The Worker Protection Standard (“WPS”) is a federal regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in 1992 under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to protect farmworkers from the effects of exposure to pesticides. The WPS requires agricultural employers to take certain protective measures to reduce the risk of illness or injury to workers and handlers resulting from exposures to pesticides used to produce agricultural plants on agricultural establishments (i.e., farms, forests, nurseries and enclosed space production facilities such as greenhouses).Read More
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In 2015, the Montgomery County Council passed a bill prohibiting the use of certain pesticides on private and county-owned properties. The bill limited the use of pesticides registered with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), only allowing pesticides listed by the county for non-essential cosmetic purposes. The bill exempts agricultural applications. The court found that Maryland state law preempted the bill, but the county may appeal this decision.Read More