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EPA chief says Paris climate agreement 'bad deal' for US

Trump admin calls Paris climate pact bad deal for US as India China 'back-loaded' costs Trump admin calls Paris climate pact bad deal for US as India China 'back-loaded' costs
Doris Mccormick | 08 April, 2017, 00:08

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told Bloomberg that the agency hoped to "prevent regulation created for the sake of regulation by the previous administration". After carefully weighing that evidence - as well as critiques of it from Dow Chemical, which patented and still sells most of the pesticide - the EPA made a decision to move ahead with a ban on chlorpyrifos in 2015. Then in June 2000 the EPA phased out non-agricultural uses of the chemical.

In a filing with the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the environmental groups demanded that the EPA follow the conclusions reached by its scientists. Over half of all apples and broccoli in the US are sprayed with chlorpyrifos, says Earthjustice.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is shutting down a program at its headquarters that helps states and localities adapt to climate change's effects, like rising sea levels.

"By leaving this chemical on the market we are gambling with the lives of children and their long-term wellbeing and they have no choice in the matter", she said in a statement.

"The federal government has recognized for decades that air and water quality are especially poor in low-income areas and communities of color, and some of that imbalance stems directly from government permitting decisions, such as where to allow the dumping of toxic materials", reports the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental advocacy non-profit. In a statement, he said the pesticide was essential for agriculture (Greenwire, March 30).

Last November, EPA released an updated assessment of the risks linked to chlorpyrifos. The agency argued that it lacks the authority to take regulatory action until an October 1, 2022, deadline established by Congress. Pruitt's visit will come weeks before the EPA is set to resume remediation work in the Calumet neighborhood and as residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex continue to move because of the contamination.

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In addition to asking the court to order EPA to ban all food uses of chlorpyrifos, the groups asked the court to order EPA to begin cancelling all chlorpyrifos uses. "Nor does EPA address how it can legally maintain chlorpyrifos tolerances in the face of its findings that chlorpyrifos exposures are unsafe".

Armed with this information, the environmental coalition asks the appellate panel to order the EPA to ban the substance in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

According to groups such as New York Communities for Change, Environmental Justice, New York State Nurses Association and Citizen Action, Schumer, the Democratic minority leader in the Senate, is expected to spearhead efforts to put a stop to the president's risky actions.

Trump's budget proposal calls to cut the EPA's overall funding by 31 percent. The court filing was expected, as pesticide critics this week threatened to turn to the courts to fight EPA's decision (Greenwire, April 4).

Even despite these proofs, Pruitt refused to take responsibility.


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