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Contact: Charlotte Fadipe
October 19, 2016 (16-9)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Update on California Proposed Rules on
Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools and Child Daycare Centers

En Español

(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
           Oxnard Room
           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
           Exhibition Mall
           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.

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