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EPA holding pesticide training

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Are you a farmer, or do you work with pesticides? Then you don't want to miss the Guam Environmental Protection Agency's pesticides training courses.

Thinking green means taking into consideration all aspects of the environment especially when it comes to getting rid of pests and mold which often calls for the use of chemicals and as Guam EPA administrator Eric Palacios says knowing how to properly apply these chemicals makes a world of difference and because of this the agency in partnership with GHRA are offering pesticide training. "People that handle pesticides or any type of material that falls under that classification either pesticide fungicide or rodenticide are properly trained in the usage of chemicals," he explained.

While the training will run from July 7th through the 11th it will include various courses for managers, private pesticide trainers and employees, farmers landscapers and golf course managers. "Its for their safety the safety of their patrons who frequent the establishments that they work at for farmers it's not just for the safety of themselves but the crops they produce," said Palacios.

When it comes to farmers Palacios says they want to make sure that the crops produced and eventually marketed are safe for human consumption as misapplications of pesticide can lead to serious consequences for the community.  "People can get sick seriously ill I guess depending on the type of chemical possible worse than ill," he said.

Health of residents is priority but equally important is the health of our environment and the farming industry. Palacios says  they want to make sure that any residual waste generated does not have an adverse effect on the environment for example waste that may be picked up from storm water run off, adding, "If these things through the residual waste end up in our ocean then we have an adverse effect on our ecosystem as well."

For more information on pesticide safety and the upcoming seminars call Guam EPA at 300-4751. 
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