Chlorpyrifos is one of the worst pesticides around. It’s so toxic even the smallest amounts have been linked to serious children’s health concerns like lower IQs, arm tremors and structural changes in the brain! But Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his buddies at Dow Chemical don’t seem to care.
Earlier this year, the EPA cancelled a scheduled ban on chlorpyrifos shortly after Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical executives. It’s clear that Scott Pruitt is only looking out for corporate profits, not public health. We need to remind him that the EPA answers to the American people, NOT the chemical industry!
EWG has joined forces with the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, the League of Conservation Voters and others to make sure Scott Pruitt and his chemical industry pals hear us loud and clear! Can we count on you to join us, Honey?
Research has linked chlorpyrifos to a dizzying array of serious health effects, including nervous system damage, behavioral problems, autism, ADHD and lower IQs in young children whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy. In adults, low-level exposure to chlorpyrifos can cause nausea, headaches and dizziness. Farmworkers and others who experience severe exposures have suffered vomiting, muscle cramps, diarrhea, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, and even paralysis.
We know this chemical is harmful. But as long as Scott Pruitt is in charge of the EPA and in the pocket of huge chemical corporations like Dow, it’s up to grassroots activists like us to expose the EPA’s failure and force him to BAN chlorpyrifos. We know the chemical industry can be ruthless when challenged, but EWG has never been afraid of a fight.
Can we count on you stand up to the chemical industry with us and fight to ban chlorpyrifos?
– EWG Action Alert