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Governor Signs School Pesticide Bill
that linger in a child’s ‘breathing zone’ pose a risk
that the child could become ill or develop long-term effects of pesticide
exposure including neurological, respiratory, immune, or endocrine problems,”
states the Governor’s press statement.
“I am pleased to sign this new law to create a safer and healthier environment for Michigan’s children,” Governor Granholm said. “This new law will protect children from coming into contact with chemicals and materials that could be hazardous to their health.”
and private k-12 schools and day care centers were already required
through regulations (promulgated in Regulation No. 637 Pesticide Use,
section 285.637.14 of the Michigan Administrative Code), Public Act
24 of 2004 also requires:
Provisions in the
new bill that are stronger than the previous regulations include:
Although the new bill does not give priority to non-chemical pest management approaches, implementing a good IPM program is critical in reducing, and ultimately eliminating, the use of hazardous pesticides and pest problems. IPM is a pest management strategy that focuses on long-term prevention or suppression of pest problems through a combination of practices such as regular pest population monitoring, site and pest inspections, an evaluation of the need for pest control, occupant education, and structural, mechanical, cultural, and biological controls. Techniques can include such methods as sanitation, pest-proofing waste disposal, structural maintenance, good soil health, and other non-chemical tactics. Least hazardous pesticides should be selected only as a last resort, thus minimizing the toxicity of and exposure to pesticides products that are used.
Although children’s health can be impacted from exposure to pesticide baits and gel formulations, as well as sanitizers, germicides, disinfectants and antimicrobials, their use are exempted from the bill requirements.
Numerous schools and districts in Michigan have been successfully implementing school IPM programs. The Lewis Case Technical High School in Detroit and the West Ottawa Public Schools are highlighted in the Beyond Pesticides and the School Pesticide Reform Coalition report Safer Schools: Achieving A Healthy Learning Environment Through Integrated Pest Management.
For a copy of the public act, see http://www.michiganlegislature.org/documents/2003-2004/publicact/htm/2004-PA-0024.htm.
ACTION: Contact Beyond Pesticides and learn how
to get your school to adopt an IPM program by:
For more information, see Beyond Pesticides' Children and Schools issue pages.