'What's that stuff they're spraying over there? And why are my eyes stinging?'
Rep. Jeff Irwin introduces right-to-know pesticide legislation
Approximately 78 million homes and businesses in the United States use pesticides on their lawns, and neighbors are often unaware of their exposure to potential hazards.
"But the chemical mixtures in pesticides have been linked to the damage of major organs, disruption of the hormonal and reproductive systems, skin problems, and cancer," according to Rebecca Meuninck, environmental health campaign director at the Ecology Center.
"And that's why we're saluting Representative Jeff Irwin for introducing a bill in the Michigan legislature that would allow residents to sign up to be notified when pesticides are sprayed in their area."
With the proposed notification system, Michigan residents would have the right to know when pesticides are used on nearby properties, which betters the chance for minimizing health effects by closing windows, keeping family members inside, and covering property while the chemicals are sprayed.
"This is not a small problem, and Michigan’s chemical policy could take a step forward by adopting Irwin's bill," Meuninck said. "Everyone should have the chance to be informed of toxics in their environment, so we hope that other members of the legislature will support Irwin's efforts and do the right thing by giving us the right to know."
EcoLink — June 2013 Ecolink An online publication of the Ecology Center