‘I have to be careful’: Texas governor over pesticides in schools
AUSTIN, Texas — AUSTIN — In a move that is sure to raise eyebrows, Gov.
Greg Abbott said Tuesday that he will be ordering the state’s state-owned pesticide company to cease selling its pesticide products in Texas schools.
A spokesman for Abbott did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
The Texas Tribune is not naming the governor because he is not a party to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Austin.
The suit says that Abbott has been making an ideological point by directing the Texas Department of State Health Services to stop selling its Pesticide Control Agent (PCA) spray for use in classrooms and at schools, including a spray for teachers, because it is contaminated with the insecticide, which is used to control dengue fever.
The suit also alleges that Abbott ordered the company to stop buying other PCA products, including spray for schools.