EPA chief under fire for allowing Dow pesticide after meeting with the company’s CEO


A U.S. senator is demanding answers after news broke that Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), met privately with the CEO of Dow Chemical in March — just weeks before Pruitt rejected a petition to ban the company’s pesticide.

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Chlorpyrifos  — which is sprayed on U.S. crops like corn, wheat, and strawberries — can potentially cause impaired brain function in children and lead to acute poisoning of farm workers, according to the EPA’s own scientists. Dow Chemical says the science is inconclusive. Read more…

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