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Pesticide Companies, Farmers Say California Air Toxic Finding Weak

June 19, 2018, 7:59 PM

California farming associations and pesticide manufacturers say the state relied on unrealistic assessment data in its decision to list a disputed insecticide as an air toxic in July.

A scientific review panel recommended that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation list chlorpyrifos—which has been linked to developmental delays in children exposed in utero—as a toxic air containment. This could lead to further restrictions and reduced chlorpyrifos use on crops, fruit, nuts and other agricultural products.

The state pesticide regulating agency told Bloomberg Environment that it proposed restrictions for chlorpyrifos in October 2017, including how the insecticide can be applied...

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