The Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson released a statement regarding a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency denying of a petition to ban a widely used crop protection product.
- “Last night’s action by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to deny a proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural crop protection product, is a sign that we are moving in the right direction with this administration when it comes to fixing the problematic culture of an agency that has promoted regulation first instead of science and common sense.”
“From the beginning of this process it was clear there were serious scientific concerns about the validity of trying to take this tool away from farmers, yet those concerns were ignored previously by the EPA. Not only did agriculture groups like Nebraska Farm Bureau raise concerns, but those concerns were shared by USDA and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.”
“Pruitt’s decision is clearly a ‘win’ for Nebraska and American agriculture.”
In October 2015, EPA proposed to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos, an active ingredient in insecticides. The proposal was issued in response to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Pesticide Action Network North America. Chlorpyrifos is commonly referred to as Lorsban and Dursban and primarily used in Nebraska to control insect damage to soybeans and alfalfa.