Chairwoman Johnson Requests EPA Administrator Regan Review Rules on Chlorpyrifos
(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to encourage the Agency to review rules on chlorpyrifos, a toxic chemical currently used widely in agriculture as a pesticide. The chemical has been found to have acute impacts on the nervous system, causing nausea and dizziness and, in extreme cases, vomiting, muscle tremors, convulsions, and paralysis. Studies have also found that chlorpyrifos is particularly harmful to the developing brains of young children and fetuses with the potential to cause developmental delays, attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity disorders, and decreased birth weights.
“I support President Biden’s direction to EPA to reconsider chlorpyrifos, and I urge you to act quickly to protect the American public by getting chlorpyrifos out of the foods that we eat,” said Chairwoman Johnson in the letter. “I also urge EPA to consider all available peer-reviewed research on the health effects of chemical exposures in its policy decisions going forward.”
A copy of the full letter can be found here.
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