The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the Nat­­ional Association of State De­partments of Agriculture (NASDA) have petitioned the En­­vironmental Protection Agency (EPA) to delay the Jan. 2 start date of its worker protection safety (WPS) rule.

However, the agency said late last week that it planned to implement the rule as scheduled.

The groups cited EPA violations of federal law as well as incomplete and undelivered compliance and enforcement tools to support their petition.

According to the joint petition to ...