The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently released new regulations that place additional restrictions on the agricultural use of pesticides. These new regulations apply to applications that are made within ¼ mile of public schools or child day care facilities

The restrictions apply Monday through Friday from the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and goes into effect on January 1, 2018. Applications will be restricted based upon the distance from the schoolsite, equipment used to make the application and pesticide being applied.

Matthew Allen

Last month, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a motion to invalidate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision not to restrict or eliminate the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. In the ruling, which took place on July 18, the three-judge panel said that the EPA complied with the court's previous orders by issuing its "final response to the petition."


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