School pesticides bill in jeapordy
School Environment Protection Act of 2001 (SEPA), an amendment to the education
bill currently being considered on Capitol Hill, may be in trouble. SEPA was
brokered by Sen. Robert Toricelli and was widely hailed as a workable compromise
between environmental and industry groups. However, no similar measure was
attached to the House version of the bill.
any bill sent to the President for signing must be approved by both chambers of
Congress, the House of Representatives must now consider the measure. However,
the legislation is facing serious challenges in the House.
Robert Goodlatte, R-Va.,
chairman of the House Agriculture Oversight Subcommittee, strongly opposes the
measure. The ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, Rep. Eva Clayton of North
Carolina, also has serious concerns. Without the consent of the house, the
measure cannot be approved.
SEPA is ultimately approved, it will restrict pesticide applications in schools
by requiring posting and prior notification, as well as limiting applications to
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