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Protect Connecticut's Children from Dangerous Pesticides

To be delivered to: CT General Assembly and Governor Malloy
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In order to protect the health of our children, pesticide exposure must be reduced or eliminated wherever possible. I urge Governor Malloy and the CT General Assembly to expand Connecticut’s K-8 pesticide ban to include high school playing fields (grades 9-12), public parks, and town greens.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Academy of Sciences, and American Public Health Association, among others, recognize the danger that pesticide exposure poses to our children’s health and have recommended reducing children's exposure wherever possible. The growing body of peer-reviewed scientific evidence indicates that pesticide exposure can adversely affect a child's neurological, respiratory, immune, and endocrine systems, even at low levels. Long-term exposure to pesticides has also been linked to cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Fortunately, communities can eliminate their use of hazardous pesticides while successfully and cost-effectively managing pest problems on public parks and school playing fields. Connecticut has already banned pesticides on K-8 and daycare facility playing fields and green spaces, in favor of readily available and affordable non-toxic alternatives. Time and time again, schools that have eliminated toxic pesticide have reported effective pest management and significant long-term financial savings. Connecticut must now take action to protect all children from toxic pesticides by banning pesticides on high school playing fields, public parks, and town greens.

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