Friday, October 30, 2015
EPA proposes ban on common fruit/veggie pesticide
A common pesticide used on citrus fruits, almonds and other crops would be banned under a proposal announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The proposal would prohibit use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used insecticide that is sprayed on a variety of crops including oranges, apples, cherries, grapes, broccoli and asparagus.
The pesticide, in use since 1965, has sickened dozens of farmworkers in recent years. Traces have been found in waterways, threatening fish, and regulators say overuse could make targeted insects immune to the pesticide.
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Staff William M. Dowd at 10:10 PM