Several states are suing the EPA for eliminating their safety training requirements for workers handling pesticides. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this.


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Mike Papantonio:             Several states are suing the EPA for eliminating their safety training requirements for workers handling pesticides. Used to be a law to where if you had workers that were working around pesticides that maybe wouldn’t kill them that day, that would kill them 10 years from now, you had a duty to have a training program, and to say look, this is Roundup for example.

You may think Roundup is safe, Roundup is not safe. Roundup will cause cancer, it will cause neurological disease and you need to know that. They had the requirement of giving the whole story, good and bad, and now of course, this idiot, Scott Pruitt. The idiot of all idiots working as somebody in control of our government says, no we’re going to do away with that.

Farron Cousins:                  See this was actually a great rule put in place by HW Bush back in ’92, and like you said it was basically just hey, if you’re going to handle these pesticides or herbicides, or other industrial farm chemicals you have to, one, we tell you the whole story but two, we show you and provide training on how to properly do it, and get it off of whatever clothing you’re wearing so that you don’t take it home and poison your kids, or your wife or husband or whoever.

And Scott Pruitt came along and said, huh, you know I don’t think we need to teach these people who most of them obviously didn’t go to college, they don’t speak English hardly all, here’s a container that you wear on your back of toxic pesticides go have at it.

Mike Papantonio:             And it will be 10 years, 15 years before you die, by then Scott Pruitt will be gone.

Farron Cousins:                  We’ve already deported you.

Mike Papantonio:             You’re deported, living in Cantina Mexico. You have no idea really what’s going to happen to your family.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.