Ban on Chlorpyrifos Sales
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop chlorpyrifos sales within the US within 60 days. A coalition filed suit alleging that EPA chief Scott Pruitt violated federal law by ignoring the conclusions of nine agency scientists that concluded: “There is a breadth of information available on the potential adverse neurodevelopmental effects in infants and children as a result of prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos.” In a split decision, the court agreed that Pruitt violated the federal law and ordered the stop of sales.
This decision will impact homeowners, consumers and agricultural producers. Multiple wasp, ant, or termite insecticides sold over the counter may contain chlopyrifos. The more common agricultural products, Lorsban and Dursban, were introduced by Dow Agrosciences LLC but today many generic products are available. Use of chlorpyrifos may also include cattle ear tags, fire ant control, mosquito control, and even to treat wood fences and utility poles.
With planning, viable alternatives are available for most crops. Within North Carolina, these options can be found within the annual NC Agricultural Chemicals Manual. It is also suggested to review updates and information provided by North Carolina State University and N.C. Cooperative Extension at the web portals below.