Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
EPA Activities in Kettleman City Area
Kettleman City Indoor Pesticide Sampling
During a recent visit to Kettleman City, CA The U.S. EPA staff noted that new orchards of almonds and pistachios have been planted to the north, east and west of the city with no buffer other than a road between orchard and residences. The EPA is concerned residents of Kettleman City may be exposed to agricultural pesticides within their homes. In March 2011, the EPA collected samples from inside a small number of Kettleman City homes to find out whether pesticides used either primarily or solely in agriculture were present. Pesticides were detected in homes, but amounts were below levels of concern. A second set of samples was collected in July 2011. Once results for the July samples are received from the laboratory and pesticide use data are available, EPA will prepare a final report.