EPA Leader Facing Criticism Over Decision Not To Ban Controversial Farm Pesticide

The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency is facing criticism over his decision not to ban a controversial farm pesticide.

It overrides his own agency’s research showing the pesticide posed a health risk to children and farm workers.

Farming is a big industry across the nation, including here in Northern Michigan.

Many who work in farming use this pesticide, chlorpyrifos, which was introduced by Dow Chemical Company.

For half a century, the chemical has been used on dozens of crops including corn, strawberries and citrus.

But EPA’s scientists, under the Obama administration, found that the chemical could interfere with children’s brain development.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt issued this statement saying, "We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while protecting health and the environment."