SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  To reduce human exposure to pesticides, individuals who use them incorrectly will be subject to a new scale of fines under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook.

“Exposure to pesticides can affect the nervous and endocrine systems, irritate the skin or eyes, and some may even be carcinogenic, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” Avelar said.
“To protect workers and ensure a safe working environment, we must reduce the risk of exposure and ensure the proper use of pesticides.”

Senate Bill 203 will allow for the assessment of fines for any use of a pesticide outside its label and directions if it causes human exposure to the pesticide based upon the number of humans exposed. The bill was introduced in response to a particular incident where more than 20 individuals were sprayed with chemicals in a field. By increasing the fines and assessing them by the number of people exposed, the bill discourages incorrect pesticide use, keeping workers safe and healthy.

“My heart goes out to all of those affected by the negative effects of incorrect pesticide use, and I hope this bill provides some semblance of justice for them,” Avelar said. “I urge my colleagues in the House to pass this essential piece of legislation and protect workers across the state.”

Senate Bill 203 passed the House Agriculture and Conservation committee unanimously, and will now head to the House floor. For more information on Avelar’s legislative agenda, please visit www.ilga.gov.

Rep. Dagmara
Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar

85th District

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