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Hawaii Bans Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos in US First

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(Photo: A taro field in Kauai, Hawaii. Credit: Kanaka Rastamon, Flickr Creative Commons)

Hawaii became the first state in the US to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos with new legislation passed this week. The bill, SB3095, goes into effect July 1, 2018, and bans chlorpyrifos starting January 1, 2019. Pesticide users, including agricultural operations and agrichemical companies, have until 2022 to transition away from the pesticide in Hawaii.

The EPA describes chlorpyrifos as an organophosphate insecticide, acaricide, and miticide mainly used to control foliage and soil-borne insect pests on a variety of food and feed crops. It has been used since 1965 and the agency says it has been found to overstimulate the nervous system causing nausea, dizziness, confusion and at very high exposures, cause respiratory paralysis and death.

EcoWatch calls chlorpyrifos “a highly toxic neurotoxin that causes significant damage to brain development in children.” In March 2017, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban it.

Doctors and scientists were among those advocating for a ban on the pesticide, according to the Hawaii Reporter’s Robert Kay. “Several physicians last year co-signed an appeal to the governor urging a ban on chlorpyrifos based on their concerns,” Kay wrote. “They cited the findings of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who noted that ‘the risk to infant and children’s health and development is unambiguous.’”

The EPA removed residential uses of chlorpyrifos from the market in 2000, but did not issue an outright ban, the Maui News reported. “Some states have tried to ban chlorpyrifos but failed, Rep. Chris Lee of Oahu, House Conference Committee co-chairman, said last week.”

The bill says:

  • Beginning January 1, 2019, all users of restricted use pesticides must report on their use of restricted use pesticides to the Department of Agriculture
  • Use of a restricted use pesticide on or within 100 feet of a school during normal school hours is prohibited starting January 1, 2019
  • The use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos as an active ingredient is prohibited beginning January 1, 2019
  • The Department of Agriculture can grant temporary permits allowing the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos through December 31, 2022
  • The Department of Agriculture is required to develop a pesticide drift monitoring study no later than July 1, 2019

Exemptions for chlorpyrifos will not be granted after 2022, EcoWatch reported. The mandatory reporting and no-spray zone provisions from the bill are effective immediately.

Hawaii had 7,000 farm operations covering 1.12 million acres in 2017, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The state spends as much as $3 billion annually to import 90% of its food, the Washington Post reported. Given the state of food security there, Gov. David Ige set a 2030 deadline for doubling local agriculture production.

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One thought on “Hawaii Bans Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos in US First

  1. Well…is it banned?…or just restricted?…is this just a headline attention-grabber or a reporting of fact?

    It raises the seemingly never ending question of the more likely madness than genius of scientists and the ‘behind the scenes .control of political process, parties politicians and elections.

    Since at least 1965 serious, incontrovertible damage has been done ‘unambiguously’ by this chemical , yet the smoke and mirrors act includes continuing use including ‘not within 100ft of a school’…

    As well as environmental damage being continued, perhaps even increased after this approval promenading itself as a ‘ban’, children can be guaranteed contact…or have they not heard of wind, breeze, evaporation, sedimentation, rain, leaching and children carrying via their shoes or bare feet?

    “Some. States have tried to ban it and failed”…in other words they are blowing smoke up peoples’ backsides…active tracing and serious penalties, years in jail for people who sell, procure or introduce it or perhaps exposing them naked to the chemical…??..use them as human scarecrows in the polluted fields?….or some other novel treatment, the stocks perhaps.

    There will be a way when governments are serious about achieving goals which protect citizens. A good start whilst proactive is exhibiting good example and morals, absent from most presidents breaking down their secret societies and declaring their associations and lobbyists

    The EPA is a pussycat, trying to placate the producers of deadly chemicals whilst kidding the ordinary person that it is a seriously “pro-us” service and Governments are in permanent conspiracy to hide truth.

    For example, two of the most publicised chemicals in history… IG Farben, a part of the Jewish conglomerate (AGFA, Standard Oil etc.) invented Zyklon, but in the First war the Mustard gas was also invented by Jewish scientist Fritz Haber supplied and produced produced by IG Farben.

    On hearing of what he’d done Haber’s Jewish wife, a scientist also as is reported, committed suicide.

    Better she had lived and protested publicly, perhaps she was going to but was stopped. Whatever the truth she gave all she had in protest. Have you ever seen these facts reported along with the allied-propaganda against Germany? and pro Israel…No… as it would encourage further research into the truth about “Israel” by ordinary people if the can escape their brain-wiring and think rationally.

    Look at the hypocrisy…USA and others claim to be outraged and motivated to spend $b in a propaganda war against Syria, on behalf of Israel’s intentions in the ME of which Condaleeeeza Rice has already drawn new boundaries….yet will not stop the use of chemical weapons against its citizens…why?…’oh well, it’s used for food production’…as though there is no other way….so feed them, educate them (whilst their minds stagnate from the chemical) and poison them at the same time is ok? I guess that sounds logical to the new order, which even had people believing Iraq had WMD’s and must be destroyed.

    Personal exposure, of such ‘scientists’ is essential to the well-fulness of hundreds of millions of people who are so de-energised by a relatively few disingenuous ‘leaders’ hiding behind ‘democracy’ police, secret organisations and the Military stooges they have lost the will to take control of the ethics morals and expenditure of the tiny proportion of their number with whom they think they have entrusted as honorable, the service of their welfare.

    “Scott Pruitt signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban it.”…anyone remember tar-and feathering”…”being run out of town on a rail”…..or ‘tied backwards to a horse’.

    For a Nation which glories in violence these would be a very minor punishment. The people of Hawaii including its Military and Police, who are deluded normally that any instruction against the people is “ok…an ‘order’ and orders must be obeyed, “should de-mesmerise themselves and combine in protest until the chemical IS banned but more than that suffers total exclusion and the producers and importers assets used in clean-up….or will they all just sit on their Fanny Adams and cop it…treacherous to their children who think their parents love and respect and care for them….which is clearly not the truth, Pruitt being a prime example but also the importers and users of the chemical….If you don’t want the chemical, act democratically…which does not just mean the right to vote but for citizens to own equal rights ….force your government to serve you, obey your will. Voila.

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