Friday, October 26, 2012

Protect kids from pesticides

I am so glad that our local citizens coalition Pesticide Action Network of Blaine County (of which I am a supporter) introduced the goats and many other alternatives to chemicals to our community. Many of the chemicals used to manage weeds in our playing fields, park areas and other public spaces are just too risky and inadequately studied before they are available for use. For example, the DuPont chemical Imprelis was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Only after it killed thousands of trees around the country (some right here in Blaine County) did EPA withdraw it from the market.  

Pesticide Action Network of Blaine County has requested that the School District take action to protect kids from chemicals by passing a formal policy on the use of chemicals on school grounds. The policy prioritizes alternative methods over chemicals and also requires public notification if chemicals are used.

I want to avoid areas where pesticides are used, for my own health and that of my pets. It makes sense to take steps to protect kids from potentially harmful chemicals and for parents to know when chemicals are used. Job No. 1 is to keep kids safe at school. Blaine County School District should move forward with this policy now to protect kids from chemicals. It’s the right thing to do for the health and safety of kids and our community.

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Sunny Grant



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