Testimony & Official Correspondence

Monday, October 29, 2007

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Air monitoring by the Environmental Working Group detected extremely high levels of the toxic pesticide methyl bromide drifting from a strawberry field next to Salsipuedes Elementary School in Watsonville, Calif., following fumigation of the field on Oct. 25, 1997.

Monday, October 29, 2007
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On Aug. 21, 1997, owners of the Nakama Ranch began fumigating a 90-acre strawberry field in Camarillo, Calif., with methyl bromide. The field is next to the Lamplighter Mobile Home Estates, whose residents, concerned about the dangers of exposure to the acutely toxic pesticide, had appealed to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to stop the fumigation. DPR denied the appeal, and fumigation proceeded, 10 acres at a time, through Sept. 8.