For immediate release Contact: Annie Jones Citizens for a Non Toxic City (123) 456–7890 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: Hundreds of Parents Expected at School Board Meeting to Speak Out on Regular Use of Toxic Pesticides on Campuses Summary: World Health Organization recently declared Roundup a probable carcinogen. The pesticide is one of four routinely used at all School campuses. Body: May 4, 2015 – Hundreds of parents concerned with routine use of Roundup and other toxic pesticides at City Unified School District campuses are expected to attend the School board meeting on May 5 to show their concern and speak out regarding the practice during the three minute open forum offered to attendees. Ground maintenance staff at all School campuses regularly use carcinogenic chemicals, including Roundup and 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) on and around play and classroom areas at the schools. School district recently ordered that use of Roundup be temporarily suspended around play areas, but it is still used in non-play areas and several other toxic chemicals are still in use. Susan Smith, Chair of Health and Safety for City’s School PTA, has been in communication with School for a year to find a better solution. She is on the agenda to make the case for a switch to non-toxic alternatives at Tuesday night’s meeting. School Board Meeting Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. 2020 Banana Leaf Parkway, City The four principal chemicals that have been applied to all campuses are Roundup Pro- Max, Pendulum Aqua Cap, Speedzone Southern Syngenta, and Fusilade II. As part of its formulation, the active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which has recently been declared a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization as well as the American Cancer Society. The active ingredient in Speedzone is 2,4-D, which was one of the two main components of Agent Orange. Smith has suggested that School use the non-toxic and organic products employed by Harvard University, Universal Studios, the town of Scarborough Maine, and several other schools. The cost of non-toxic pest control practices have the same cost as the chemical program currently employed by the district. The parent group has a Facebook page to update the public -https://www.facebook.com/CitySchoolsPesticideFree.