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Most of the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR’s) air program activities focus on individual pesticides, but some projects focus on multiple pesticides in selected communities. DPR also monitors air, water, and other media when pesticides are applied by government agencies for exotic pests in residential areas.

  • DPR air monitoring network
    In 2011, DPR established a monitoring network to sample ambient air for multiple pesticides in Ripon, Salinas, and Shafter on a regular schedule, over several years.
  • Community monitoring for 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D) and methyl bromide
    DPR and the Air Resources Board are conducting air monitoring for 1,3-D and methyl bromide in several communities during 2011-2015.
  • Lompoc
    In 1997, DPR investigated concerns about pesticide use In Lompoc. Air monitoring in 2000 showed no unusual pesticide exposures.
  • Parlier
    In 2006, DPR conducted air monitoring in and near Parlier, southeast of Fresno, as part of the CalEPA’s Environmental Justice Action Plan.
  • Kettleman City, PDF (20.8 mb) In 2010, several state agencies investigated an apparent increase in the number of infants born with birth defects in Kettleman City. DPR conducted air monitoring and computer modeling to evaluate the potential exposure of the community to pesticides. The investigation did not find a specific cause or environmental exposure that would explain the birth defects, including pesticides.
  • Exotic pest projects
    Government agencies use pesticides to eradicate infestations of exotic pests. DPR monitors selected treatments to provide information on pesticide concentrations in air, water, and other media.
  • Air Resources Board (ARB) air monitoring network
    ARB has a network of stations primarily in urban areas that monitor California’s air for a variety of pollutants such as ozone and toxic air contaminants. ARB’s monitoring includes two pesticides: 1,3-dichloropropene and methyl bromide.

For content questions, contact:
Pam Wofford
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Phone: (916) 324-4137
E-mail: Pam.Wofford@cdpr.ca.gov