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Hazardous Pesticides Used Near Schools Prompts Closer Monitoring

Posted Tuesday, April 29th 2014 @ 3pm  by KFBK News

Children's health advocates are calling for closer monitoring of pesticides near schools. 

This all comes after a report released by the California Department of Public Health report last Friday. 'One hundred forty highly hazardous pesticides were used in close proximity - meaning about a quarter mile - to schools,' says State Director of Pesticide Watch Mike Somers.

The director also says that affects over 220 schools and over 118,000 children. He says some of these pesticides are known to be hazardous, such as harm to the brain and nervous system. 

Somers says California should reduce the use of these highly hazardous pesticides and give schools advance notice of when some of these pesticides are being applied.

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