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EPA Banning Pesticide That Threatens Farm Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says it is ending use of the pesticide endosulfan in the United States.

The chemical is used on some fruits and vegetables as well as cotton. The federal agency said Wednesday that endosulfan can cause nerve damage in farm workers and is also a hazard to wildlife.

Endosulfan is not approved for home use and is not considered a threat to consumers.

The use of endosulfan was limited starting in 2002. The EPA says that further study indicates that it can still be a danger for agricultural workers. The agency is working with the manufacturer
to phase out production.

One of several groups that sued to get the chemical banned, Earthjustice, says it welcomes the action.

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