To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to require local educational agencies and schools to implement integrated pest management programs to minimize the use of pesticides in schools and to provide parents, guardians, and employees with notice of the use of pesticides in schools, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``School Environment Protection Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds that-- (1) in 1992, the National Parent Teacher Association passed a resolution calling for the reduced use of pesticides in schools and calling on policymakers to consider all possible alternatives before using any pesticides; (2) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Education Association, and many other national public interest organizations have announced support for reducing or eliminating pesticide use in schools; (3) childhood cancer is continuing to increase at the alarming rate of 1 percent per year; (4) the overall incidence of childhood cancer has increased over the past 30 years, making cancer the leading cause of childhood death from disease; (5) approximately 6,500,000 (or nearly 9 percent of) children in the United States under the age of 18 have asthma, the most common chronic illness in children, double the percentage who were reported to have the illness in 1980, and the incidence of asthma continues to rise; (6) children are more susceptible to hazardous impacts from...