Environment & Energy Report

EPA Proposes Looser Pesticide-Spraying Boundaries (1)

Oct. 24, 2019, 5:54 PM

The EPA is proposing changes to rules governing pesticide no-spray buffer zones that would give less protection for laborers around orchards and fields, a farmworker’s group said.

In a document made public Oct. 24, the Environmental Protection Agency said proposed changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard are designed to “simplify” requirements for the so-called Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ), the area surrounding pesticide equipment during outdoor applications.

The changes would make AEZs enforceable only on a farm owner’s property, “where a farm owner can lawfully exercise control over employees and bystanders who could fall within the AEZ,” according to the...

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