Trump administration decides to reverse Obama-era pesticide ban to target butterflies

The Obama administration’s ban on a key ingredient of pesticides that are sometimes used to kill off butterflies and other migratory birds was repealed late last week by the Trump administration, leaving it unclear…

Trump administration decides to reverse Obama-era pesticide ban to target butterflies

The Obama administration’s ban on a key ingredient of pesticides that are sometimes used to kill off butterflies and other migratory birds was repealed late last week by the Trump administration, leaving it unclear how protected birds will fare during the ongoing #climatechange crisis, the Associated Press reported.

In April, the Trump administration ordered a review of the pesticide, chlorpyrifos, but did not alter the Obama-era rules that forced companies to keep the pesticide out of the environment.

Chevron, the developer of a new agricultural chemical that uses a lower dose of chlorpyrifos, opposed the Obama-era standards. Late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency changed the official rule, making it harder for anyone to challenge the agency’s decision, the AP reported. In an alarming sign of the increasing dangers to birds, thousands of migratory birds died when Hurricane Maria in September 2017 struck Puerto Rico.

“When it comes to the way we manage pesticide use in agriculture, there are some things that we need to agree to disagree about,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told the AP.

As with most controversial rule changes these days, Pruitt’s change came with a measure of staunch political support from the Trump administration, which said it saw no reason to alter the rule.

Read the full story at the Associated Press.

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