Eliminate toxic pesticide use at Bolingbrook playgrounds and parks

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Dear Mayor of Bolingbrook Roger Claar and President of the Board of Bolingbrook Park District Jerry Hix,

The families of Bolingbrook want our children to run, roll around, and play at our amazing park district outdoor offerings without the concern of exposure to undesirable, cancer causing toxic chemicals.

“We” the families of Bolingbrook, Illinois, are respectfully asking Bolingbrook City and Park District leaders to take a health protective approach by immediately banning toxic pesticides, including Roundup, and switching to proven and organic landscape methods.

We are asking that Bolingbrook City leaders and school districts make the health of our children your priority over weed abatement in the Bolingbrook Parks and School areas. Our children should never be exposed to toxic pesticides, especially for purely cosmetic reasons.

In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a World Health Organization agency, found glyphosate to be probably carcinogenic to humans. (https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf On March 10, 2017 a California Superior Court judge ruled that the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) was legally in the clear to add glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer under Proposition 65.  

Children are more vulnerable - The American Academy of Pediatrics says there is no safe level of pesticide exposure for children. Children are especially sensitive to pesticide exposure as they take in more pesticides relative to their body weight, are more physical in their environment and their bodies are still developing. (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/6/e1757

 Pesticides do not magically become safe after application - Pesticide residues will remain on the grass even if it is dry. While inhalation and dermal exposures are considered major routes of exposure for lawn pesticides, very few studies have been done to determine the health effects of such exposures.

More parks and schools are taking steps to rid the use of Roundup being used at schools and parks across the United States. Please help our children to grow up in enjoyable and safe community areas.

 http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-naperville-parks-organic-roundup-st-0924-20170922-story.html



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