Children, Schools & Pesticides

Study on Agricultural Pesticides Near Schools concluded

This study methodology does not attempt to measure school-children’s exposures to pesticides and, therefore, study results cannot be used to predict possible health impacts.  Additional information would be needed regarding chemical decay, trans-port, and routes of exposure, all of which are beyond the scope of this report. However, the study methodology and results can help guide current and future pesticide monitoring and exposure assessment efforts — such as air monitoring, soil sampling, and biomonitoring — as well as epidemiologic studies.  We also hope the study methodology and results will be used by school officials, local environmental and public health officials, county agricultural commissioners, pesticide regulators, exposure assessment scientists, and others to inform policies that may impact public health, such as school-siting decisions and pesticide application permitting regulations.  Overall, we found that the data and technology exist to accurately and efficiently assess pesticide use near potentially sensitive populations with a high degree of geographic resolution. However, some relevant data are not collected and disseminated in a standardized manner throughout California. In conducting this study, the researchers found a need for:

• Routine and standardized collection, digitization, and reporting of data on agricultural field locations of each pesticide use permit, which could then be made publicly accessible via the PUR system in a format convenient for Geographic Information Systems

•   An accurate, complete, and publicly accessible database on pesticides applied on school properties

• An accurate, complete, and publicly accessible database of school property boundaries in California

• Ongoing surveillance of the use of pesticides of public health concern near schools and other potentially sensitive locations, in order to understand trends and usage pattern

What Parents Need to Know

Regarding notification to school sites and County AG COMMISSIONER of pesticides to be sprayed near schools:

The annual notification to schools is required directly from growers of what they intend to spray within 1/4 mile (or 25 feet, depending on pesticide type) of a school.  Pesticides are also not to be applied between 6am-6pm Monday through Friday, depending on what is being sprayed.  See below for what is required for different types of pesticides.

Local school principles should get this notice and make it available to parents, which is the only notice of what is being sprayed and when.  Parents need to sign up to be added to a distribution list of these reports.

Question:  In the Ojai Valley, many residents live close to growers so why aren’t these notifications provided to residents of unincorporated areas of Ventura County who live next door to growers?

More info at the links below:
https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/enforce/school_notify/regulation_presentation.pdf

 

https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/enforce/school_not
Regulations, Title 3, sections 6690–6692
Increase Communication

Effective January 1, 2018:

  • Regulations apply to pesticide applications made for the production of an agricultural commodity within 1⁄4 mile of public K-12 schools and licensed child day care facilities, except family day care homes (collectively referred to as schoolsites)

  • Pesticide application restrictions will apply Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., within a specified distance of a school site:

o Two types of restriction distances: 1⁄4 mile (1,320 feet) or 25 feet, depending on the type of application equipment used and type of pesticide applied (some application types are prohibited by labels or do not occur)

Application Equipment Type

Minimum Distance to Schoolsite by Equipment and Pesticide Type

Dust

Fumigant

Granule

All Other Pesticides

Airblast Sprayer

1⁄4 mile

Prohibited

Doesn’t occur

1⁄4 mile

Aircraft

1⁄4 mile

Prohibited

1⁄4 mile

1⁄4 mile

Backpack Sprayer

1⁄4 mile

Prohibited

None

None*

Bait Station

None


Prohibited


None

None

Ground-Rig Sprayer

1⁄4 mile

1⁄4 mile

None

25 feet

Hand Pump Sprayer

1⁄4 mile

1⁄4 mile

None

None

Soil Injection

None

1⁄4 mile

None

25 feet

Sprinkler Chemigation

Doesn’t occur

1⁄4 mile

Doesn’t occur

1⁄4 mile

All Other Equipment

1⁄4 mile

1⁄4 mile

None

25 feet

*Backpack sprayers that incorporate an airblast sprayer to apply “other” pesticides are prohibited within 1⁄4 mile.

o Exceptions to application restrictions: The prohibitions do not apply if school classes are not scheduled for the day of application or the child day care facility is closed during the entire day of the application. This allows applications during the day on holidays and school breaks

  • An option for an agreement between a school site, property operator, and County Agricultural Commissioner with alternative application restrictions that provide the same or a greater level of protection as provided by the prohibitions

  • Field fumigations within 1⁄4 mile of a school site must be completed at least 36 hours before the start of classes

  • An annual notification by property operators to school sites and County Agricultural Commissioners by April 30 that includes contact information and a list of all pesticides expected to be used within 1⁄4 mile of a school site during July through June

o A new grower (through purchase or lease of a field) must provide the first notification within 30 days of assuming control of the property

CalAgPermits is the suggested online method that growers/property operators use to develop and submit the notifications.

www.cdpr.ca.gov/schoolnotify/