In a \u0022major victory for public health,\u0022 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Thursday ruled the Trump administration illegally blocked a ban on chlorpyrifos—a pesticidelinked to brain development delays in children and nervous systems issues for all people and animals exposed to it—and ordered that it be outlawed within 60 days.\u0022Allowing the use of this toxic chemical is not only irresponsible, it is a crime.\u0022—Hector Sanchez Barba, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement\u0022Children, farmworkers, rural families, and science are all huge winners today,\u0022 responded Kristin Schafer, executive director of Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America. \u0022The court affirmed that EPA\u0026#039;s job is to protect public health, not industry profits.\u0022While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlawed household use of the chemical in 2000, citing concerns about children\u0026#039;s health, it has resisted a ban to stop farmers from spraying chlorpyrifos on crops—which PAN and other pesticide critics have demanded for more than a decade.\u0022Some things are too sacred to play politics with—and our kids top the list,\u0022 asserted Erik Olson of the Natural Resources Defense Council. \u0022The court has made it clear that children\u0026#039;s health must come before powerful polluters.\u0022\u0022Our agricultural fields should be a source of life, not sickness,\u0022 declared Labor Council for Latin American Advancement executive director Hector Sanchez Barba. \u0022Allowing the use of this toxic chemical is not only irresponsible, it is a crime.\u0022\u0022Some things are too sacred to play politics with—and our kids top the list.\u0022—Erik Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council\u0022The people who feed us deserve a safe and healthy workplace,\u0022 added Erik Nicholson, national vice president of United Farm Workers of America. \u0022The EPA has put the women and men who harvest the food we eat every day in harm\u0026#039;s way too long.\u0022Ruling 2-1 in favor of the advocacy groups and state attorneys general who filed suit against the EPA, the panel reprimanded the agency for neglecting its responsibility to the public by stalling the agricultural ban.Judge Jed Rakoff wrote in the opinion (pdf), \u0022The time has come to put a stop to this patent evasion.\u0022 He also slammed the EPA for its \u0022utter failure\u0022 to respond to objections after President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s disgraced former agency chief Scott Pruitt thwarted a decade-long effort to outlaw chlorpyrifos, ignoring research from EPA scientists.In 2016, the EPA was about to ban chlorpyrifos on food crops, but after Trump took office, they illegally delayed the ban. So @NRDC, @Earthjustice, and our partners sued and today we won! https://t.co/egG65WE3BV— NRDC (@NRDC) August 9, 2018It was later revealed that mere weeks before Pruitt delayed the agency\u0026#039;s planned ban on chlorpyrifos in March of 2017, he met with the CEO of Dow Chemical, which has been selling the pesticide since the 1960s and has lobbied against restrictions.\u0022For years corporations like Dow were able to hijack our government to put profit before people.\u0022—Sindy Benavides, League of United Latin American Citizens\u0022For years corporations like Dow were able to hijack our government to put profit before people. But today the court sided with reason. Children and farmworkers have the right to live and work without risk of poisonings,\u0022 concluded Sindy Benavides, chief executive officer at the League of United Latin American Citizens.\u0022Sadly, under this administration,\u0022 remarked PAN\u0026#039;s Shafer, \u0022it takes judges to force our public agencies to stand up to corporate interests and do their jobs.\u0022The victory on Thursday comes a few months after the Hawaii legislature approved the nation\u0026#039;s first state-wide ban on chlorpyrifos, a move that was also widely celebrated by public health experts and advocates. The measure was signed into law by Democratic Gov. David Ige in June.