The AP reports federal laws meant to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure aren’t working, and the process to investigate incidents does little punish offenders or help those who fall ill:
An Associated Press review of federal and state enforcement data and other records revealed that the pesticide-safety system is riddled with problems: Investigations often take years to complete and result in few penalties. Written warnings are common, fines rare. Compliance is sometimes voluntary, not required. And worker anonymity can be compromised, making employees reluctant to report violations.
Although tougher protection measures are set to go into effect in 2017, the AP warns the new rules will still rely on a flawed system in which those enforcing pesticide-safety laws are the same agencies promoting agricultural industries.
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