Air Monitoring Activities

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Most of the Department of Pesticide Regulation's (DPR's) air program activities focus on individual pesticides, but some projects focus on multiple pesticides in selected communities. DPR also monitors air, water, and other media when pesticides are applied by government agencies for exotic pests in residential areas.

  • DPR air monitoring network
    In 2011, DPR established a monitoring network to sample ambient air for multiple pesticides in multiple communities on a regular schedule, over several years.
  • Air Monitoring Reports
  • Lompoc (Full Report, PDF)
    In 1997, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) formed the Lompoc Interagency Work Group to help investigate the Lompoc residents' concerns about pesticide use as it relates to community health. DPR has sought answers to whether health symptoms in Lompoc are occurring at a high rate and if so, to determine whether pesticides may be the cause.
  • Parlier
    In 2006, DPR conducted air monitoring in and near Parlier, southeast of Fresno, as part of the CalEPA's Environmental Justice Action Plan.
  • Kettleman City
    In 2010, several state agencies investigated an apparent increase in the number of infants born with birth defects in Kettleman City. DPR conducted air monitoring and computer modeling to evaluate the potential exposure of the community to pesticides. The investigation did not find a specific cause or environmental exposure that would explain the birth defects, including pesticides.
  • Exotic pest projects
    Government agencies use pesticides to eradicate infestations of exotic pests. DPR monitors selected treatments to provide information on pesticide concentrations in air, water, and other media.

For content questions, contact:
Edgar Vidrio
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Phone: (916) 323-2778
E-mail: Edgar.Vidrio@cdpr.ca.gov