Lawyers for the plaintiffs who sued Corteva (formerly DowDupont) say they found chlorpyrifos, a used insecticide, in homes, carpets, furniture – even a teddy bear – in four California communities where the chemical is used.
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Corteva (formerly DowDupont) faces a potential class action lawsuit after several California families filed a lawsuit alleging that the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos around their homes resulted in birth defects, injury of the brain and developmental problems of their children.
Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide linked to a variety of health diseases, which states significant risks particularly for pregnant mothers and their children. The lawsuits occurred as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approached a imposed by the court 60-day deadline to determine the course of pesticide registration.
Attorneys for court cases, filed for individuals located in four California communities (Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties), have indicated they intend to pursue class action status. , which will allow additional injured parties to participate in the match. The complainants argued that the effects of chlorpyrifos exposure would be prolonged in the agricultural communities in which they lived.
“We find it in houses, we find it on carpet, in furniture, we find it in a teddy bear and we find it on walls and surfaces,” he said. Stuart Calwell, chief attorney of the plaintiffs. “Then a little kid picked up a teddy bear and held it.” Eventually, 100,000 people in California’s farming regions may need to remove items from their homes contaminated with chlorpyrifos, lawyers said.
Each of the four families who raised had children with developmental disabilities that they showed to cause chlorpyrifos exposure. This real -world phenomenon is supported by the scientific literature. Studies have found that children are exposed to high levels of chlorpyrifos EXPERIENCE mental retardation, attention problems, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder and prevalent developmental disorders at three years of age.
Concentrations of chlorpyrifos in the umbilical blood were also observed corresponding to a decrease in psychomotor development and a decrease in cognitive development in 3-year-old children. Further research corroborates these findings, with evidence that children with high levels of exposure to chlorpyrifos have brain changes, including enlargement of the superior temporal, posterior middle temporal, and lower postcentral gyri bilaterally, and enlargement of the superior frontal gyrus, gyrus rectus, cuneus and precuneus along the mesial wall of the right hemisphere.
After the EPA was found to have made a “severe delay” in exposing a generation of American children to unsafe levels of chlorpyrifos, a judge gave the agency 60 days to change or revoke the registration of the most commonly used pesticide. #TheDefenderhttps://t.co/8WbrBEH1Gy
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Although there is Corteva fell from the chlorpyrifos market, it does not support chemical cancellation, and other manufacturers continue to do so. Three years ago, Hawaii became the first state to begin eliminating the use of chlorpyrifos. In New York, a law passed by the state legislature enforcing the ban before Hawaii vetoed by Governor Cuomo (D) and transferred to a slow state judging process. California has in the same way promoted make a decision to ban the chemical, but small use may remain.
Meanwhile, the EPA, despite the change in administration, has taken no substantial action to date on chlorpyrifos. In May, a federal appeals court gives the EPA a 60-day deadline to provide a “sufficient legal response” to a petition originally filed in 2007, urging the agency to ban the use of food chemicals.
Advocates say it’s a low bar to be cleared by the Biden administration. With Biden EPA, led by Administrator Michael Regan, defending an extensive Trump era pesticide decisions, advocates are concerned that The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs remains fragmented.
As with other lawsuits filed regarding pesticide poisoning, including Paraquat associated with Parkinson’s and cause of cancer glyphosate, Made the inaction of the EPA so that the only solution for affected individuals and communities is the court system.
Canada began to be quiet removal of chlorpyrifos, and the EU continues to lead the world in pesticide protections after it decided not to renew registration for the chemical, allowing only a short grace period of 3 months for final storage, disposal and use.
Originally published on Beyond Pesticides.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children’s Health Defense.