Weigh in on New Regulations for Pesticide Use Near Schools

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is accepting written comments and holding three public hearings on proposed rules that will more strictly regulate pesticide applications near schools.

The new rules restrict pesticide applications to ¼ mile or 25 feet from school sites between the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, the distance depending on the application method and the type of pesticide. Property owners must provide both annual and application-specific notification to schools in advance of all pesticide applications.

Read the text of the rules. Learn more about DPR’s analysis of the rules.

The public can submit oral or written comments on the rules at the following meetings:

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.*
Place: Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center
Oxnard Room
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, CA 93030

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.*
Place: Tulare Veterans Memorial Building
1771 E. Tulare Avenue
Tulare, CA 93274

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.*
Place: Salinas Sports Complex Exhibition Mall
1034 N. Main Street
Salinas, CA 93906

*Speaker registration will occur between 5:00 – 6:00 pm at each location.

Written comments are due by December 9, 2016, addressed to the following agency contact:

Linda Irokawa-Otani, Regulations Coordinator
Department of Pesticide Regulation
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, California 95812-4015
Phone: 916-445-3991
E-mail: dpr16004@cdpr.ca.gov
Fax: 916-324-1491