Learn Progress - Trump’s pick for EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, signed an order to allow farmers to begin using chlorpyrifos again. This pesticide was banned under the Obama administration after it was shown to damage the nervous system in children.
This dangerous pesticide is used on over a dozen different kinds of crops. Under the EPA’s new rule, children could be in danger any time they consume tree nuts, soybeans, corn, wheat, appls, lemons, and other types of otherwise nutritious foods.
Pruitt tried to defend his horrible decision by saying it was in the name of science.
“We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment,” Pruitt’s statement read. “By reversing the previous administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making — rather than predetermined results.”