Scutari Bill Looks To Protect Residents From Harmful Chemicals

Senator Nick Scutari listens to testimony at a Committe hearing

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, to alert residents of the presence of chemicals that have been applied in the area by commercial pesticide companies through the use of silver flags, was approved by the Senate Environment Committee.

“Pesticide applicators often use a variety of colors and types of flags to mark pesticide applications,” said Senator Scutari, D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union. “This bill would create a uniformed marking system that will clearly differentiate flags being used to mark pesticides from other things like invisible dog fences, underground utility lines, septic tanks, and underground piping.”

The bill, S-134, would require every commercial pesticide applicator to use silver flags to mark areas on which pesticides are to be applied. The flags must indicate the time and date of the pesticide application.

According to Senator Scutari, “The bill would eliminate confusion caused when the Department of Environmental Protection designated white flags for pesticides warnings, when white is already used in excavations.”

The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration. ###

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