Hirono asks to ban chlorpyrifos

LIHUE — In the midst of lawsuits aiming to get a chlorpyrifos ban out of the Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 15 U.S. senators have signed a letter asking for the same thing.

This week, Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and 13 of their U.S. Senate colleagues sent a letter to EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler asking EPA to reverse the decision and ban chlorpyrifos.

The pesticide has been linked to brain damage in children and studies have shown it can cause harm to health in adults as well.

EPA announced in July that it would not ban the widely used pesticide and said in a statement it was because the data used to support enacting a ban was “not sufficiently valid, complete or reliable.”

The announcement was prompted by a court deadline and the agency is continuing to monitor the safety of the chemical through 2022.

Though his name wasn’t on the letter, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has sponsored bills aimed at a nationwide ban of chlorpyrifos, as has U.S. representative and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

This week’s letter from the senators accuses EPA of avoiding its own responsibilities and ignoring public input. It also states EPA’s own data was strong enough to enact a ban.

Senators cite the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, which directs EPA to ensure with “reasonable certainty” that “no harm” will result from food, drinking water, or other exposures to pesticide.

“There is no dispute that the EPA has not been able to make this safety finding. In fact, the EPA has repeatedly found that chlorpyrifos harms children’s brains at exposures far lower than what the EPA allows,” senators state in their letter.

Meanwhile, the list of states moving to circumvent the federal conversation and ban chlorpyrifos themselves is growing. Hawaii was the first to sign a ban into law in 2018 with the ban taking full effect in 2020.

2 Comments
  1. Charlie Chimknee August 10, 2019 1:03 am Reply

    Aloha Mazie,

    Mahalo for standing up for us…chlorpyrifos and Glyphosphate are just 2 of many many thousands of chemicals made from petroleum, oil, and are collectively called petrochemicals. All of which are CARCINOGENIC , that is Cancer Causing.

    Cancer is an effect, one Cause is Petrochemicals…remove the Cause and there will be no Effect. Simple.

    The amount of petrochemicals in the environment is beyond reason and they are the cause of about 80% of all pollution…plastic being just one product made from petrochemicals.

    Chlorpyrifos, Glyphosate, as well as most of, if not all agriculture chemicals are made from petrochemicals. They are all cancer causing.

    These and other petrochemicals are in our foods, and on our food.

    You’d think that every single medical doctor in the world would protest against every Cancer causing petrochemical having anything to do with our food supply from pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, synthetic medicines and now even synthetic vitamins all made from petrochemicals…cancer

    And why petrochemicals…? Cheap Fast and Easy Profit…!

    Although it is easy to understand why the entire medicine profession does not protest these cancer causing petrochemicals, because a large part of their collective $4 Trillion dollars a year income is from the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

    Funny, doctors rely on cancer causing petrochemicals to make their huge incomes. How do they look their patients in the eye?

    Well toss in the doctors, the hospitals, the petrochemical (oil) companies, and the health (Disease) Insurance companies and you have the most powerful lobbyist gang in all of Washington D.C., donating to our elected officials to pass laws to protect and promote petrochemicals in and on our food resulting in your not only Cancers but also of general health requiring petrochemical medical care but also the reason we have the the Gang of 4 mentioned above.

    While the expense of petrochemicals is your loss of Health, at the same time the profit of petrochemicals is the $4 Trillion dollars a year Imcome made by the medical industry at your friendly hospitals and doctor offices.

    If you believe in medical care, you are praying at the Temple of Petrochemicals…a Cause of Cancer.

    Medical Profits Prevent Educating the Public as to the Causes of Most Diseases killing too many loved ones.

    What you believe in is religion, what you understand is science. If you are only given enough information to believe in medical care then it is the temple you worship with your cash or insurance mandatory donation.

    We deserve BETTER, we deserve education about our bodies and chat we put into them.

    Before looking into outer space, and spending the money on that, how about reveal the truths known about the Causes of gHow about educating keiki and Tutu about their bodies..it is never too late so long as there is natural breath.

    Is somebody afraid to lose their income over the truth about your lack of Health and your condition of Disease.

    80% of Americans take medical, mostly petrochemical, drugs every day.

    Making for A matter of fact sick nation fed petrochemicals daily in and on our food.

    And people are surprised at what we see today?

    Food feeds the body and mind. Petrochemicals are a poison. Most people in America are feeding their bodies and minds with poison, and then are surprised to see there are so many whacked out diseased and dangerous people; much less hospitals, pharmacies, and doctor offices filled with sick people.

    If you do the same thing over and over, don’t expect a different outcome. In today’s world…Petrochemical Drugs are your Future.

    On a side note, Judge Fernandez mentioned the population of Hawaii going from 600,000 people to about 30,000 people in a short time span…there must have been an enormous amount of sadness and grief for the Hawaiian Nation, unimaginable today. And this occurred with the coming of the Christian Missionaries..what temple is it they worshipped at? Followed by an even swifter switch from who had the Bibles to who got the Aina.

    But, That is the same as about 1 out of every 2 people in Hawaii today…500,000 people dropping dead in a short time…loss of 1/2 of every family. Based on Hawaii having over 1,000,000 people.

    To a degree, petrochemicals are impacting Disease in as much as 80% of the current Hawaii population, the same amount, 80%, taking daily drug medications.

    Woe is us…!

    The Question begged, is what can we do about this to restore Health, since the current system actually perpetuates Disease, by petrochemical Treatment and igonoring the Cause.

    The answer is which Temple does one choose to pray at…? Disease…or Health…!

    Mahalo to Judge Fernandez


  2. ralph gordon oswald August 10, 2019 5:43 am Reply

    The big question is, when will Hawaii remove this total embarrassment to our State and the Nation from office?


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