Environment & Energy Report

Lawsuits Allege Illegal Delay of Farm Worker Training Requirements (1)

May 30, 2018, 7:58 PMUpdated: May 30, 2018, 9:59 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to publish training materials for agricultural workers is putting those workers at risk of pesticide exposure and poisoning, according to a pair of lawsuits filed May 30.

Rural and migrant farm worker-safety advocates based in Oregon and New York claim in their complaint, filed in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York, that EPA failed to trigger enhanced worker safety protections for farm workers and agricultural pesticide handlers in violation of federal law. The advocates are led by the Rural & Migrant Ministry, a Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based nonprofit group.


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