Patch's Poll: Should Pesticides Be Allowed On School Grounds?

A bill in the General Assembly would roll back Connecticut's 2005 legislation banning the use of pesticides on school fields. What do you think about this issue?

A bill is pending in the state legislature that would revoke Connecticut’s 2005 law that restricts the applications of pesticides on school grounds.

“Connecticut’s landmark law banning the use of toxic pesticides on elementary and middle school fields in Connecticut is in danger of being eliminated,” said Nancy Alderman of Environment and Human Health. “Pro-pesticide forces have introduced legislation that would roll back protections for children’s health and once again permit the use of even the most toxic pesticides on school fields.”

Alderman and a coalition of public health, children's advocacy and environmental organizations, state legislators and health professionals, testified in favor of keeping the ban on Thursday.

What do you think about the situation in Central Connecticut? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Bob Hetzel March 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I firmly believe that chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are a serious threat not only to the health of the turf, but more importantly to the users of the turf and the technicians who apply them. I think I know of specific cases of cancers induced by these practices. Organic methods, close mowing, and attention by parents should be enough to prevent most illnesses caused by ticks and mosquitoes. I am not a physician: I spend a lot of time outdoors.
Catherine & Dennis May 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Why stop at their homes? The Town of Windsor and the DEEP says its ok for high levels of Chlordane and Dieldren to be in their water supply and blow on them while they play outside or walk in their neighborhoods. Why would there be two separate considerations? School or home-where they spend more time? And I thought that this issue was only one where people in one neighborhood were being overly sensitive???? I would love to hear the reasons and justifications as to how you would consider not putting it on school grounds but ok to blow in their yards, on their person and in their water. Very interested. In our neighborhood it's called remediation.


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