Ban Aluminum Phosphide and Diphacinone use on PVPUSD Fields
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The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District contracted with RPW services to treat the fields for gophers at several schools. Confirmed schools: Montemalaga, Cornerstone, Lunada Bay, Pointe Vicente. Vomiting, headaches, dizzy spells, chemical rashes have been reported from children attending Montemalaga and Silver Spur.
The highly toxic chemicals used were Fumitoxin (active ingredient: Aluminum Phosphide) and Gopher Getter 2 (active ingredient: Diphacinone).
Symptoms of aluminum phosphide poisoning include, but is not limited to: nausea, difficulty breathing, respiratory failure, dizziness and/or death.
Diphacinone is highly toxic to humans and other mammals by inhalation, dermal absorption, and ingestion. It causes internal hemorrhaging that can lead to death. Other signs of poisoning include spitting of blood, bloody urine or stools, internal hemorrhaging, and widespread bruising or bleeding into the joints. When a lethal dose does not cause immediate death, then death tends to be delayed and due to massive hemorrhage.
The CDPR states these guidelines to this pesticide use: When this product is used in athletic fields or parks, the applicator must post a sign at entrances to the treated site containing the signal word DANGER/PELIGRO, skull and crossbones, the words: DO NOT ENTER/NO ENTRE, FIELD NOT FOR USE, the name and EPA registration number of the fumigant, and a 24- hour emergency response number. Signs may be removed 2 days after the final treatment.
The above precautions were not taken.
PVPUSD continues to be vague about the recent treatments specifically regarding when it was done, and how long the children should stay off the fields. Their recommendation of returning to the fields immediately after treatment is inconsistent with the warnings communicated by RPW. The district continues to blame RPW for miscommunicating the warnings which caused parents to worry unnecessarily, but RPW has not confirmed this.
We want a complete and final end to use of these pesticides on school campuses.
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