ECOWATCH: “Trump’s EPA Won’t Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide”

“Siding with pesticide corporations over the health and well-being of kids is the new normal at the EPA. Today’s decision underscores the sad truth that as long as the Trump administration is in charge, this EPA will favor the interests of the chemical lobby over children’s safety.”

Ken Cook – President, Environmental Working Group

 

President Donald Trump‘s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not ban the agricultural use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide that the EPA’s own scientists have linked to brain damage in children.

The decision, announced Thursday, was a response to a petition from public health and environmental groups who had pushed for a ban. The agency ruled that “critical questions remained regarding the significance of the data” on the pesticide’s health effects.

The ruling is the latest in a series of Trump EPA decisions that weaken chemical safety rules. In April, it opted against a full ban on asbestos in favor of restrictions that critics say could usher in new uses. Also this year, it issued restrictions on a paint-stripping chemical that were weaker than a ban proposed during the Obama years. Finally, just last week, it widely expanded the use of the pesticide sulfoxaflor, which its own scientists have shown can harm bees.

“Siding with pesticide corporations over the health and well-being of kids is the new normal at the EPA,” Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook said in a statement. “Today’s decision underscores the sad truth that as long as the Trump administration is in charge, this EPA will favor the interests of the chemical lobby over children’s safety.”

The EPA’s decision came after a federal court ordered the agency to make a final call on the ban by mid-July. Chlorpyrifos has been banned for home use since 2000, but farmers have continued to spray it on crops like apples, strawberries, broccoli and corn. The Obama administration had initiated a ban on agricultural uses of the pesticide, but Trump’s EPA reversed it, setting off a legal battle with environmental advocates. In the absence of federal action, states have moved against the pesticide on their own. Hawaii became the first state to ban chlorpyrifos in 2018, and California announced it would ban the chemical in May. New York is also moving towards a ban.

Research has linked chlorpyrifos exposure to lower IQ, memory loss, breathing problems and increased risk of autism in babies born to mothers who lived near farms where it was sprayed.

“What we have with chlorpyrifos is multiple academic research projects that have shown that actual children who actually live in California are being harmed by this chemical,” said Center for Environmental Health senior scientist Caroline Cox. “It’s pretty rare that you have that kind of evidence for any toxic chemical.”

So how was the EPA able to decide that the science wasn’t conclusive? The ruling was a direct consequence of former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt‘s decision to limit the kinds of studies that regulators could use to make decisions.

Under Mr. Pruitt, the agency proposed a rule saying it could not consider scientific researchunless the raw data behind it was made public, saying the issue was a matter of transparency. Scientists argued that studies measuring human exposure to pesticides and other chemicals often rely on confidential health information and argued the E.P.A.’s real motivation was to restrict the ability to develop regulations.

In opting not to ban chlorpyrifos, the E.P.A. rejected a major study conducted by Columbia University on its effects on children in New York City. The E.P.A. said because it was unable to obtain the raw data and replicate that study, which linked the insecticide to developmental delays, it could not independently verify the conclusions.

The 12 groups who brought the petition against the EPA vowed to keep fighting.

“We will continue to fight until chlorpyrifos is banned and children and farmworkers are safe from this dangerous chemical,” they said in a joint statement reported by Earthjustice, the legal organization that represented the groups.

Former senior EPA attorney Kevin Minoli thought that federal courts would ultimately rule in favor of a ban.

“To me, this starts the clock on the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops in the US.”

 

~via EcoWatch.com

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ASCENSION AVATAR: “Wings In The Sky…”

I laugh at this title… where else would wings be but in the sky?  Here in the sparsely populated Oregon town I live, Saturday and Sunday were what I’d call ‘magical’ days, as you can see by the clouds and sylphs in these photos… many were manifesting as ‘angels’ or ‘faces’ (‘human’ and ‘animal’) and some even look like symbols or writing (I’m saving the ‘faces’ pics for a later post). There was not a single visible chemtrail on either day, so what you see is, the ‘Will of God’?  In this mountainous ‘bowl’ during peak tourist and camping season with an RV park nearby, I’m lucky if there’s a cellular signal at all to blog with… which is why it’s taken so long to upload these photos… so enjoy, and watch for the next photo series, “Faces In The Sky…”

 

Photos by Ascension Avatar – July 13-14, 2019

“Wings In The Sky…”

 

ASCENSION AVATAR: “Soft ‘n Sylphy Critters In The Sky…”

It’s nice to look out the window and instead of chemtrails, seeing ‘cute little critters’ like these sylphs… floating dreamily in the skies like butterflies… It’s a beautiful day… ☁️ ☀️

 

Photos by Ascension Avatar – July 12, 2019

“Soft ‘n Sylphy Critters In The Sky…”

 

Note: Photos taken using iPhone 10. When the skies are clear here they are an amazing azure blue (‘reflections’ of the nearby lake). I tried posting this yesterday, but the signals were too weak by 11 AM (tourists!)… Enjoy 🙂

 

ASCENSION AVATAR: “The Angels Are Coming! The Angels Are Coming!…”

Okay, so they’re just clouds, beautiful clouds… but I love beautiful clouds! ☁️ What do I not love? The fact it’s the weekend and tourists are arriving in droves… which means the signals are fading… fading… so I pray to the Sylph-Gods I get these posted today… 🙏

 

Photos by Ascension Avatar – 6/14/2019

“The Angels Are Coming! The Angels Are Coming!…”

 

ASCENSION AVATAR: “Kuan Yin in the Sky?”

Just today I listened to Unleashing Natural Humanity’s “Cedar Tavern Round Table: 6/10/19” — With Eric Raines, Barbara Buck & Matthew Mournian, in which Eric mentioned seeing the masculine counterpart of ‘goddess’ Kuan Yin (Lao Tzu) in the form of a cloud, recently while with a client. So, this evening while the sun was setting over the mountains above my home here in Oregon, I was looking through one of the front room windows… and lo and behold… there was the profile of Kuan Yin herself… appearing serenely radiant and golden (the sun was right behind her ‘face’)… and she’d even brought along her ‘cute little pet dragon’… floating freely in front of her. Now, anyone who knows me knows I’m very grounded and practical and am not prone to delude myself with ‘fantasies’… nor do I aggrandize ‘Kuan Yin’ or any other archetypal entities ‘out there’ in any way, but this was just uncanny. Below are four ‘Kuan Yin’ photos… plus a few other ‘critters’ across the horizon. Enjoy.

 

Photos by Ascension Avatar – June 12, 2019

“Kuan Yin in the Sky… with Friends”