Mark Weller

New reports: Monterey Bay Latino children on frontline of pesticide exposure

 

Salinas, CA – On Tuesday, Safe Ag Safe Schools, a coalition of parents, educators, farmworker and children’s health advocates, and health professionals will release a new report highlighting the growing case for the negative impacts of pesticides on children’s health, including in the Monterey Bay area. In addition, the group will highlight a second recently released report on environmental racism in pesticide regulations and enforcement.

 

The new report by the Pesticide Action Network, Kids on the Frontline, reviewed by renowned independent scientific experts, presents a summary of the best available research, and finds that evidence linking pesticide exposure to childhood cancers and developing brains has grown increasingly strong. In particular, the report highlights the especially heavy exposure burden faced by children in agricultural communities across the nation. In California, Latino school children face the greatest risk.

 

The second report by the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, Right without a Remedy, shows internal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documents that reveal EPA’s persistent unwillingness to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, regarding Latino schoolchildren’s exposure to dangerous pesticides.  The report focuses on material from Angelita C., et al. v. California Department of Pesticide Regulation (1999), named after the mother of an Ohlone Elementary schoolchild, who filed the lawsuit with several Monterey Bay and other California families.

 

Children’s health advocates say the reports’ findings warrant swift action from policymakers. In California regulators are considering comprehensive new regulations addressing hazardous pesticide use near the state’s schools, including schools in the Monterey Bay area.

 

Contacts:

Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Contact: Mark Weller, 831-325-1681, mark@pesticidereform.org

National Contact: Paul Towers, 916-216-1082, ptowers@panna.org

 

WHERE:      Monterey County Government Center, 168 W Alisal St., Salinas

 

WHEN:        Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 12:00 noon

 

WHO:          Dr, Ann Lopez, Executive Director, Center for Farmworker Families

                     Lauro Barajas, Central Coast Regional Director, United Farm Workers

                     Casimira Salazar, Migrant Teacher, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

                     Carole Erickson, RN, PHN, and Co-Chair, Safe Ag Safe Schools

                     Jesus Lopez, Community Worker, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.—Salinas

                     Ofelia Flores, Member, Lideres Campesinas

                     Cesar Lara, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council

                                     

VISUALS:     Crowd with colorful signs and posters

 

SPANISH:     Spanish-speakers available for interviews. Summary of Kids on the Frontline and full Right without a Remedy reports available in Spanish.

Mark Weller

SASS Members and Friends,

Please take just a few moments to submit a letter/email to the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) regarding Fumigant Notification policy by the public comment deadline of May 20. 

We have a right to know when hazardous drift-prone fumigants are applied near us, yet there currently is no state policy that requires notification of fumigant applications (except in a very limited way for methyl bromide)! 

DPR needs to see a flood of emails from us!

A template letter is below with the addresses you would need to email your comments.  The draft letter is similar to part of the letter submitted by Safe Ag Safe Schools (approved at the April 21 SASS meeting in Salinas), which we hope will be useful for individuals and organizations.
 

It's easy as 1-2-3 (Please don't take offense, but I'm spelling it out for the technically-challenged like me):

1) just copy & paste the email addresses (brian.leahy@cdpr.ca.gov, Randy.Segawa@cdpr.ca.gov) into a new email, then
2) copy & paste the letter, and
3) write your name and address under "Sincerely" (Please, don't use/leave my signature information on your letter!).


Also, it would be a big help in tracking our impact if you could blind copy me when you send your letter.

Thank you!
Mark