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Federal appeals court orders EPA to ban controversial pesticide

A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos, which former administrator Scott Pruitt had refused to do last year, despite mounting concerns about its risks to human health.

In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said that federal law requires that the EPA ban the use of a pesticide on food if it finds any harm from exposure to it, saying that there was “no justification” for Pruitt’s decision to allow farmers to continue to use chlorpyrifos “in the fact of scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neurodevelopmental damage to children.”

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