Intensify in U.S. States
Under the PRETEXT of
the use of pest control
products on grounds
and DAY-CARE CENTERS
opens the door to gradual
and eventual expansion
to TOTAL PROHIBITION
Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITIONS in U.S. States are IMPOSED under the PRETEXT of protecting children, when, in fact, CHILDREN ARE NOT AT RISK.
The ultimate goal of Anti-Pesticide Activists is CONTINUING TO IMPOSE NEEDLESS PROHIBITION on grounds surrounding SCHOOLS and DAY-CARE CENTERS, and subsequently opening the door to gradual and eventual expansion to TOTAL PROHIBITION.
Children across North America, even in those jurisdictions with NO pesticide bans, are all protected since these products are applied at VERY LOW DOSES and represent NO THREAT TO CHILDREN.
The SAFETY ASSESSMENTS of pest control products by the Environmental Protection Agency and Heath Canada take into consideration CHILDREN’s physiology, behaviours, and habits WHILE PLAYING ON TREATED GRASS.
There are NO valid reports of problems with children, and there is NOT ONE KNOWN ILLNESS or DEATH from the proper use of pest control products used in the Urban Landscape.
For additional information, go to the following web-pages …
MYTHS ABOUT ANTI-PESTICIDE PROHIBITION
U.S. Regulatory Affairs
In the United States, determining regulations for pest control product use is a responsibility SHARED AT THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates pest control products nationally under the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act ( FIFRA ) and other laws to register pest control products, educate applicators, monitor compliance, and investigate problems.
Under these guidelines, states are allowed to develop their own regulations that are more comprehensive and stringent than federal regulations.
State regulatory offices typically license Professional Lawn Care companies and other users of pest control products, certify individual applicators, investigate companies, and enforce laws in conjunction with the EPA and other agencies, according to the National Pesticide Information Center.
The MAJORITY of states have legislated PRE-EMPTION LAWS.
In general terms, PRE-EMPTION refers to the ability of one level of government to OVER-RIDE the laws of a lower level.
PRE-EMPTION LAWS have effectively STOPPED the possibility of STATE or MUNICIPAL PROHIBITIONS of pest control products, and even fertilizers, used in the Urban Landscape.
However, with the support of Anti-Pesticide Organizations, several states and municipalities are fighting to overturn PRE-EMPTION LAWS in order to IMPOSE the NEEDLESS, SENSELESS, and MALICIOUS PROHIBITION of products that are, otherwise, EPA-APPROVED, FEDERALLY-LEGAL, SCIENTIFICALLY-SAFE, and PRACTICALLY-NON-TOXIC.
State PRE-EMPTION Laws
Many states have PRE-EMPTION LAWS to prevent municipalities from crafting their own laws regarding the use of pest control products and fertilizers.
NEW JERSEY 2
1 A bill introduced in the CONNECTICUT legislature in 2011 seeks to overturn the state’s pest control product pre-emption law.
2 Local ordinances must be submitted for approval to the NEW JERSEY Department of Environment.
3 Local ordinances must go to the WASHINGTON Office of the Attorney General for interpretation and approval. Generally, use restricted ordinances are not approved.
In states that do not have PRE-EMPTION LAWS, municipalities can specify their unique ordinances for how pest control products are used and applicators are certified.
District of Columbia
What follows is an update of new and/or note-worthy state and municipal PROHIBITIONS, including proposed legislation that would impact usage on a NATIONAL level.
Proposed NATIONAL PROHIBITION
Federal legislation, the SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT ( SEPA ), was first introduced in November 1999 in both the U.S. Senate and House, and has been re-introduced every Congressional session since.
The legislation seeks to PROHIBIT NATION-WIDE the use of pest control products at SCHOOLS for both INDOOR and OUTDOOR ( grounds ) applications.
It also would ban the use of SYNTHETIC FERTILIZER at SCHOOLS.
The bill, if adopted, would establish a 12-member National School IPM Advisory Board to develop school IPM standards that would be a national standard.
State Laws for Schools and/or Day-Care Centers
34 states have adopted laws that address the use of pest control products at SCHOOLS AND/OR DAY-CARE CENTERS.
21 states RECOMMEND OR REQUIRE that SCHOOLS the use of IPM ( Integrated Pest Management ) … a 24 per cent increase since 1998.
16 states RESTRICT when or what pest control product may be applied in SCHOOLS.
17 states require SIGN-POSTING for SCHOOLS for INDOOR applications.
26 states require SIGN-POSTING for SCHOOLS for OUTDOOR ( grounds ) applications.
23 states require prior written PRE-NOTIFICATION to students, parents, and staff before an application is made to SCHOOLS.
State of Connecticut ― School PROHIBITION
A law passed in Connecticut PROHIBITS the use of pest control products on grounds surrounding SCHOOLS and DAY-CARE CENTERS.
The Connecticut law ( effective October 1st, 2009, for DAY-CARE CENTERS and on July 1st, 2010, for K-8 SCHOOLS ) PROHIBITS all EPA-registered pest control products labeled for use on lawn and/or ornamental sites, including fungicides, herbicides and insecticides.
State of Illinois ― Day-Care PROHIBITION
Illinois legislated a PESTICIDE AND LAWN CARE PRODUCT APPLICATION BILL that PROHIBITS the application of pest control products when children are present at licensed DAY-CARE CENTERS.
Additionally, the treated area of those centers must remain unoccupied for at least two hours following application.
Applicators must provide a four-day PRE-NOTIFICATION of application for parents and guardians of children at DAY-CARE CENTERS and SCHOOLS.
State of Maine ― Proposed PROHIBITION
Maine is PROPOSING a CHILD SAFE PLAYING FIELDS ACT similar to the State of New York.
State of Massachusetts ― School PROHIBITION
In Massachusetts, on grounds surrounding SCHOOLS, pest control products are PROHIBITED for purely « cosmetic » reasons.
State of New Hampshire ― Proposed PROHIBITION
New Hampshire is PROPOSING a CHILD SAFE PLAYING FIELDS ACT similar to the State of New York.
State of New Jersey ― Municipal PROHIBITIONS
40 towns in this state have already PROHIBITED pest control products in PARKS, and more than 30 municipalities have enacted PROHIBITIONS of conventional pest control products on PUBLIC PROPERTY.
The state is PROPOSING a CHILD SAFE PLAYING FIELDS ACT similar to the State of New York.
State of New York ― School PROHIBITION
A law passed in New York PROHIBITS the use of pest control products on grounds surrounding SCHOOLS and DAY-CARE CENTERS.
New York State’s CHILD SAFE PLAYING FIELDS ACT was passed in May 2010, requiring all SCHOOLS, PRE-SCHOOLS, and DAY-CARE CENTERS, both public and private, PROHIBIT the use of pest control products on playgrounds or playing fields.
The law went into effect for DAY-CARE CENTERS on November 14th, 2010, and for SCHOOLS on May 18th, 2011.
The law does allow for emergency application of pest control products in instances of infestations. [ Big Deal ! ]
U.S. President’s Two-Person Panel on Cancer
Doctor Leonard Ritter CAUTIONED AGAINST PUTTING ANY STOCK in the 2009 U.S. President’s Panel on Cancer, which was released in 2010.
The 2009 U.S. President’s Panel on Cancer cautioned people to choose food grown without pest control products or chemical fertilizers and to stop or reduce use of pest control products and fertilizers on landscaping.
It advised that « pesticides approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contain nearly 900 active ingredients, many of which are toxic. »
However, Doctor Ritter noted that tobacco smoke contains 4,000 chemical compounds, including 70 known human carcinogens.
The 2009 U.S. President’s Panel on Cancer stated that pest control products and agricultural fertilizers also are major contributors to water pollution [ ?!?! ]; and that farmers and their families are at highest risk from agricultural exposures. [ ?!?! ]
In fact, Doctor Ritter detailed THIRTY YEARS OF RESEARCH WHICH REFUTED THE CLAIMS of the 2009 U.S. President’s Panel on Cancer.
Doctor Ritter noted that the 2009 U.S. President’s Panel on Cancer was actually ONLY MADE UP OF TWO PEOPLE.
Even the highly-respected New England Journal of Medicine said the U.S. President’s Panel on Cancer …
« Paints an UNBALANCED PICTURE … with NO SUPPORTING DATA. »
Dr. Leonard Ritter is Chair Professor Emeritus of Toxicology, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, and Executive Director, Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres, with 35 years of experience in the field of toxicology and pesticide safety.
The NORAHG Library of Force Of Nature Reports
State of California
State of Colorado
State of Delaware
State of Florida
State of Illinois ― Chicago
State of Illinois ― Highland Park
For more information about HIGHLAND PARK, go to the following web-page …
State of Kansas
State of Maine
State of Maine ― Scarborough, Town of
State of Maryland
State of Massachusetts
State of New Jersey
U.S. Enviro-Terrorism & Violation of State Law
State of New York
State of North Dakota
State of Ohio
State of Oregon ― Ashland
State of Oregon ― Lincoln City
State of Oregon ― Portland
State of South Dakota
State of Vermont
State of Virginia
State of Wisconsin
NORAHG has archived more information on The Pesticide Truths Web-Site …
CARNAGE CAUSED BY CATASTROPHIC ANTI-PESTICIDE PROHIBITION
CONVENTIONAL PRODUCT – 2,4-D HERBICIDE – EVALUATIONS & ASSESSMENTS
CONVENTIONAL PRODUCT – GLYPHOSATE HERBICIDE ( ROUNDUP ) – WEIR – HUBER – WEST COAST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW – HEALTH CANADA
FAILURE OF ORGANIC PESTICIDE-FREE MAINTENANCE
MYTH-BUSTING – CANCER, THE MYTH OF
MYTH-BUSTING – PESTICIDE BANS – THE MYTHS ABOUT ANTI-PESTICIDE PROHIBITION ( Long Version )
PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS – CHILDREN ARE NOT AT RISK
PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS – WATER QUALITY – MYTH ABOUT WATER
POSITIVE WAVES – PLANET'S GREAT CONSERVATIONISTS
THE WISDOM OF ELIZABETH M. WHELAN AND AMERICAN COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND HEALTH ( ACSH )
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORISM – STATE PRE-EMPTION
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORISM – HIGHLAND PARK, ILLINOIS
VICTORIES AGAINST TERRORISTS !
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