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A regulation mandating more training and safeguards for people using the most toxic pesticides has been delayed for one year by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA said it was going “back to basics” by delaying the Obama-era rule – another part of the EPA’s new effort to “enhance economic growth,” the agency said in its Tuesday announcement.

The Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators (C&T) rule would have established a minimum age for handling the tightly-controlled poisons, required more training and more frequent certifications for the approximately 1 million applicators who are allowed to use the restricted use pesticides (RUPs), and tightened overall controls on insecticides, pesticides and other substances.

The EPA is equally concerned about industry’s welfare as they are about ecological safety, they said in their statement.

“In order to achieve both environmental protection and economic prosperity, we must give the regulated community, which includes farmers and ranchers, adequate time to come into compliance with regulations,” said Scott Pruitt, the EPA Administrator.

The rule already had five years of transition built into its framework: three years for developing revised certification plans, and two years for EPA review.

The RUPs include dangerous chemicals like cyanide capsules, and are not available to the public at large.

The EPA, in its statement on the year-long delay, touted a meeting with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens last month as prompting the year-long delay of the regulation.

Greitens enthusiastically lauded that “the old way of doing business at the EPA is over and done with.”

“I’m grateful for this new leadership, and look forward to continuing to work with this administration to curb regulations that are killing jobs and hurting our farmers,” said Greitens. “It’s time for government to get out of the way and let our farmers farm.”

However, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture said they were ultimately in favor of the increased regulations – but thankful for their delayed implementation.

“While we are supportive of the final rule released in January, states are facing a range of ongoing logistical, resource, and capacity challenges,” said Barbara Glenn, CEO of NASDA. “Extending the certification timeline will help alleviate some of those challenges by allowing states to work with our EPA partners to ensure adequate training resources and compliance assistance activities.”

The EPA had been working on the rule’s framework since the 1990s, according to the agency.

The EPA has recently touted rolling back regulations under a “Back to Basics” agenda under Pruitt, who came to national political prominence while Oklahoma’s attorney general by suing the agency he now runs 14 times.

President Donald Trump promised to keep rolling back regulations in his weekly address on social media last week.

“We have removed one job-killing regulation after another – they’re not pretty, and they’re going,” said Trump. “And believe me, we are just getting started on regulations. They’re gone.”

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