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EPA Finalizes Update to Pesticide Application Exclusion Zones

On Thursday, October 29, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a finalized update to requirements for the pesticide application exclusion zone (AEZ.) An AEZ is the area surrounding pesticide application equipment that exists only during outdoor production pesticide applications.
EPA has clarified and simplified the AEZ requirements based in part on input from state pesticide regulatory agencies and agricultural stakeholders after the adoption of the 2015 Worker Protection Standard (WPS) rule. Consistent with the 2018 Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA), EPA is only implementing changes related to the AEZ requirements in the WPS.
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