Assembly panel looks to ban pesticide OK’d by Trump administration

The Trump administration rejected a ban of a controversial pesticide earlier this spring, but if a bill in New Jersey wins passage, use of the chemical would be banned in the state. The Assembly Solid Waste and Environment Committee is scheduled to consider legislation (A-4794) today to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide environmental groups have been trying to ban for a decade. During the Obama administration, scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended taking chlorpyrifos off the market, but the new agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, rejected a petition to ban its ongoing use in agriculture in March.

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Source: NJ Spotlight

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