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March 27, 2018

SPH Assistant Professor Devon Payne-Sturges (MIAEH) wrote a letter to the editor of the Baltimore Sun about Maryland’s failure to ban the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos. The chemical was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2015, but the ban was reversed early in the Trump administration.

Dr. Payne-Sturges writes in her letter, “Golf course and agriculture representatives say they want to keep chlorpyrifos as an option ‘in their toolbox.’ But entomologists say plenty of far safer pesticide alternatives exist, and even golf course and agriculture literature recommend alternatives.” 

She continues, “There’s a reason why DDT, PCBs, lead in paint and other harmful chemicals have been banned in our country – and as history has shown, actions taken to protect public health often come too late. There is simply no justification for this dangerous pesticide to be used in Maryland or elsewhere.”

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