In March, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly appointed chief, Scott Pruitt, denied the agency’s own proposal to ban the agricultural use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that causes brain damage — an early demonstration of the Trump administration’s dubious commitment to relaxing all environmental regulations.

“The pesticide, largely manufactured by a subsidiary of DowChemical, is classified as a neurotoxin by the Center for Disease Control and is known to interfere with human hormones,” says Luna.

Eight senators, however, are fighting back. Tom Udall of New Mexico, who first introduced the bill, and seven other co-sponsors, including California senator Kamala Harris, are firmly behind the Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2017.

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