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Pesticide Protection for Children

A girl walks through a farmfield.

EPA has failed to protect children from pesticides when they drift from treated fields into nearby yards, homes, schools, parks and daycare centers.

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Case Overview

The 1996 Food Quality and Protection Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to take special steps to protect children—including the children of farmworkers—from agricultural chemicals. The agency has failed to do so. Earthjustice is in court to make EPA do its job.

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