CRLA Protects Valley Residents from Toxic Drift

Map of California indicating San Joaquin Valley's area affected by  the toxic drift.

California Rural Legal Assistance along with the Law Offices of Michael Freund have reached a settlement worth $135,000 for ten farm workers who filed a lawsuit against a Central Valley orchard owner after they were exposed to pesticide drift. While working in an adjacent field, the farm workers were exposed to a dangerous pesticide by the neighboring orchard owner that caused symptoms including vomiting, nausea, skin irritation and difficulty breathing.

The health of farm workers is disproportionally threatened by toxic drifts, given that they often live and work in such close proximity to areas frequently sprayed with pesticides. Exposure to pesticides can have severe and lasting effects on the health of anyone who comes in contact with sprayed pesticides. This win for the effected farm workers marks a victory for all valley farm workers and rural residents, because it reinforces the importance of compliance with California laws and sets the tone for a healthier future.

Read CRLA's Official Press Release for the GENERAL PUBLIC
Read CRLA's Official Press Release for FARMWORKERS

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