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States Call on HUD to Reduce Pesticides in Public Housing

October 8, 2003, eleven attorneys general petitioned the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to comply with federal law by improving its pest management in thousands of public housing developments across the nation.

  • New York Attorney General Eliot Sptizer
  • California Attorney General Bill Lockyer
  • Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
  • Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
  • Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly
  • Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch
  • Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore
  • New Mexico Attorney General Patricia A. Madrid
  • Oklahoma Attorney General W.A. Drew Edmondson
  • Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch
  • US Virgin Islands Attorney General Iver A. Stridiron

In the petition, the attorneys general listed above demonstrate that better pest prevention and the use of non-chemical controls and less harmful pesticides provide effective pest control while reducing the exposure of residents to toxic pesticides.

"Millions of people, including children, who live in public housing are exposed to chemical pesticides because of a federal agency has chosen not to comply with the law," said New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. "Integrated Pest Management will lead to more effective pest control while decreasing resident's exposure to toxic pesticides. HUD should comply with this common sense policy quickly and effectively."

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