The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) extended the public comment period for changes in how pesticides and when pesticides are applied near schools and daycare facilities.
The new deadline of Dec. 9, gives the public more opportunity to weigh in on the issue.
In addition to the extension, DPR added an additional public hearing for in Monterey County. Public hearings have already been scheduled for Ventura and Tulare Counties.
According to DPR, 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 would establish a zone of at least one-quarter mile around schools, set time restrictions for applying crop protection products, and, require farmers to notify schools of the types of products applied to crops in those areas.
Many of these rules are already part of local permit conditions established and enforced by county agricultural commissioners.
Public hearings have been scheduled for the following dates, times, and locations:
- Nov. 15 – 6 p.m. Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, Oxnard Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard.
- Nov. 16 – 6 p.m. Tulare Veterans Memorial Building, 1771 E. Tulare Ave., Tulare.
- Dec. 1 – 6 p.m. Salinas Sports Complex, Exhibition Mall, 1034 N. Main St., Salinas.
All hearings will require the registration of speakers from 5-6 p.m.
Highlights of the proposed regulation can be found at: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/legbills/pesticide_use_near_schools.pdf
Original press release can be found at http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/2016/160929.htm
The full regulation can be found at Proposed and Recently Adopted Regulations.