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Denver parents look for alternatives to chemicals on school lawns

Yesterday, the Denver Post reported that parents are asking the school district to reconsider the chemical applications on school property. A petition drive started last month takes particular issue with 2,4-D, a broadleaf herbicide that has been linked to cancer, reproductive and other health concerns, and was part of the now infamous Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War.

The contract with TruGreen nearly up, the school district is considering accepting new proposals to maintain its 449 acres of lawn on school campuses.

Nicole Bauman, a concerned parent who started the petition that’s collected 500 signatures in one month, says, “I guess you just assume the schools know what they’re putting into their lawns and doing the right thing, but I’m not even sure they were aware of the problems.”

The petition signatures will be presented to the DPS Board of Education next week.

Read full article from the Denver Post here: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18326588

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