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State’s ‘Short-term Fix’ for Brain-Damaging Pesticide Falls Short

State’s ‘Short-term Fix’ for Brain-Damaging Pesticide Falls Short

Sacramento: Under intensifying pressure from a large coalition of health, education and environmental justice advocates, state regulators today announced a set of interim recommended measures aimed at limiting exposure to the hazardous organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos, known to cause permanent brain damage in young children. But the measures fall far short of the ban many are […]

State agency fails to protect vulnerable communities from pesticide exposure

State agency fails to protect vulnerable communities from pesticide exposure

    Oxnard, CA: The state agency charged with regulating California’s pesticide industry allows manufacturers to make up their own usage rules, continues to allow a brain-damaging chemical to be used on food crops, is slow to hold applicators accountable when workers are poisoned, and routinely ignores community input in its rulemaking process. That’s according […]

Pesticide Use in Ventura County Near Record High in California

Pesticide Use in Ventura County Near Record High in California

Ventura County applies 15% of entire state’s lung-damaging fumigant  Agricultural pesticide use in California remains at a near-record high, according to dataquietly released this week by the state agency responsible for tracking pesticide use. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) latest numbers paint a grim picture of the state’s continued reliance on vast quantities of […]

New Rule Puts Limits on Pesticide Use Near Schools

New Rule Puts Limits on Pesticide Use Near Schools

Ventura, CA – A new rule announced today [http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/2017/110717.htm] designed to reduce acute exposure to hazardous agricultural pesticides for California schoolchildren and staff was welcomed by parents, teachers and environmental justice advocates, who nevertheless caution that much more is needed to ensure adequate protection for children’s health. The Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) new regulation […]