The EPA has granted a request by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to delay the effective date of revisions to the Worker Protection Standard until such time that EPA has issued training materials, and enforcement guidance to allow NASDA to effectively and successfuly enforce the WPS revisions.
The text of EPA’s letter is below:
Barbara P. Glenn, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
May 11, 2017
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
4350 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Dear Ms. Glenn:
On February 17, 2017, you requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
issue “a public notice to formally extend the implementation of all revised provisions to the
Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) … until at least January 2, 2018, or until
adequate enforcement guidance, educational materials, and training resources have been
completed and the state lead agencies have the tools, time, and resources necessary to
effectively implement the rule changes and assist the regulated community with compliance
activities.” After careful evaluation, the EPA believes it appropriate to grant your request
to extend the implementation of all revised provisions to the Agricultural Worker
Protection Standard (WPS) until the necessary guidance and training have been completed
which would allow state lead pesticide agencies to successfully implement the rule changes. We
will soon begin the regulatory process to formally extend the compliance date for all revised
provisions of the WPS. We will keep you informed of our progress.
We appreciate your concern regarding this issue and look forward to working with our state and
tribal regulatory partners on this important work.
If you have further questions, please contact me or Kevin Keany in the EPA ‘s Office of Pesticide
Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703)-305-5557.
Acting Assistant Administrator