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Proposed Agricultural Worker Protection Standard: EPA Needs Your Input

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Comment period extended until August 18, 2014!

On February 20, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed changes to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) to increase protections from pesticide exposure for the nation's 2 million agricultural workers and their families. This is an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day.

We are seeking your input on the proposed changes and rationale in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which published in the Federal Register on March 19, 2014. Comments must be received on or before August 18, 2014. Comments must be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov identified by docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184. Your comments will help EPA determine the final version of this regulation.

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Overview of proposed changes

Proposed changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) include:

Fact sheet of proposed changes (PDF) (1 pg, 123k, About PDF)

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Tips for preparing your comments

We invite you to share your views with us on the proposed changes. Your thoughts on these proposed changes are very important! Your comments will help guide our final decision-making.

First, read about the major areas of change below under "Questions for Your Consideration on Major Areas of Change". Then open the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for full explanations of the changes, our rationale for the proposals, and discussions of alternative considered. Finally, using the tips below, submit your comments.

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When submitting comments, remember to:

Overall, please provide input on the:

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Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184, by one of the following methods:

Comment here!

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Questions for Your Consideration on Major Areas of Change

Given the length of the proposal we want to make it easier for you to locate specific sections that you are interested in and comment on them.

The major sections of the proposal are identified below and follow the format in the Federal Register notice. Under each section, we have posed specific questions that we are seeking your input on:

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