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November 15, 2004

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(04/132) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced final rules that require safe pest control methods in schools. Under these rules, DEP will work with public, private and charter schools throughout the state to ensure they use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to reduce children's exposure to potentially harmful pesticides and help safeguard public health.

"These rules require our schools to take three common-sense steps to protect our children: avoid pesticide use when you can; minimize use when pesticides are necessary; and notify parents and kids when pesticides are used," said Commissioner Campbell.

IPM is a holistic approach to controlling pests that uses a wide variety of tools such as sanitation, structural modifications and other management techniques rather than automatically turning to chemical control as a first option.

The new rules require schools to employ non-chemical pest management practices where possible and use low-impact pesticides. Low-impact pesticides are those that present minimal health risks due to their particular use and application method.

The new rules require schools to notify parents in advance of any pesticide application. Schools must also maintain detailed information about pesticide use on their property and respond to inquiries about IPM on their sites.

The IPM rule amendments were proposed in May following the enactment of the School Integrated Pest Management Act, which was signed into law by Governor James E. McGreevey in December 2002. Senator Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) sponsored the legislation along with Senator John Matheussen (R-Camden/Gloucester), Assemblyman Joseph Roberts Jr. (D-Camden/Gloucester), Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union) and Assemblyman Albio Sires (D-Hudson).

"This act is designed to reduce children's exposure to harmful pesticides," said Senator Buono. "If spraying ultimately is deemed necessary, the IPM Act provides a solid framework for informing the community and assuring that all necessary precautions are taken."

To help New Jersey schools meet the challenges of adopting IPM measures, DEP is supplying schools with guidance materials and is working side-by-side with school administrators. Many schools have already begun implementing IPM in response to these new requirements.

The new rules will appear in the New Jersey Register on December 6, 2004.

Information about IPM is available at:



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