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... Read More


This bill was introduced on Mar 20, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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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,


This Act may be cited as the ``School Environment Protection Act''.


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...

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Children need better protection from toxic chemical exposure while at school. Numerous scientific studies find that pesticides used in schools are linked to cancer, asthma and other health problems. A 2010 Harvard University study links everyday pesticide exposure to ADHD. While some states have taken limited action to protect children from pesticides in schools, these policies represent a patchwork of laws that are uneven and inadequate. SEPA would provide a minimum national standard to protect kids in their places of learning. SEPA Summary -- SEPA requires that all public schools adopt defined integrated pest management (IPM) programs for buildings that emphasize non-chemical pest management strategies and only use least-toxic pesticides as a last resort. -- Requires organic management of school grounds and playing fields, and prohibits synthetic fertilizers due to their adverse impact on healthy soils, plants, and turf, and associated environmental impacts. -- Least-toxic pesticides do not include: pesticides that are carcinogens, reproductive and developmental toxicants, nervous and immune system poisons, endocrine disruptors, or have data gaps or missing information on health effects, as well as outdoor pesticides that adversely affect wildlife, have high soil mobility, or are groundwater contaminants. -- The bill establishes a 12-member National School IPM Advisory Board that, with the help of a technical advisory panel, will develop school IPM standards and a list of allowable least-toxic pesticide products. -- It requires each state to develop its IPM plan as part of its existing state cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA. -- A public health emergency provision allows the use of a pesticide, if warranted. In this case, notification of the pesticide application is required to be provided to all parents of students and school staff. For more information on the School Environment Protection Act, see Beyond Pesticides' SEPA webpage:

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