Pesticides banned in hot months next year | May – October |

HANFORD — Kings County farmers and crop-dusters won't be able to apply certain pesticides next summer because of air quality issues, the state Department of Pesticide Regulation said in a written statement Thursday.

The ban applies to Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties and parts of Kern County.

Included in the May-to-October prohibition are products that contain abamectin, chlorpyrifos, gibberellins or oxyfluorfen. The pesticides are applied to alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes, pistachios and walnuts.

The products release volatile organic compounds, an ingredient in air pollution. Regulators say that emissions of the compounds increased in 2013, triggering the May-October ban for 2015 and 2016.

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Lunatic Activist – EWG | Mary Ellen Kustin | Destroying Family Farming with Fear and Lies | Concern for Schools Near Areas of Pesticide Use | NJTV News | Public Media New Jersey

By Christie Duffy

Correspondent

A non-profit environmental group at odds with a chemical manufacturer over the safety of a weed killer. Caught in the middle — 72 New Jersey elementary schools located within 1,000 feet of fields sprayed with the chemical.

According to a new report by the non-profit Environmental Working Group, 487 elementary schools across the country are at risk of exposure to the “toxic herbicide” known as 2,4-D. The product’s maker is calling this recent report inflammatory.

An interactive map included in the report marks nine elementary schools in red, signifying that they are within 200 feet of corn and soybean fields.

Orchard Hill Elementary in Montgomery, Somerset County. It’s marked in red on the map. The school has farms on three sides.

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