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EPA Proposes New Pesticide Safety Rule
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Feb 20, 2014 04:08 PM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- A new rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday aims to protect nearly 2 million U.S. farm workers from exposure to pesticides.

The rule, which is expected to be posted in the federal register within the next 10 days, would make a number of changes to federal pesticide handling regulations, to include expanding worker training and farm reporting requirements, and restricting workers under the age of 16 from handling pesticides.

Jim Jones, assistant administrator for EPA's office of chemical safety and pollution prevention, said during a conference call Thursday the changes are long overdue.

"It ...

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