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From June 10, 2005
Legislature Passes School Lawn Pesticide Bill
Under the bill, public and private preschools and elementary schools can use integrated pest management techniques to apply pesticides sparingly on playgrounds and playing fields until July 2008. After that, all pesticides, including fungicides, insecticides and herbicides, will be banned. The bill includes a provision that allows for the emergency application of pesticides to eliminate immediate human health threats as determined by local or state health officials. The Greenwich Time reports that the bill does not apply to high schools as part of a compromise for officials who worried that the quality of playing fields would suffer without herbicides, according to Representative Lile Gibbons, one of the bill's many co-sponsors. "Eventually all schools are going to fall under this," she said.
is one of 30 states in which the pesticide industry has put preemption
clauses into state statutes, making it illegal for towns to be more protective
of their citizens when it comes to lawn-care pesticide exposures,"
explains Nancy Alderman, president of Environment
and Human Health, Inc., a Connecticut-based non-profit organization
that strongly supported SB 916. In February, Nancy Alderman testified
to the members of the Connecticut congressional Environment Committee
in favor of the bill. Alderman and other local activists working on the
bill hope that SB 916 will serve as a model for other states to follow.