National Environmental Action

1920 - US Federal Power Act


Authorizes Federal Hydroelectric projects leading to Hoover Dam

1921 - US Supreme Court Allows NJ to Dump waste in NY Harbor


New York vs. New Jersey and Passauu Bailey Sewerage Commissioner

1921 - Leaded Gasoline Discovered


Discoverd by Charles Kettering of General Motors

1924 - Oil Pollution Act


1927 - River and Harbor Act


US Army Corps of Engineers survey and plan navigation for inland waters

1929 - Norbeck-Anderson Act


100 wildlife sanctuaries designated

1933 - First Dust Bowl Storms in Midwest


1933 - Civilian Conservation Corps formed


2000 camps opened and 2.5 million served until its shuttering in 1942 for WWII

1934 - Francis Perkins, US Sec of Labor


Establishes Occupational Safety and Health Administration

1937 - 1st Organophosphate developed


German chemists develop first organophosphate. First developed chemical as warfare agent and later repurposed for insecticides

1937 - Term "Greenhouse effect" coined by Glen Thomas Trewartha


1946 - Bureau of Land Management established


1946 - 1st Commercially available chlorine-based herbicide made to kill broadleaf plants


1947 - The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) enacted


required pesticide registration with USDA but gave them no power to refuse registration or to control use

1952 - Delaney Committee Investigates safety of chemicals in foods


This was the foundation of 1954 Miller Pesticides Amendment

1958 -Food Additive Amendment of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act


1960 - Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published


Foundation of Modern Environmentalist Movement

1969 - National Environmental Act passed


First law passes to protect environment

1969 - National Environmental Policy Act Enacted


Required federal agencies to consider environmental matters before taking action on projects

1970 - Clean Air Act passed


1972 - US EPA cancelled DDT for all crop uses


1972 - Clean Water Act passed


1980 - Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act Passes


gives federal government Superfund to clean hazardous sites

1994 - Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations


Issued by President Clinton

1996 - Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act passes


Regulated pesticide uses and required legal licensing of all pesticides

Dec 12, 2001 - US National Research Council suggests that climate change may arrive very quickly


US National Research Council suggests that climate change may arrive very quickly, wreaking sudden and catastrophic damage on people, property, and natural ecosystems. The report was titled, “Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises.”

2002 - Federal, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act


Regulated pesticide residue left on food _ gave EPA authority to regulate

Oct 11, 2003 - Hunting endangered species


The Bush administration proposes changes to conservation laws that would allow hunters, circuses and the pet industry to kill, capture and import animals from other countries that are on the brink of extinction.

2003 - Bush Administration compiles most anti-environmental record of any US president


Under fire by Bush and Congressional Republicans are the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the toxic waste Superfund, the Right to Know Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and many more.

Jan 29, 2003 - Bush administration wins a court victory on mountaintop removal mining


Environmental groups had challenged permits for coal mining operations for mountaintop removal, saying they violated the Clean Water Act. The law allows companies dynamite huge slabs of mountains and then dump the “spoil” — tons of rock and dirt — into valleys and streams. The practice saves money, but environmental and citizens groups stopped it with a lawsuit in May of 2003. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, however, ruled in favor of the companies. About 20 new permit applications were pending in West Virginia and Kentucky just after the Bush victory.

Dec. 30, 2007 — US Climate Data Center and others say 2007 was the warmest year on record.


US Climate Data Center and others say 2007 was the warmest year on record.

Aug 24, 2007 - US Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement


US Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement proposes easing environmental requirements for mountaintop removal mining. The proposals outraged many people in Appalachia

Jan 25, 2008 - US Forest Service opens 3.4 million acres (1.4 million hectares) of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging despite protests.


US Forest Service opens 3.4 million acres (1.4 million hectares) of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging despite protests.

Sept. 20, 2009 - US EPA announces new Clean Air Act regulations


US EPA announces new Clean Air Act regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants

April 17, 2009 - US EPA rules that emissions of six greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, are a danger to public and should be regulated.


US EPA rules that emissions of six greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, are a danger to public and should be regulated. This followed an April 2007 Supreme Court ruling that greenhouse gasses should be regulated ( Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency) and a rule-making procedure in the Bush Administration that was little more than foot-dragging.

June 2014 - Mountaintop Removal Mining


A scourge of Appalachia’s environment — is one step closer to ending after a federal district court ruling that the practice is ruining water and aquatic ecosystems.

June 2014 - US EPA announces new Clean Air Act regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants


US President Barack Obama proposes new carbon emissions rules for power plants in order to slow the rate of CO2 accumulation in the atmosphere and fight climate change. The new rules are greeted with enthusiasm in some areas, despair in others. The rules are a compromise and not as strong as environmentalists hoped and some industries feared.

Nov. 6 2015 - US President Obama stops Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the US


Jan. 16, 2015 - Animal loss in world oceans has reached crisis proportions


Animal loss in world oceans has reached crisis proportions, scientists say.

Dec. 18 2015 - US Congress renews solar and wind energy tax credits for five years, proving stability to the renewable energy industry.


California Environmental Action

1960 - Founding of United Farm Workers (UFW) by Cesar Chavez


Activist labor union know also known as National Farm Workers Association to address work conditions for farm workers

1965 - First state to regulate vehicle exhaust


Became the first to regulate vehicle exhaust by setting limits on hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions

1966 - Bureau of Occupational Health of California released pamphlet


Bureau of Occupation Health of California, Dept of Public Health released pamphlet titled "Occupational Disease in California attributed to Pesticides and other AG Chemicals"

1969 -Two Bills passes - AB 1209 & AB 1210


Pesticide regulations

1969 - California Public Health Dept. released findings from a door-to-door survey


Released findings from a door-to-door survey of 774 farm workers. 80% suffered from pesticide poisoning

1970 - California passes it version of California Environmental Quality Act


1989 - The Integrated Waste Management Act


The Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, enacted at a time when the state’s rate of diversion of discards from landfills was a meager 10 percent, established jurisdictional mandates to divert 25 percent and subsequently 50 percent of their waste in order to protect the environment, conserve resources, and cut our reliance on landfills. The law initially measured local results based on diversion, but now does so by disposal reduction, and the vast majority of California jurisdictions have achieved their disposal targets and implemented a broad range of waste reduction and recycling programs.

1994 - Mono Lake Restoration


In 1994, State Water Board issued Decision 1631, which ended decades of conflict between conservationists and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s diversion of water from four streams that are tributary to Mono Lake. As a result, Mono Lake levels have risen, protecting wildlife and water quality, the fishery in the four streams have improved, and restoration efforts continue.

1994 - The Unified Hazardous Materials Regulatory Program


The program, created in 1994, effectively consolidated and streamlined the efforts of more than 1,000 regulatory bodies to 121 coordinated state and local agencies. The program has consolidated inspections, standardized enforcement and created an electronic permitting system. This system also allows public access to information on how hazardous materials are handled throughout the state creating a much more transparent government.

1997 - Advancing Reduced‐Risk Pest Management


The Pest Management Alliance and an associated grants program, established in 1997, has provided more than $10 million in funding for projects that increase implementation and adoption of proven, effective integrated pest management (IPM) practices that reduce pesticide risks to human health and the environment.

July 1, 2001 - Environmental Working Group reports thatsources of drinking water for more than 7 million Californians and millions of others are contaminated with Perchlorate


Environmental Working Group reports thatsources of drinking water for more than 7 million Californians and millions of others are contaminated with Perchlorate, a chemical that disrupts child development and may cause thyroid cancer.

2004 - CalEPA adopted California’s first environmental justice interagency strategy


lays out a mission, vision and core values for environmental regulatory state boards, departments and offices. Subsequently, CalEPA adopted California’s first environmental justice action plan for action-oriented EJ priorities to protect vulnerable populations from environmental impacts.

Dec 7, 2004 - Automakers file suit against California


Automakers file suit against California to stop a greenhouse gas emissions law that requires better fuel economy. Automakers filing the suit are: Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Toyota.

Sept 2006 - Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger passes AB 23


Directs industries to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions by 25% over the next 13 years.

May 2010 - Once-through Cooling Policy Enacted:


In May 2010, the State Water Board adopted its once-through cooling policy for power plants to reduce ocean water intake by 93 percent to protect marine life, recreational and commercial fishing.

2013 - Alternative to Fumigants


Much of California’s strawberry growers use fumigants – gaseous pesticides injected into the soil prior to planting – to control pests which threaten their crops. However DPR recognizes that some fumigants may pose environmental concerns. DPR convened the Non-fumigant Strawberry Production Work Group in 2012, and the following year, DPR and the California Strawberry Commission launched a three-year, $500,000 research partnership. Over the past fiscal year, more than $1 million has been allocated for future research grants to analyze alternatives to high-risk pesticides, especially fumigants.

2014 - California Drought


2014 was a daunting year as the State Water Board carefully navigated a third year of drought with a series of important actions intended to balance water needs. During this historic drought, the State Water Board swiftly took three distinct actions. Those actions included: approved a series of Temporary Urgency Change Petitions submitted by both the State and Federal Water Projects to ensure that enough water can be directed to communities served by the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project; began issuing curtailment notices for junior water right holders along the Sacramento, San Joaquin, Scott, Eel and Russian rivers when it became clear there would not be enough water available to serve all water right claims in those watersheds, and, adopted historic emergency water conservation regulations that required water agencies, their customers and state residents to mandatorily increase water conservation in urban settings or face possible fines or other enforcement action.

2014 - Reducing Pesticide Emissions


California was the first state in the nation to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from pesticides. In areas with severe air quality problems, DPR put regulations into place that limit fumigant emissions by reducing the amount applied and requiring low-emission application methods.

Salina Valley Environmental Action

1867 - City of Salinas Incorporated


1933 - Salinas made its first annexation to the original city by adding 52 acres


September 4, 1936 - Salinas Lettuce Strike

September 4, 1936

3,200 members of the Fruit and Vegetable Workers Union walked out of the Salinas-Watsonville lettuce sheds

1930 - Salinas population reached 10,263, and would continue to grow given the area’s many advantages


Fine weather, an expanding agricultural industry, and later the government assisted building programs and projects drew refugees from the harsh reality of the Depression and the conditions of the Dust Bowl in other parts of the county

Summer 1970 - To keep the UFW out of California lettuce and vegetable fields, most Salinas Valley growers sign sweetheart contracts with the Teamsters Union


Some 10,000 Central Coast farm workers respond by walking out on strike. The UFW uses the boycott to convince some large vegetable companies to abandon their Teamster agreements and sign UFW contracts. Chavez calls for a nationwide boycott of non-union lettuce.

Dec. 10-24, 1970--Chavez is jailed in Salinas, Calif

Dec 10 1970 - Dec 24 1970

Chavez is jailed in Salinas, Calif. for refusing to obey a court order to stop the boycott against Bud Antle lettuce. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert Kennedy, visit Chavez in the Salinas jail.

July-August 1975 - To educate farm workers about their newly-won rights, Chavez embarks on a 1,000-mile 59-day trek

July 1 1975 - August 1, 1975

To educate farm workers about their newly-won rights, Chavez embarks upon his longest, and least known, march, a 1,000-mile 59-day trek from the Mexican border at San Ysidro north along the coast to Salinas and then from Sacramento south down the Central Valley to the UFW's La Paz headquarters at Keene, southeast of Bakersfield. Tens of thousands of farm workers march and attend evening rallies to hear Chavez and organize their ranches.

Oct. 5, 2005 - Chloropicrin drift incident caused


a chloropicrin drift incident caused hundreds to experience burning eyes, nausea, vomiting, or difficulty in breathing

Frank Bardakes Timeline

1937 - In Detroit, much militancy on factory floor


Page 4

1950s - Families Recruited/enlisted in Union for activism by Caesar Chavez

Approx. 1950 - 1959

Page 20

1962 - Union formed (UFW)


Page 15

1970 - UFW won strike in Salinas Valley


1970-77 - Member of UFW

1970 - 1977

Page 3

1971 - Worked at Inner Harvest Company


Page 1-2
Activist Delores (primarily a boycott figure) was lead negotiator in Salinas strike; Picked up hitchhiker

1979 - Left UFW


Page 3

1980s - Mentions UFW was defeated

Approx. 1980 - 1989

Page 5

1990s - There was more appeal to help farm workers

1990 - 1999

Page 10

1998 - First Intro to someone involved int he work was through Robin Canyon


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Gary Karnes Timeline

1960s - Gary - Referenced Reagan Era

Approx. 1960 - Approx. 1970

Page 6

1963 - Train wreck incident in Watsonville


1970s - Refused induction into draft

Approx. 1970 - Approx. 1979

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*Attempts made to minimize pesticide agriculture

1973 - Strike


Page 7

1979 - Strikes


Page 7

1980s - Attempts made to minimize pesticide agriculture

1980 - 1989

Page 7-8
*tried to get with field posting ordinance

Francisco Rodrigues Timeline

1984 - Francisco Rodrigues got involved with Chicano(Mecha) Movement

1984 - 1989

Page 3

1990s - Without naming, mentions someone (a principle) who was active with the union and with the lethal bromide fight

Approx. 1990 - Approx. 1999

Page 13

2007-8 - President of Local Teachers' Union

Approx. 2007 - Approx. 2008

Page 2

2016 - When the draft regulation for buffer zones was supposed to be released

09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016

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2017 - When notifications (of fumigation application) takes effect

03/01/2017 - 03/31/2017

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Ceasar Lara's Timeline

1935 - Mentions Major UFW strike that took place in Salinas


2002-2004 - Worked in community organizing w/ UFW

2002 - 2004

Page 2
Worked as a congressional aid; worked with Lupe(community organization) for 2 years

2014 - TPR said pesticide stuff is a work problem


Page 2

2015-2016 - Worked with counsel on pesticide watch

2015 - 2016

Page 2
Got resolution passed by supervisors

Mary Flordin Timeline

Mid 1970s - Cynthia & Andy undergrad at USCS

Approx. 1973 - Approx. 1977

Page 1

1980s - Returned to USCS

Approx. 1980 - Approx. 1989

Page 1

1980s - Involved at Amesti Elementary

Approx. 1980 - Approx. 1989

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1980s - publishing of "The Barring of Bromide"

Approx. 1980 - Approx. 1989

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1990s - Involvement at Amesti Elementary led to inspiration for Mary Flordin's book

Approx. 1990 - Approx. 1995

Page 18

2010 - Resurgence of Anti pesticide movement


Page 16

2010-12 -Time past since myth iodide incident

2010 - 2012

Page 12

2015 - Taught at Pajaro Valley


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Mark Weller Timeline

1960s - Mark Weller - start of the United Farm Workers movement

Approx. 1960 - Approx. 1969

Late 1970s - Corporatization of pesticide companies

1975 - 1979

Page 2

1991 - Founding of DPR


2014 - Report on Pesticide application near public schools completed by DPR


Page 1

2014 - Hired by California Pesticide Reform


Page 1
*Supreme Court denied localities pesticide regulation power

2015 - DPR announced they would draft something


Page 8

2015 - DPR public hearing in Salinas


Page 8

2015 - Monteray AIG Commissioner Came to Coalition Meeting


Page 5-6

2015 - Eric, AIG Commissioner wouldn't take action against fumigants


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Juan Martinez Timeline

1960 - Juan Martinez Start of conversations over toxicity of burnt materials

Approx. 1960

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1965 - First involvement with a strike


Page 2

1968 - "Set off the boat" for Kennedy


Page 2-3

1970s/80s - Referenced state senator bill

Approx. 1970 - Approx. 1983

Page 1

1970s - Start of field posting ordinance

Approx. 1970 - 1980

Page 7

1978 - Activation of Monetary County Pesticide Coalition


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1980s - Conference at Hartnell College

Approx. 1979 - Approx. 1980

1979 - Met Chavez with Hector


Page 10

Late 1980s/90s - Environmental Justice organizing over waste. landfills and incinerators

Approx. 1980 - Approx. 1990

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1980 - Educated community about defolding herbicide


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Late 1990s - Tracy Attended UC Berkeley

Approx. 1995 - Approx. 1999

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Sara Ringler Timeline

1980s - Sara Ringler - When Perkins's timeline starts

Approx. 1980 - Approx. 1989

Page 1
When Tracy's timeline starts for documenting the political evolution of California's environmental justice movement

1990s - Maryland Garrett School Regulations

Approx. 1990 - Approx. 1999

Page 2
*Maryland Garrett got school district to come up with regulations
*Sarah wrote letters to there editor at Sentinel
*Majority of students at schools Sarah taught were Latinos

1992 - EPA Civil Right Complaint lawsuit settled


Page 8

2008-10 - Time period of Methyl Bromide

2008 - 2010

Page 9

2011 - Sarah Letters to Editors


Page 12
*How far back Sarah's letters to the editors go

2013 - Sarah moved to Lakeview and taught there


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2015 - Mcquitty; Teachers become ill from fumigants


Page 16
Mcquitty; teachers become ill from fumigants
*also-the time period in which Sarah retired from teaching at Lakeview middle school

2016 - Year of Application of Methyl phased out


Page 9
*Year when the application of methyl bromide was supposed to be phased out

Tracey Brieger

Late 1980's - "Big Green ballot initiative"

Approx. 1985 - Approx. 1995

Page 2
Ballot measured dubbed "Big Green" ballot initiative to ban worst pesticides in the state.

Local ordinance passed to ban aerial spraying of pesticides in Mendocino.

Local ordinance to ban aerial spraying of pesticide in Mendocino

Ballot measure dubbed “Big Green”

1996 - CPR Founded


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1998- CPR became a campaign-based coalition


Page 2
CPR became a campaign-based coalition focused on pesticide use in schools

2000 - Healthy School Acts of 2000


Page 2

Healthy School Acts of 2000

2001-02 - Tracey Brieger joined CPR

2001 - 2002

Page 3
This happened right after the Earlimart posioning incident. CRLAF attempted to pass a bill "to ban worst pesticides in public schools.

Earlimart poisoning

2003-04 - Poisoning incident in Arvin and Lamont

2003 - 2004

Page 3

Teresa was hired by the coalition.

Poisoning incidents in Arvin and Lamont

2011 - Environment California left Steering Committee


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Coalition got involved in GMO labeling initiative - Prop 37


Dec. 5 2013 - Funder Tour


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