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US groups petition court on EPA drift decision

Environmental and farmworker advocacy groups have asked a federal court to reverse the US EPA's recent decision to reject their call for more stringent safety standards to protect children from pesticide drift. At issue is the EPA's response to a petition filed in October 2009 by Pesticide Action Network (PAN), United Farm Workers and several other advocacy groups (Agrow No 578, p 17). The groups contend that the Agency has failed to protect children from pesticide drift in violation of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), which required the EPA to set standards by 2006 to protect children from "aggregate exposures" to pesticides.

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