Farmworkers Lobby Ninth Circuit to Force Ban on Pesticide That’s Toxic to Children

Farmworker advocates squared off with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before a remote Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday, arguing the agency’s persistent allowance of the use of pesticide chlorpyrifos is illegal and hurting the neurological development of children.

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Cattle Quarantine

The Fifth Circuit upheld the dismissal of cattle owners’ claim for damages against the federal government relating to the loss of livestock during a temporary fever tick quarantine. The owners claimed the government negligently rounded up the cattle using chutes and roping, and improperly applied an insecticide. The claims are barred by the quarantine exception to the Federal Tort Claims Act, the court ruled. 

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Louisiana Pelicans Recover, Along With Their Island

Nearly wiped out by agricultural pesticides in the 1950s, Louisiana’s state bird the brown pelican has made a tremendous comeback. Now, thanks to 150,000 cubic yards of Mississippi River sand and help from $18.7 million of BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement for the catastrophic oil spill a decade ago, one of the pelicans’ essential nesting grounds is also coming back.

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