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Teresa DeAnda

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Teresa DeAnda

Air Quality Advocate and Central Valley Representative
Californians for Pesticide Reform
Expertise: 
Central Valley air quality
redundant uses and hazards of pesticides
well-being of Earlimart, Calif., residents
California Pesticide Drift Exposure Act

Biography

Teresa DeAnda is a Central Valley air quality advocate whose work on pesticide hazards grew out of her personal experiences in Earlimart, an agricultural town located south of Fresno and north of Bakersfield along Freeway 99. The Earlimart native is the mother of seven children, ages 7 through 27, and the grandmother of five. She became aware of the redundant use of pesticides during the 1990s when airborne pesticides drifted into her neighborhood. Her complaints to authorities went nowhere, she said. Then, in November 1999, as she put it, \"a pesticide accident caused evacuation and the dehumanizing decontamination of 24 folks on a soccer field.\" She became so angry that she began educating herself about the many pesticides used around Earlimart and the illnesses they can cause. Now, she works for Californians for Pesticide Reform and serves as director of the Committee for the Well Being of Earlimart. She played a key role in the passage of the new California Pesticide Drift Exposure Act and was recently appointed to the California EPA Environmental Justice Advisory Committee.

1302 Jefferson Street, Suite 2
Delano  California  93215
United States
Office Phone: 
(661) 721-2535
Office Fax: 
(661) 720-9483

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