"State Introduces Additional Requirements for Pesticide Applications Near Schools," by Rachael Goodhue, Karen Klonsky, Christopher De Mars, and Minghua Zhang

June 22, 2017

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation will require growers to notify public schools and licensed daycare centers annually of pesticides that may be used within one–quarter mile and prohibits some applications on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The regulation is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2018. While notification costs in total are small on average, they are highly heterogeneous across growers. The economic impact of the prohibition on certain classes of applications is unclear. Insufficient information is available on the potential benefits of the regulation to determine whether it is socially desirable.