Residents learn latest about pesticide safety near homes, schools in Arvin


Most kids are out of school for the summer, but when classes resume, you have a right to know if your child’s school is safe from harmful pesticides.

A community meeting was held in Arvin Friday evening where parents were encouraged to read the list of pesticides that will be sprayed in and around their child’s school.

The Pesticide Safety Coalition discussed new regulations in Kern County, concerning pesticides near schools, day care centers and homes.

“There was actually no notification going on at this point until now. There’s the new regulation by (the Department of Pesticide Regulation) where it’s mandatory for the schools to have that list of all the pesticides that are going to be applied in a yearly basis,” Byanka Santoyo, with the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment said.

More meetings are planned in the near future in Lamont, Shafter and Wasco.

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