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EPA Delays Implementation of Pesticide Applicators Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would delay implementation of the Pesticide Applicators rule. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens says the action follows his recommendation to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during a meeting to delay the rule. Greitens says the recommendation was made at the request of Missouri farmers and ranchers. The move, according to the Missouri Governor, proved “the old way of doing business at the EPA is over and done with.” Pruitt said the EPA would delay the rule for 12 months.

The Pesticide Applicators Rule would establish a minimum age of 18 and stricter training requirements for people who apply restricted-use pesticides. The extended timeline, according to Pruitt, will give the EPA more time to consult with states and receive feedback from farmers and ranchers about the rule.

Source: NAFB News Service

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