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Hawaii Will Be First State to Ban Dow Insecticide

June 13, 2018, 6:51 PM

Hawaii will become the first state to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that has been linked to human health problems, but is facing pushback from the farm and manufacturers of the chemical.

Gov. David Ige (D) will sign a bill June 13 prohibiting the use of chlorpyrifos—an insecticide that’s been linked to learning disabilities in children, headaches, nausea, and in some cases, paralysis and death. Dow first registered the insecticide in 1965, according to the U.S. EPA.

The Hawaii Farm Bureau opposed the bill, saying it doesn’t provide a solution to pesticide concerns and the ban...

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