Thursday, December 3, 2009

Federal School Pesticide Bill Introduced

On December 1st, Rep. Rush Holt (NJ) and 14 cosponsors introduced a new and improved version of the School Environment Protection Act (SEPA) --HR 4159. This bill will take hazardous pesticides out of the schools nationwide, requiring the adoption of defined pest management methods in schools that prohibit chemicals with listed adverse health and environmental effects and missing data. It creates a national School IPM (integrated pest management) Advisory Board with independent authority to establish the allowable "least-toxic" materials in schools with a technical advisory panel (modeled on the National Organic Standards Board).

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