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Tell EPA to finalize stronger protections ASAP

The only rule protecting farmworkers from agricultural pesticides is woefully outdated and ineffective. EPA is finally revising the 20-year-old Worker Protection Standard and is taking their time doing it. Our coalition of environmental health groups thinks it has been long enough and we’re giving them a deadline.

Join us in keeping the pressure on EPA to strengthen the Worker Protection Standard and better protect nearly three million farmworkers and their families from the harms of pesticides.



Re: Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions

Dear EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy,

We are grateful for your recognition that protecting farmworkers from the hazards of pesticides must be a priority for your agency.

Last August, you heard directly from farmworkers who went to great lengths to meet with you in Washington, D.C. to highlight the desperate need to update the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). More than 200,000 individuals submitted petitions urging you to strengthen EPA's proposal and finalize it quickly. In addition, more than 400 handwritten comments from farmworkers were hand-delivered to your office.

Now, we are urging you to publish a stronger WPS by August 18, 2015. That is exactly one year after the close of the public comment period on your agency's proposed revisions and 20 years after the WPS was put into effect in 1995.

Taking action to protect farmworkers is both urgent and important. Farmworkers are not adequately protected from on-the-job exposure to harmful chemicals. According to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study, the pesticide poisoning incidence rate among U.S. agricultural workers is 39 times higher than the incidence rate found in all other industries combined.

Twenty years with no change is far too long. We need your leadership to ensure that the WPS truly protects the health and safety of farmworkers and their families. Please adopt a stronger WPS by August 18, 2015.

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