Senate Environmental Quality Committee to review regulatory process on pesticide use near schools

February 28, 2017

Sacramento – The California State Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee will hold an oversight hearing tomorrow to evaluate whether proposed regulations by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) sufficiently protects children from the harmful effects of pesticides used near schools.   

“California’s agricultural industry is the largest in the nation and produces more than a third of the country’s vegetables,” Wieckowski said. “But it also relies on 150 million to 200 million pounds of pesticides annually and we have a responsibility to ensure that the public health, especially of our children, is protected from the harmful effects of these applications.  In the top 15 counties with the highest pesticide use, there are 2,500 public schools and 1.5 million students.  These regulations are vital to making sure our schools are safe environments for California’s kids.”

DPR released draft regulations proposing statewide policy on pesticide use near schools in 2016.  The Senate E.Q. Committee will hear testimony from DPR Director Brian Leahy, Dr. Karen Smith of the state Department of Public Health, growers, teachers and environmental health experts.   

Agenda and background information can be found on the Committee’s website at:


WHO:             Senate Environmental Quality Committee (Wieckowski, Chair)

WHAT:          Oversight Hearing of the Department of Pesticide Regulation: Are Proposed Regulations Protective of Children’s Health?

WHERE:       Room 3191, California State Capitol

WHEN:          9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.