LOS ANGELES (AP) – California plans to ban a widely used pesticide shown to harm the brains of babies.
The state Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it was taking the action to ban chlorpyrifos after it was deemed a toxic air contaminant and discovered to be more dangerous than previously thought.
The decision comes after several steps in recent years to restrict the pesticide currently used on about 60 different crops in the nation’s most productive farm state, including grapes, almonds and oranges.
State Environmental Secretary Jared Blumenfeld says it’s the first time the state has ever sought to ban a pesticide and the move is overdue.
Hawaii banned the pesticide last year and New York lawmakers just passed a bill that would ban the chemical.
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