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EPA Pesticide Rules Delayed Amid Farm Bill Wrangling

The Trump administration is postponing the release of two farmworker protection proposals that would roll back changes made under former President Barack Obama.
The Environmental Protection Agency will propose changes to the Worker Protection Standard (RIN:2070-AK43) and Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule (RIN:2070-AK37) in January, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget’s regulatory agenda released Oct. 17. The regulatory agenda previously set the changes for September.
They would include lowering the minimum age for pesticide applicators and farmworkers from the current 18 and revising a provision that allowed farmworkers to pick a “designated representative” to obtain pesticide use information on a their behalf. It also would propose modifying rules for placing buffer zones around pesticide-spraying equipment meant to shield farmers from chemicals.
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