AB 405 - Stops Experiments on K-12 Public School Kids -
California Kids & Teachers Are NOT Lab Rats!
AB 405 - Stops Experiments on k-12 Kids
Los Angeles, Ca - One of the "common sense" bills that just passed the
California State legislature this session is the Governor's greatest headache. Will
he veto it to protect a generous and powerful industry? Or will he protect
more than 6 million children, and hundreds of thousands of
teachers, and school employees, by signing it? Assembly Bill 405 protects
those in school from exposure to experimental pesticides.
Is it legal to expose kids to untested toxins? Absolutely! And until AB 405
becomes law, it will stay that way. Currently, California allows pesticide
products without full registration and missing health data to be applied on
school sites, which may expose school children, teachers, and other members
of the public to unreasonable and unknown health risks.
Historically, pesticide products that have conditional registration or
experimental use permits have been sold and used for years without
completing outstanding data requirements. Missing data typically includes
information about metabolic impacts, mechanistic properties, the fate of
residue, risk assessment, efficacy, leaching, stability, receptor dosage,
application, and resistance studies. In this case, what you don't know can
certainly hurt you.
AB 405 , authored by Assemblymember Cindy Montanez and sponsored by
California Safe Schools, a children's environmental health organization,
closes that loophole. Additionally, the bill prohibits the use of pesticide
products on school sites for which registration has been canceled,
suspended, or marked for phase out of use.
The dread we all feel about increasing numbers of cancer, asthma, learning
disabilities, and birth defects has triggered a movement for proactive
health measures. Because of their constantly developing physiology, children
and adolescents are especially vulnerable to the damage of chemical
Aside from disrupting the immune and reproductive systems, kids can be
impacted neurologically- ironically harming their ability to learn in the
institution they are sent to be educated. The fact that threshold levels of
pesticide exposure and health studies are currently based solely on an adult
male of approximately 160 pounds underscores that children are counting on
adults to protect them. So far, we are failing.
The bill's long list of endorsers include the California Medical
Association, California State PTA, California School Boards Association,
California Teachers Association, Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, Los
Angeles Unified, Learning & Disabilities Association of America, Sierra
Club, California League of Conservation Voters, and the Environmental Health
and Environmental Justice Community. While the recent victories of AB 405
are encouraging, the battle is not over.
Even with more than hundreds of chemical products available in this bill to
address all health and safety emergencies, no financial impact to school
districts or industry, the Governor's office is already hearing from a
brigade of chemical industry lobbyists.
The only hope for our children, teachers and school employees is that the
Governor hears from you too.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
For further information:
California Safe Schools
address: Box 2756 Toluca Lake, California 91610
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