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LI'er-sponsored pesticide curb becomes law

A state law that will limit the use of pesticides on school lawns and playing fields was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. David A. Paterson.
Blocked for years in the state Senate, the bill prohibits the application of chemicals such as weed killers and fungicides on turf fields and playgrounds at day care centers and public and private schools. This year’s version was sponsored by Assemb. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) and Sen. Brian X. Foley (D-Islip, Brookhaven, Fire Island).
Environmental advocates such as Adrienne Esposito of Citizens Campaign for the Environment say that limiting children’s exposure to pesticides will improve their health and also reduce polluted runoff that can foul groundwater.
But the pesticide industry has opposed the law, saying that such chemicals help cut down on asthma and health threats from insects, such as Lyme disease. The New York Association of School Boards didn’t like the law either, saying it took away the ability of schools to effectively manage pest control.

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