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EPA Finalizes Rules for Pesticide Application Exclusion Zone

On October 27th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the agency finalized important improvements to requirements for the pesticide application exclusion zone (AEZ)—the area surrounding pesticide application equipment that exists only during outdoor production pesticide applications. EPA’s targeted changes improve the enforceability and workability of the AEZ requirements, decrease regulatory burdens for farmers, and maintain critical worker protections. The AEZ requirements are part of EPA’s agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulations.

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