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Groups ask NY lawmakers to keep pesticide rules

- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Environmental, health and consumer advocacy groups are pushing back against plans by the Cuomo administration to restructure how pesticides are tracked.

In a letter to legislative leaders, 38 groups protested a proposal in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget that rolls back a requirement that commercial applicators report where pesticides are used. It would replace that with a new reporting requirement that collects pesticide data at the point of sale.

Environmental Advocates and other groups say the changes impede the public's right-to-know about toxic chemicals being used where they live, work and play.

Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said at a budget hearing last month that the intent is to make the data more usable and accessible.

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