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The Continued Legal Use of Chlorpyrifos is Unconscionable

“The chance to prevent brain damage in children was a low bar for most of Scott Pruitt’s predecessors, but it apparently just wasn’t persuasive enough for an administrator who isn’t sure if banning lead from gasoline was a good idea…

“Instead, in one of his first major decisions as head of the EPA, like a toddler running toward his parents, Pruitt leaped into the warm and waiting arms of the pesticide industry.”

Environmental Working Group president Ken Cook

Though deadly to human health, wildlife and to the environment, chlorpyrifos has been the most widely used pesticide in the United States for decades. A neurotoxic pesticide manufactured by Dow Chemical, chlorpyrifos is acutely toxic and associated with extreme neurodevelopmental harm in children and prenatal exposure has been found to cause lower birth weight, reduced IQ, loss of working memory, attention disorders, and delayed motor development. Direct exposure, by inhalation, skin contact or ingestion, as happens to both farm workers and residents living in proximity to agricultural areas, and to others even further away, causes convulsions, respiratory paralysis, and, in some cases, death. As to the “others” referenced, they can and do include anyone who consumes agricultural products that contain a residue of chlorpyrifos, as well as people whose drinking water has been contaminated with the pesticide and people breathing air exposed to a toxic spray of wind-blown chlorpyrifos. (“What You Should Know – Chlorpyrifos The toxic pesticide now harming our children and environment”)

Due to its overwhelming and overpowering risk of harm, residential use of chlorpyrifos was outlawed by the EPA almost two decades ago, but its widespread commercial use continues.

Recent studies have shown that a minimal degree of prenatal exposure causes permanent harm and an EPA human health risk

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assessment released in November, 2016 found that there are NO safe levels of chlorpyrifos exposure. The study found that Continue reading

The Burgeoning Issue of Electronic Waste

With every new smartphone making all others obsolete, as “Smart” HDTVs replace plain old HDTVs, and as more and more kitchen appliances can operate virtually without the necessity of a person at the controls, the problem of the increasing volume of toxic and cumbersome electronic waste worsens and worsens.

A recent report of a United Nations’ study has determined that each and every US resident generates 66 pounds of electronic waste per year, that the amount continues to increase, and will reach the level of 100 pounds per person by 2017. The study, based on data collected in 2010, found that 1.6 million tons of used electronics worldwide were disposed of during that year, and of that, only 56% was collected for safe and proper disposal and recycling.

The discarding of such waste not only means that deadly toxins are added to landfills, ground water, and the atmosphere in general, but also that valuable, reusable components are never recovered and recycled, and in their stead other finite resources are further depleted. Continue reading