Hawaii becomes the first US state to ban harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos | GBRI

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Hawaii has become the first US state to ban the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos. Chlorpyrifos has been proven to be a highly toxic neurotoxin that causes brain damage, particularly in the case of young children.

The pesticide has been in use since 1965 and the US Environment Protection Agency says it has been found to overstimulate the nervous system causing nausea, dizziness, confusion and at very high exposures, cause respiratory paralysis and death.

Pesticide users, including agricultural operations and agrichemical companies, have until 2022 to transition away from the pesticide in Hawaii.

Doctors and scientists were among those advocating for a ban on the pesticide, according to the Hawaii Reporter’s Robert Kay. “Several physicians last year co-signed an appeal to the governor urging a ban on chlorpyrifos based on their concerns,” Kay wrote. “They cited the findings of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who noted that ‘the risk to infant and children’s health and development is unambiguous.’”

Read full news here: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2018/05/hawaii-bans-toxic-pesticide/

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