The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will ban the DDT-like chemical endosulfan, a highly toxic pesticide used in large-scale agricultural operations.
Endosulfan, a toxin that causes reproductive deformities and that has been linked to autism, is so persistent and travels such long distances that it has been found as far from farm fields as Glacier National Park and the Arctic. Detections of unsafe levels of endosulfan in the air near schools has only increased concern that children are being exposed to this poison. Endosulfan is so dangerous that it has been banned or severely restricted in the European Union and over 20 other nations, including Cambodia, the Philippines, and Tonga.
EPA's announcement comes nearly two years after a coalition of worker and environmental advocates sued the Bush administration EPA for re-registering this dangerous pesticide.
“Finally. This is terrific news for all Americans and especially for the families who live, work, and play near farms and orchards where this DDT-like pesticide is used. Endosulfan should have been banned years ago,” said Earthjustice attorney Kristen Boyles. “We sincerely hope this growing season is the last one where this dangerous poison is let loose in our communities and our environment.”