“The pesticide, which belongs to a class of chemicals developed as a nerve gas made by Nazi Germany, is now found in food, air and drinking water,” said Nicholas Kristof, Op-Ed columnist at the New York Times. “Human and animal studies show that it damages the brain and reduces I.Q.s while causing tremors among children. It has also been linked to lung cancer and Parkinson’s disease in adults.”
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered health effects after handling or being exposed to chlorpyrifos pesticide, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Maryland Joins Lawsuit Against EPA for Not Banning Chlorpyrifos
August 23, 2019 – Maryland is the latest state to enter into a lawsuit accusing the EPA of allowing chlorpyrifos to remain on the U.S. market despite significant evidence of its potential health risks, particularly to children, according to The Sentinel. The other states acting as plaintiffs in the suit are California, New York, Washington, Massachusetts and Vermont.
What is Chlorpyrifos?
Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide, or pesticide, made of white or colorless crystals. The chemical is used to control many different kinds of pests including termites, mosquitoes, and roundworms. Chlorpyrifos was first registered by Dow Chemical Co. as an insecticide in 1965, and the EPA re-registered it in 2006, according to National Geographic. The insecticide became widely-used almost immediately after its introduction, as it proved to be a highly effective deterrent to nearly all insects. Chlorpyrifos has been sprayed extensively by homeowners, farmers, golf courses and municipalities all across the U.S. and around the world.
What’s the Problem?
According to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), chlorpyrifos can be harmful if it is touched, inhaled, or eaten. The Environmental Protection Agency’s own experts have linked chlorpyrifos to a wide range of severe, potentially life-threatening health problems in children and adults, according to the Workplace Health and Safety Journal.
How Does the Pesticide Work?
Chlorpyrifos contains a neurotoxic organophosphate (OP) insecticide that blocks an enzyme which controls messages that travel between nerve cells. When the enzyme is blocked, the nervous system can’t send normal signals. This causes the nervous system to malfunction, eventually killing the pest.
How Could I Be Exposed?
People can be exposed to chlorpyrifos by eating it, inhaling it, or getting it on the skin or in the eyes, according to the NPIC. You could also be exposed to chlorpyrifos if you apply products containing the pesticide, either as part of your job or around your home.
Chlorpyrifos Side Effects
Serious side effects of chlorpyrifos in children may include:
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Brain damage
- Low IQ
- Developmental problems
- Neurological problems
In adults, long-term exposure to chlorpyrifos may cause the following serious side effects:
- Lung cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- And more
(Courtesy National Resources Defense Council, Inc.)
Who Makes Chlorpyrifos?
There are currently 5 main companies that manufacture Chlorpyrifos, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry. They are Dow AgroSciences LLC, FMC Corporation (formerly Cheminova A/S), Adama Agricultural Solutions (formerly Makhteshim Agan Industries or “MAI”), Garda and Platte Chemical Co. Of these, Dow is by far the biggest worldwide manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, which is handled by its subsidiary, Dow Chemical Company.
Why Isn’t Chlorpyrifos Banned?
Chlorpyrifos was banned from indoor home use in 2001, but the insecticide continues to be used in agricultural fields, with an estimated 8 million pounds applied annually, according to the Pesticide Action Network (PAN). The EPA in July 2019 announced that it would not ban chlorpyrifos, with many blaming the decision on a Trump Administration agenda focused on weakening the regulation of toxic chemicals, according to The New York Times.
Symptoms of Chlorpyrifos Exposure (Short-Term)
- Runny nose
- Increased saliva
- Abdominal muscle cramps
- Muscle twitching
- Loss of coordination
(Courtesy National Pesticide Information Center)
Chlorpyrifos Brand Names
Chlorpyrifos is contained in the following brand name products:
EPA Won’t Ban Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Children: PBS NewsHour Video
Newsome Files Accusations Against Dow, Starts Proceedings to Eliminate Chlorpyrifos from California
August 22, 2019 – The Newsom administration last week filed accusations against Dow and other chlorpyrifos manufacturers, formally beginning the proceedings to cancel chlorpyrifos’ registration in California, according to the Los Angeles Times. The filing comes on the heels of EPA’s most recent refusal to take federal action on the pesticide.
Newsom also recently announced formation of a multi-sectoral work group, convened by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop a statewide plan to support an approach to farming that is less dependent upon dangerous chemicals like chlorpyrifos.
6 States Sue EPA for Not Banning Chlorpyrifos
August 16, 2019 – A half dozen states have filed a lawsuit against the EPA over its decision to allow further use of chlorpyrifos, according to The Hill. California, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland and Vermont argued in court documents that the pesticide should be removed immediately due to the potential health risks associated with it.
“A chlorpyrifos ban is long overdue given the overwhelming evidence that says this pesticide harms brain development in children,” said Tracy Gregoire, project coordinator at the Learning Disabilities Association of America. “We are hopeful the courts will side with children who are now being exposed to irreparable, yet preventable harm.”
EPA fired back by claiming that those challenging the use of chlorpyrifos did not have enough information to demonstrate the product is unsafe, and that it would continue to review safe data on the insecticide through 2022.
“Registration review is a comprehensive, scientific and transparent process that will further evaluate the potential effects of chlorpyrifos,” the agency said in a statement to The Hill. “EPA has also been engaged in discussions with the chlorpyrifos registrants that could result in further use limitations.”
California to Remove Chlorpyrifos Despite EPA Decision
California regulators in August 2019 took formal steps to ban chlorpyrifos statewide, despite the pesticide being rescued from elimination by the EPA and Trump administration, according to the Los Angeles Times. In 2017 alone, nearly 1 million pounds of chlorpyrifos was sprayed on crops in California, making it the nation’s largest consumer of the insecticide, according to state data.
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to chlorpyrifos. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you’ve been injured by chlorpyrifos, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have a Chlorpyrifos Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in chlorpyrifos lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has suffered health effects after handling or being exposed to chlorpyrifos pesticide, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.