Communities in Action

CT: Victory Against Attempted Rollback of Safe School Grounds Law:
Toxic pesticides banned from CT elementary schools

Pesticide use is hazardous – particularly to the development of children’s immune and central nervous systems.  In 2010, Connecticut made history by becoming the second state in the United States to ban synthetic pesticide use on school grounds at day cares and schools with grades kindergarten through eighth grade. This past March, a bill that would expand Connecticut’s pesticide ban to high school fields was unfortunately stalled.  Toxics Action Center is part of the CT Safe School Grounds coalition annually going toe-to-toe with the pesticide industry to protect the law from roll-back and pushing further ahead. This year, we awarded the “CT Environmental Council” a Dirty Dozen Award. As the trade association for the pesticide applicator companies in the state- we recognized them as one of the top 12 pollution offenders in New England- and brought media attention to the issue. No doubt they will be back next legislative session- so contact us to support healthy school grounds!