling whereas asking that this loophole be closed.

From 2017: Pesticides poisonous to seed-eating songbirds

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