Department of Pesticide Regulation to Hold Important Workshop in El Rio this Wednesday, June 3

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The department intends to use these workshops as listening sessions, and gather input that will later help to craft a statewide regulation about pesticide use near schools. DPR has scheduled the workshops in five counties to largely coincide with the school year. The workshops, which are open to all members of the public, will be held on June 3, 7:00 p.m., at the Rio Mesa High School (Library), 545 Central Ave, Oxnard. CA 93036

SOURCE: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/2015/150429.htm

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will hold a series of statewide public workshops to hear ideas about how to address concerns about the use of pesticides around schools from May 28 – June 9 2015.SPANISH

Many schools have been built on prime agricultural land next to farm operations. Increasingly, teachers, parents and the general public want to know what chemicals are being applied around them.

While there are currently strict regulations on the use of individual pesticides, DPR’s regulatory framework for restricted pesticides also allows County Agricultural Commissioners to establish additional rules to address local conditions through permits. The department is considering whether to adopt some of these rules on a statewide basis, as well as consider other restrictions.

“DPR wants input from the public as it creates a statewide policy that will help mitigate the challenges created by schools being placed close to working farms,” said Brian Leahy, DPR director. “The policy will include minimum statewide requirements that clearly reflect the responsibilities of schools and farmers as agricultural pesticides are applied close to schools.”

In particular the department would like to hear ideas about:
1/ Improving communication through notification to schools of intended applications of certain pesticides. The department is seeking input, for example, on when and under what circumstances such notifications should be made.

2/ Reducing the risk of exposure by requiring additional restrictions on certain pesticides. Among other questions, the department is seeking input on is whether such restrictions should focus on specific application methods and within a certain proximity to the school.

The department intends to use these workshops as listening sessions, and gather input that will later help to craft a statewide regulation about pesticide use near schools. DPR has scheduled the workshops in five counties to largely coincide with the school year. The workshops, which are open to all members of the public, will be held on June 3, 7:00 p.m., at the Rio Mesa High School (Library), 545 Central Ave, Oxnard. CA 93036

 

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