From Nancy Alderman at EHHI
Sign Up by December 31 So You Can Be Notified of Your Neighbors' Pesticide Spraying Next Spring
North Haven , Conn., December 14, 2010 - Even though people are not thinking about protecting themselves from lawn-care pesticide exposures at this time of year - yet - if they don't sign onto Connecticut's Pesticide Registry by December 31st they will not be able to sign onto the registry until next year at this time.
Citizens can protect themselves, their families and their pets from toxic pesticide exposures from their neighbors' lawn and tree-care pesticide applications by being notified 24 hours in advance of their neighbors spraying, thereby allowing time to close windows and bring children and pets inside. You do not get this notification unless you are signed onto the state registry.
The Pesticide Registry requires that pesticide applicators give residents who have signed onto the registry 24-hour advance notice of their intent to spray an abutting property, which includes neighbors in the front, in the rear, and adjoining properties on either side.
Registration must be completed by December 31st and must be sent in writing to the CT Department of Environmental Protection, Pesticide Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.
Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI), a non-profit organization made up of doctors and public health professionals, is encouraging Connecticut citizens to take advantage of this existing state law," says Nancy Alderman, president of EHHI.
"Pesticides are intentionally toxic substances," says John Wargo, Ph.D., professor of risk analysis and environmental policy at Yale University's School of Forestry. "Some chemicals commonly used on lawns and gardens have been associated with neurotoxicity, adverse reproductive effects, and cancer in laboratory animals."