“Parents Sue Chlorpyrifos Makers Corteva, Dow Over Child’s Autism”

“The farmworker parents of a girl with autism, obesity, and vision problems are suing Dow Chemical Co., Corteva, a California town, and two pesticide application companies, claiming that exposure to the powerful insecticide chlorpyrifos led to her significant health problems.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in California Superior Court for Kings County, parents Carmela Zamora Avila and Reymundo Arciniega Herrara say their daughter Britney, now 13, was exposed to chlorpyrifos in the womb, through contaminated drinking water, from exposed air, and by tainted dust in her home.

Chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to developmental problems in children, was pulled from the residential market in 2000. Starting in January, commercial application in California will be banned for nearly all types of the insecticide.”

Emily C. Dooley reports for Bloomberg Environment October 28, 2020.