Environment & Energy Report

EPA Abandons Plans to Roll Back Farmworker Pesticide Protections

Jan. 29, 2019, 7:21 PM

EPA efforts to weaken Obama-era rules protecting farmworkers from pesticide exposure are being abandoned, fulfilling a deal that Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler made with Democratic senators to move along EPA nominations.

Under the deal between Wheeler and the senators, Wheeler agreed to rescind the proposed changes that his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, had pursued. The changes were part of a list of policy demands that Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s ranking Democrat, made in exchange for lifting holds on the confirmation of two EPA political nominees.

EPA recently asked the Office of Management...

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