Thursday, September 23, 2010

Governor urged to sign bill to protect schools from pesticides

Article by Theresa Harrington from the Contra Costa Times:

CONCORD -- Local officials, parents and environmentalists are urging the governor to sign a bill that would help protect children from being exposed to dangerous pesticides on school campuses.

"Pesticides can trigger asthma," said Susan JunFish, a Moraga parent and leader of Parents for a Safer Environment, which is lobbying for passage of Senate Bill 1157.

The bill, authored by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, would require schools to adopt pest-management programs focusing on the least-hazardous practices to rid campuses of insects and other pests by 2014. DeSaulnier gathered with supporters of the measure Tuesday at the Cambridge Child Development Center, which occasionally hires a company that sprays to eliminate roaches when children are not present.

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