California to Ban Pesticide Said to Harm Child Development

Hawaii banned it last year and New York lawmakers recently sent a bill to the governor outlawing use of the pesticide.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s most productive agricultural state will ban a widely used pesticide blamed for harming brain development in babies, California officials said Wednesday. The move cheered by environmental groups would outlaw chlorpyrifos (klohr-PY’-rih-fohs) after scientists deemed it a toxic air contaminant and discovered it to be more dangerous than previously thought. State Environmental Secretary Jared Blumenfeld said it’s the first time the state has sought to ban a pesticide and the…

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