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Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act

Center for Food Safety

The Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act (PACTPA) is the most robust pesticide legislation proposed since the inception of the EPA. It was designed to target the most egregious problems with pesticide regulation in the United States. Each section of PACTPA addresses a specific loophole or class of pesticide that has proven especially dangerous to human and environmental health. 

Briefly, the legislation would:  

  • Prevent the EPA from allowing dangerous pesticides to remain on the market indefinitely without review;
  • Suspend the use of dozens of dangerous pesticides banned in the European Union or Canada until the EPA reviews the safety of these pesticides;
  • Close loopholes in FIFRA that allow the pesticide industry to obtain annual "emergency" approvals and "conditional" approvals without providing scientific evidence of safety;
  • Ban neonicotinoid pesticides, which are contributing significantly to the rapid decline of pollinators;
  • Ban the organophosphate class of pesticides, which contain chemicals like chlorpyrifos and malathion, that have been linked to brain damage in children.
  • And more! Continue reading here >>

PACTPA is not only the most robust pesticide reform proposed in FIFRA's history, but a bill that is greater than the sum of its parts. Each section provides important change, but together they tackle the systemic problem of pesticide regulation. For decades, pesticide law has favored the pesticide industry. Under PACTPA, the balance would shift to prioritize the health and safety of people and the environment over industry profits. 

This reform is extremely necessary—under the current system, people and ecosystems are dying from pesticide exposure. We cannot remain in the status quo. We need pesticide reform in order to protect ourselves, pollinators, and the environment. We support PACTPA as the best way to implement those protections, but this groundbreaking legislation needs co-sponsors to help it be made into law! 

Take action and ask your members of Congress to support the Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act >>

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