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US EPA ordered to act on chlorpyrifos

Voicing concern about the health threats from the organophosphate insecticide, chlorpyrifos, a federal appeals court has ordered the US EPA to formally respond by October 31st to a petition that calls for a ban on the widely used active ingredient. "In view of EPA’s own assessment of the dangers to human health posed by this pesticide, we have little difficulty concluding it should be compelled to act quickly to resolve the administrative petition," the US Court of Appeals for the 9thCircuit said in its August 10th order.

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