The California Environmental Health Initiative


Science at the intersection of human health and agriculture.


Statewide Plant Pest Prevention & Management Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (Pest PEIR)

On Jan. 8, 2018, California Superior Court set aside the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) Pest PEIR and ordered all activities under the program stopped.Read the court’s ruling here and our press release here.

CDFA had approved the PEIR on Christmas Eve, 2014 despite 30,000 public comment letters most of which opposed the program. The PEIR is designed to give advance approval for future pesticide spray and other pest management activities. The PEIR pre-approves state use of 79 pesticides and other chemicals that are linked to cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, and reproductive harm and are lethal to bees and other pollinators, fish and other aquatic life, birds, and mammals.

CDFA’s stated intent is for this PEIR to be the only environmental review of its pest management activities anywhere in the state, for the foreseeable future. 

This means that residents who object to a future pest treatment plan for their community will have no meaningful voice in deciding whether the health or other risks of the treatment are acceptable for themselves or their families.

Read about our lawsuit to stop the PEIR here.

Donate to help stop the Pest PEIR.


Click here to go to the CDFA website page where you can download the Pest PEIR

View our past press releases and correspondence with state and federal officials on the Pest PEIR, including our letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack.

Read our Letter to Gov Brown and CDFA Sec Ross opposing the Pest PEIR. Click here for an updated list of organizations that signed the letter. 

Read our article on the Pest PEIR published in the newsletter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals.