California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation Issues Pesticide Enforcement Guidance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2020
Erin Curtis, California Environmental Protection Agency
(916) 322-7350 Erin.Curtis@calepa.ca.gov
Charlotte Fadipe, Department of Pesticide Regulation
(916) 445-3974 Charlotte.Fadipe@cdpr.ca.gov
- Strictly enforce all applicable pesticide health protections around homes and schools during the COVID-19 emergency. Pesticide applications are prohibited when there is a reasonable possibility of contamination of people not involved in the pesticide application process.
- Continue to work with schools to understand when children and others are likely to be present at school sites and restrict pesticide applications, as appropriate, accordingly.
- Take a strict approach to assessing penalties. Violations that occur near homes or schools during the COVID-19 emergency should be considered among the most serious and should carry fines at the top of the range. This could mean fines of up to $5,000 per person per incident.
- Enhance the transparency of pesticide applications that occur near homes and schools.
- Ensure that CACs prioritize investigations of violations near homes and schools. DPR may refer violations to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution as appropriate.
- Work with community residents to facilitate the reporting of pesticide incidents. The Department will continue to promote use of the California’s System for Pesticide Incident Reporting (CASPIR) mobile application for quick and anonymous reporting of pesticide incidents.
• California Air Resources Board • Department of Pesticide Regulation • Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) • Department of Toxic Substances Control • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment • State Water Resources Control Board • Regional Water Quality Control Boards
CalEPA, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 • P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95812 • (916) 323-2514 www.calepa.ca.gov