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From November 17, 2005
State Proposes Pesticide Notification Rule
“Everyone has the right to know when children are exposed to agricultural chemicals,” Olympia resident Harry Branch told the Olympian. State Department of Agriculture Director Valoria Loveland is expected to rule on the proposal Nov. 29. The proposed rule would take effect Jan. 1.
Public interest groups, education officials and some Olympia residents supported the rule but said it didn't go far enough. “The proposed rule is a good first step,” Elizabeth Davis of the League of Women Voters of Washington said to the Olympian. But notification should be extended to all children and adults who live, work and play near pesticide spray zones, and apply to a broader range of pesticides, she said.
The state agency
should also institute no-spray buffer zones and air monitoring, said
Angela Storey of the Washington Toxics Coalition. She also recommended
restrictions on the use of drift-prone pesticides and drift-prone equipment
and expansion of the list of pesticides covered by the rule.