The Environmental Protection Agency is allowing the continued use of azinphos-methyl and phosmet, two highly dangerous agricultural chemicals that attack human nervous systems and can cause death. Earthjustice represents farmworkers and others to halt the use of the chemicals. In April 2005, the United States Supreme Court upheld the right of people to sue pesticide maufacturers to compensate for injuries caused by toxic pesticides. Earthjustice Managing Attorney Patti Goldman was the chief author of the friend of the court brief.
After 22 years since the last revision, the Environmental Protection Agency introduced new rules to safeguard farmworkers from pesticides exposure by increasing the frequency of mandatory pesticide training and the establishment of buffer zones. However, the new rules fall short as they don’t require worker medical monitoring, sets 16 as the minimum age to handle pesticides, and eliminate a requirement for growers to centrally display information of the pesticides being applied.