Lawsuit Attempts To Get EPA To Re-evaluate Pesticide Effects On Kids

August 07, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has been hit with a lawsuit over claims it is failing to protect children from crop-dusting pesticide drift. Linda Wells of the Pesticide Action Network says the suit is an effort to get the EPA to re-evaluate the potential harm to kids, especially in rural America.

“Farm workers’ kids and farmers’ kids are the one who are being impacted daily and we want the EPA to evaluate the risk of pesticide-drift exposure for all pesticides, and then limit or prohibit those pesticides based on their evaluation,” Wells said.

Congress had required the EPA to set standards to protect children from pesticides by 2006, but Wells claims progress since that deadline passed is not nearly enough. Arizona law prohibits the spraying of dangerous pesticides within a quarter-mile of a school or day-care.