Department of Pesticide Regulation's Hearing on Schools Regs Tonight in Salinas

Comment period for Schools Regs is open until December 9

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Final chance to tell DPR in person that kids need better protection at school

The third and final DPR hearing on proposed new regulations to protect school kids from exposure to hazardous agricultural pesticides will take place tonight:

6pm Thursday December 1
Salinas Sports Complex
Exhibition Mall
1034 N. Main Street
Salinas, CA 93906

There will be an opportunity for comment in English, Spanish or indigenous languages. If you would like to comment, please arrive early (5pm) to sign up at the back of the meeting room.

If you comment, please state your name and comment briefly (3 minutes) on why you are concerned about agricultural pesticide use near schools and day care centers, and why large buffer zones enforced at all times are needed for the most toxic pesticides to protect children and staff. 

See you tonight!

DPR's Draft Regulations Fall Far Short
Communities demand one-mile buffer zones

In September, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released draft regulations to better protect school children and staff from hazardous agricultural pesticides used near schools, but there's little relief for communities on the frontlines, and DPR continues to violate its civil rights obligations. 

The draft regs establish statewide, 1/4-mile, part-time buffer zones for schools and daycares in California. The buffer zones will be in effect on schooldays from 6am to 6pm, and apply to fumigants and various drift-prone application methods.  

But DPR's proposed part-time, 1/4-mile buffer zones won't come close to adequately protecting kids or staff, especially Latino school children:
  • Study after study has shown that pesticides drift far more than 1/4 mile, with the only comprehensive, national report of drift-related pesticide poisoning finding that 82% of all pesticide-related cases with information on distance occurred more than 1/4 mile from the application site. 
  • Students and staff engage in many activities that take place on school grounds well outside of 6am-6pm on school days
  • And eight of the ten pesticides most heavily used within 1/4 mile of schools - including pesticides that show evidence of causing cancer, reproductive damage, harm to the brain and nervous system, and asthma and other respiratory problems - persist in the environment for more than a weekAnd even low-level exposure to many of these pesticides is linked to significant childhood health harms.
  • And Latino school children are disproportionately affected, being almost twice as likely as white children to attend schools near the heaviest agricultural pesticide use.

Can't make it to Salinas? Send in a written comment
Public comment period ends December 9

Send your written comments to or by fax to 916-324-1491. 

Need help with your written comments? Email Gina Hervey at