Advocates Challenge EPA’s Continuing Failure to Protect Children and Families from Hazardous Pesticide Drift
Pesticide Action Network North America
July 24 2013
Advocates Challenge EPA’s Continuing Failure to Protect Children and Families from Hazardous Pesticide DriftPublic interest groups urge immediate pesticide protections in areas where children live, learn and play
San Francisco, CA—Today, a coalition of farmworker, public health, and conservation advocates filed a challenge in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect children from unsafe exposures to toxic pesticides.
The suit seeks an answer to a petition that the advocates filed with the agency in 2009, urging EPA to set safety standards protecting children who grow up near farms from the harmful effects of pesticide drift.
“It is not acceptable that our own government has so little regard for the health of our children,” said Janette Brimmer, an Earthjustice attorney representing the coalition “The government hasn’t even bothered to prepare a response to our requests.”