Great News From the EPA

Before, I have spoken about the dangers of pesticides and the children using them in farms. Now action is being taken. So hopefully, we’ll hear fewer of these stories in the future. On September 29th, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced stronger regulations aimed at protecting farmworkers from pesticides. For the first time, the EPA’s Agricultural Worker Protection Standard will ban children under 18 from handling pesticides in fields where they work and from re-entering fields where pesticides have recently been sprayed. The new rules will also improve pesticide safety training and protective equipment. These changes are long overdue, and advocates spent more than two decades pushing the EPA to act. But at least, finally something was done. I was very happy to hear the EPA will be acting on this topic. It seems all of the advocacy we and many other organizations have been doing really got to them. Just think about it. Children's lives will be safer, and that is all we can hope for. How do you feel about this news?

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