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EPA denies chlorpyrifos pesticide ban

Decision praised as agency's return to use of sound science in making decisions.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order March 29 denying a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that's crucial to U.S. agriculture.

“We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos while still protecting human health and the environment,” Pruitt said. “By reversing the previous Administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the

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