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Effort to Reduce Pesticide Exposure Gets Funding

Three environmental advocacy groups have received $672,000 to continue for two years a project aimed at reducing pesticide-related health risks to farm workers and those who live near agricultural areas in six counties.

The Central Coast Environmental Health Project was launched in 1998 by the Environmental Defense Center, California Rural Legal Assistance and the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo.

Continued funding for the project came from the California Endowment, the largest health foundation in the state.

“Farm workers and their families continue to be the group of individuals most exposed to toxic pesticides where they work, where they live and where their children go to school,” said Eileen McCarthy, an attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance. “Additional funding from the California Endowment allows CRLA to continue to address pesticide problems on behalf of farm workers along California’s Central Coast.”

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