Assessing the Effectiveness of Executive Order 12898: Environmental Justice for All?
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2003
2002 by the American Society for Public Administration
Public Administration Review
Volume 62, Issue 6, pages 679–687, November/December 2002
How to Cite
Murphy–Greene, C. and Leip, L. A. (2002), Assessing the Effectiveness of Executive Order 12898: Environmental Justice for All?. Public Administration Review, 62: 679–687. doi: 10.1111/1540-6210.00250
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2003
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2003
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This article examines several federal and state laws, such as the Worker Protection Standards and the Florida Pesticide Law, to determine whether the goals of these laws are being achieved in the State of Florida. A survey based on questions pertaining to various laws was used to gather data on farm workers in three South Florida counties. Face–to–face interviews were conducted with farm workers in Palm Beach and Indian River counties, Florida, in 1997 and in Collier County, Florida, in 1999.
Overall, the findings indicate that farm workers in South Florida have been exposed to pesticides through direct or indirect spraying. The findings of the study reveal that federal and state laws—currently in place to protect the workers from pesticide exposure—are not effectively implemented, and farm workers are uninformed of the laws that exist to protect them from pesticide exposure.
The study concludes with policy recommendations that will improve the implementation and enforcement of the current laws, which are designed to protect farm workers from pesticide exposure.