The debate over banning chlorpyrifos goes back more than 13 years. ... Maryland Senate votes to ban pesticide chlorpyrifos. The Maryland Senate has voted to ban a pesticide that has been found to damage children’s brain development. Growers will not be able to possess or use chlorpyrifos products in the state after December 31, 2020. Faced with another court-mandated deadline, the Trump EPA again refused to ban chlorpyrifos in 2019. ... the insecticide has been banned in the European Union since early 2020; ... Chlorpyrifos … On November 2, 2020, the Ministry of Public Health published the Notification on Food Containing Pesticide Residues in the Royal Gazette to ban paraquat and chlorpyrifos residues on imported food products. In 2015 the Obama administration said it would ban the pesticide after scientific studies produced by … Many states have already decided to phase out or ban the widely-used agricultural product. Meanwhile, states have been stepping in. Under an agreement between the state and manufacturers, chlorpyrifos will not appear on store shelves after Feb. 6, and farms must use any they have on hand by the end of 2020. “The evidence is clear. In July of 2019 EPA responded to a court deadline by again refusing to ban chlorpyrifos from food. Growers will no longer be allowed to possess or use chlorpyrifos products in California after Dec. 31, 2020. Hawaii and New York will ban the chemical by 2022, and Oregon, Washington, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland all have plans to implement a ban in the future. The maximum residue limits (MRLs) of paraquat and chlorpyrifos will be zero on all products starting on June 1, 2021. Chlorpyrifos was banned under Thai law effective effective from 1 June 2020. Related: UC: Chlorpyrifos ban will affect alfalfa production California issued two risk assessments finding chlorpyrifos unsafe. As of February 6, 2020, it is illegal to sell chlorpyrifos in the state of California and use and possession of chlorpyrifos will be illegal in 2021. Farmers were given 270 days to destroy their stock, while a 90-day deadline was also given to farmers to return the chemicals for destruction, as their possession is considered illegal by the Department of Agriculture. All sales of chlorpyrifos products to growers in California will end on Feb. 6, 2020. Earthjustice’s challenge to that decision was argued in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2020 and we are awaiting a decision. The primary maker of chlorpyrifos, ... business decision to phase out our production of chlorpyrifos in 2020,” the company said in a statement.