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Protecting Their Potential: Ensuring California’s school children are safe from hazardous pesticides
April 29th, 2014
CPR's new report summarizes state data showing widespread agricultural pesticide use near schools, and recommends policies to reduce children's exposure to pesticides.

State Pesticide Approval Process Flawed, Report Finds
September 26th, 2013
Amidst California’s review of the cancer-causing strawberry fumigant chloropicrin, a report released by UCLA found serious flaws in the state’s approval process for pesticides. These flaws appear to be systemic in DPR’s decision-making.

Farmworkers & Environmental Health Organizations File Methyl Iodide Lawsuit
On December 30, a lawsuit was filed by Earthjustice and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. on behalf of Californians for Pesticide Reform, many of our member groups including Pesticide Action Network North America, United Farm Workers of America, and Pesticide Watch Education Fund as well as others. The suit challenges the state Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) approval of methyl iodide for use in California on the grounds that it is a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Birth Defects Prevention Act and the Pesticide Contamination Prevention Act.

Corporate pressure defeats science on methyl iodide: California approves new cancer-causing pesticide in state’s strawberry fields
December 1st, 2010
Ignoring the assessments of top US scientists and its own Scientific Review Committee, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced its approval today for use of methyl iodide, a potent carcinogen and water contaminant, in the state’s strawberry fields.

Washington State says no to methyl iodide
Following a review of the science, Washington Department of Agriculture cites “unreasonable adverse effects on human health and the environment” in its decision.

NEWS RELEASE: Scientists testify to CA Senate on the dangers of methyl iodide
By proposing to register methyl iodide, DPR is ignoring the findings of its own Scientific Review Committee as well as the concerns of CA citizens

NEWS RELEASE: DPR proposes registration of carcinogenic pesticide
Corporate pressure trumps science on methyl iodide: California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposes use of potent carcinogen and water contaminant

School children at risk of pesticide poisoning
May 15th, 2009
On three reported occasions in the past seven months—two in the past three days—pesticides have drifted onto school children waiting at school bus stops in Madera and Fresno counties.

News Release - Republicans Use Budget to Rollback Air Pollution Protections
February 19th, 2009
Rural Californians spared from Republican Demands for more Pesticide Air Pollution

NEWS RELEASE - San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Problems Discounted
November 25th, 2008
State agency backslides on its requirements to prevent pesticide smog; Valley communities demand enforcement of regulations

Californians for Pesticide Reform Receives Grant from California Breathing
June 27th, 2008

Long Overdue State Regulations on Smog-Forming Pesticides Released Today
May 18th, 2007

Pesticides Pollute Air: Community Activists Prove Contamination
July 18th, 2006