EPA bans dangerous pesticide after farm workers sue
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Scientific American: The Environmental Protection Agency will ban the use of the insecticide endosulfan, which “can pose unacceptable neurological and reproductive risks to farmworkers and wildlife and can persist in the environment,” according to an agency news release. Marla Cone writes the chemical is chemically similar to DDT, which was banned in 1972, and endosulfan has already been banned in the European Union and other countries. The EPA’s announcement comes two years after advocates for farmworkers and the environment sued the agency for re-registering the pesticide for use.