Environment & Energy Report

EPA’s Inaction on Pesticide Training Draws Watchdog Probe

May 3, 2018, 9:18 PM

EPA regulators haven’t issued a notice that improved training materials are available to prevent farm worker exposure to pesticides. Now the agency’s inspector general wants to know why.

The inspector general’s office said May 2 that it will investigate the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to formally notify companies that they can use the new training materials. Under EPA regulations, the lack of notification frees companies from having to offer the training.

“It’s been available for months now,” Virginia Ruiz, director of occupational and environmental health at Farmworker Justice in Washington, told Bloomberg Environment May 3.

The inspector general wants...

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