On December 1, 2010, the California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) authorized the registration of the pesticide methyl iodide, a fumigant used to prepare fields for the planting of crops. The approval follows the international ban on the use of the pesticide methyl bromide due to its proven hazardous impact to the ozone layer. The pesticide will be used for the most part in the growing of strawberries but will also be used for other high level crops such as nut orchards and fresh flower nurseries.
Regulators authorized registration over concerns raised from environmental and farmworker groups and a departmental scientific advisory panel report stating concerns that the improper application of the pesticide could poison water and air. Learn more: “Methyl iodide gains state OK for use on crops” San Francisco Chronicle December 2, 2010
Coastkeeper is committed to following the practices of the dairy industry in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, to ensure their compliance with environmental regulations intended to protect our drinking and recreational water from harmful pollutants such as bacteria laden manure runoff.