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EPA Pesticide Buffer Rule Change Criticized by Health Advocates

Feb. 13, 2020, 11:56 AM

Farmworker and public health advocates are objecting to a Trump administration plan to reduce pesticide spray buffers around farm fields.

  • The advocates say the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to change the federal Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (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, Adam Allington and Fatima Hussein write.
  • The EPA proposal would also reduce the distance of so-called application exclusion zones for small droplet spray applications from 100 feet down to 25 feet for applications a...
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