Trump EPA removes tool states use to protect farmworkers, environment

Investigate Midwest discusses Trump EPA removes tool states use to protect farmworkers, environment.

The Trump Administration took a step on Friday to severely weaken state regulation of pesticides, taking away a tool that state regulatory officials say helps protect farmworkers and the environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would no longer allow state pesticide regulators to use special local needs (SLN) labels under Section 24(c) of the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, the nation’s top law regulating pesticides, to restrict how pesticides are sprayed.

For decades, states have used these labels to restrict how pesticides are sprayed in order to meet local conditions, including to limit spraying of pesticides to certain times of year or weather conditions or adding training requirements.

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