Update on California Proposed Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools and Child Daycare Centers
916-445-3974 | Charlotte.Fadipe@cdpr.ca.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(SACRAMENTO) – The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has extended the public comment period for a proposed regulation that would give further protections to children when agricultural pesticides are applied close to schools and child daycare facilities. The new deadline of December 9, 2016, gives the public more opportunity to weigh in on the issue.
In addition, DPR has added an additional public hearing that will be held in Monterey County. Public hearings have already been scheduled for Ventura and Tulare Counties.
Many K-12 schools and child daycare facilities are located near farming operations, and increasingly teachers, parents, and the public want to know whether the chemicals being applied could adversely affect them.
The proposed regulation, issued after extensive public input, would provide an extra measure of protection to these sites from the risk of short-term pesticide exposure. The regulation would also provide advance notification when certain pesticides are applied, so as to increase communication between growers and schools or child daycare facilities, and help them in responding to inquiries and potential incidents.
Public hearings have been scheduled for the dates, times, and locations stated below to receive oral or written comments regarding the proposed changes.
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, California 93030
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Tulare Veterans Memorial Building
1771 E. Tulare Avenue
Tulare, California 93274
Date: December, 1, 2016
Time: 6.00 p.m.
Place: Salinas Sports Complex
1034 N. Main Street
Salinas, California 93906
For all hearings, the registration of speakers will be conducted at the location of the hearing from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.