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Applying pesticide to crops. Photo: UGA College of Agriculture, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Groups ask NY lawmakers to keep pesticide rules

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.

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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.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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