California Set to Ban Chlorpyrifos
Registration of chlorpyrifos will be canceled in the state of California. This process may take up to two years, and state officials have allocated $5.7 million to fund safer alternatives.
California becomes the second state to take this action, following Hawaii’s announcement in 2018. New York is also considering registration cancelation.
Debates over chlorpyrifos’ safety and use have been ongoing for over a decade. Last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered EPA to explain why it should not be banned by mid-July in a challenge to chlorpyrifos in the federal arena.