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PAN sues EPA — again

This week, PAN joined a coalition of groups to sue the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — again — for refusing to ban the potent brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. This second lawsuit, filed by attorneys from Earthjustice representing PAN and other allied organizations, demands that the pesticide be banned nationwide due to its harms to vulnerable populations like children and farmworkers.

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CA chlorpyrifos guidelines: Just for show

In 2016, California used almost a million pounds of the highly toxic, brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. In November 2018, under pressure from communities around the state who have suffered health consequences of exposure to this pesticide, the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) announced guidelines to protect communities from it.

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Transparency Anyone?

In January, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced rules to protect children from exposure to some of the worst agricultural pesticides used in the state. The resulting quarter-mile buffer zones put into place around schools are a solid step forward; however, a huge loophole exists in the execution of the buffers.

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A win! Buffer zones around CA schools

After years of pressure from communities across California, the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) finally took action last week to protect schoolchildren from agricultural pesticide exposure.  While not all that we'd hoped for, state officials announced new rules that establish a buffer zone for agricultural pesticides around public schools and daycare centers.

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Positive pesticide news

In the midst of uncertain times, I’m finding comfort in an array of good news regarding pesticide bans and restrictions from around the world. Last week, PAN Staff Scientist Emily Marquez returned from the scientific committee meeting of the Stockholm Convention in Rome where several key pesticides were being discussed for potential global bans.

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Part-time pesticide protections? No thanks, DPR.

After years of pressure from communities across the state, California's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) finally released their proposed new rules to protect schoolchildren from the harms of agricultural pesticides. While we’re glad the draft regulations are finally out, the proposed rules leave a lot to be desired.

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