The EPA's account of a meeting on worker safety and pesticides? Distorted, stakeholders say.

Health and farmworker groups that participated in a Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee meeting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in November say the agency knowingly distorted the groups' views on key safety initiatives in its public summary of the event. Additionally, they say EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt downplayed concerns on issues—such as ways to mitigate worker exposures to dangerous pesticides and a minimum age for handling them—in notes summarized for New Mexico senator Tom Udall. As for the call to ban the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, Pruitt left out the groups' opinions altogether. (They’re for the ban, btw.) In a letter, the safety advocates questioned whether Pruitt simply used their participation in the meeting to justify pushing his own “predetermined political narrative.”

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