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Farmworkers Balk at EPA Move to Reduce Pesticide Spray Buffers

Feb. 13, 2020, 11:34 AM

Farmworker and public health advocates are pushing back on an EPA plan to reduce pesticide spray buffers around farm fields.

In comments posted on regulations.gov, health advocates said the EPA’s proposal to change the federal Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS), announced last October (RIN: 2070-AK49), would allow farmers to spray potentially harmful chemicals right up to the edge of a field, even if it borders nearby houses or public spaces.

“There are a lot of farm workers who live in close proximity to large establishments that spray large amounts of pesticides,” said Amy Liebman, director of the Eastern...

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