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California to ban controversial pesticide, citing effects on child brain development

California on Wednesday announced plans to ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used toxic pesticide, blamed for harming brain development in babies.

The Washington Post

California announced plans Wednesday to ban the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos, even as federal regulators have allowed the product to remain on the market. State health officials said their decision came amid growing evidence that the pesticide, “causes serious health effects in children and other sensitive populations at lower levels of exposure than previously understood.