EPA discusses revised standards to protect farm workers’ health

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ALTAMONT, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is stressing the importance of revised standards to protect the health of state farm workers.

The standards were updated for the first time in 24 years. They will strengthen regulations to protect agricultural workers from the risks of toxic pesticides.

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck visited Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont to talk about the importance of the updates as well as the dangers of exposure to pesticides.

“We know that pesticides can cause both short-term damage like respiratory illness, skin rashes, nausea, dizziness, and other problems, and also long-term damage like neurological damage and cancer,” she said.

There are approximately 100,000 farm workers in New York State. The new standards will take effect in January.

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