It's been almost 20 years since the EPA introduced the Worker Protection Standard--the only regulations that protect farmworkers from pesticides. The new guidelines changed industry practices for the better, but have never adequately protected the health and safety of farmworkers and their families. Sign this petition to the EPA, demand that they protect farmworkers now!
In 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced that they would update the WPS to beef up the protections. They released a draft of the proposed update in February, received more than 200,000 public comments and 400 handwritten pleas from farmworkers over the summer and have been stalling ever since.
We propose holding the EPA to a deadline of August 18, 2015--exactly 20 years after the WPS were put in place in 1995--to put these new protections in place. Please sign our friend PAN's letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, because 20 years is too long to go without progress!
Use these sample tweets or create your own:
- "Tell the @EPA @GinaEPA to update the #WPS, because 20 years is too long! #farmworkers #pesticides http://bit.ly/1CDzrEk "
- "Sign @pesticideaction's letter to @GinaEPA so that @EPA updates the #WPS by August 18, 2015: http://bit.ly/1CDzrEk @FWAFL"
- 20 years is too long to go without improving farmworkers' lives, sign @pesticideaction's letter to@EPA: http://bit.ly/1CDzrEk @FWAFL"
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